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Stewart gets jump on unsettled 2013 field

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By: Ryan Nobles – bio | email

Despite being in the midst of a contentious and serious battle for the 2012 federal elections. Virginia politicos are preparing for what could be an incredibly competitive 2013. Several candidates on both sides are either publicly or quietly mulling a run for statewide office. At this point the most of the conversations are speculative and the large field that currently exists will certainly be widdled down by the time voters are actually forced to make decisions. However with the active and ambitious crop being discussed heated primaries and/or state party conventions are almost certain.

Republicans are already dealing with a holy war at the top of their ticket between Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Lt. Governor Bill Bolling. The Bolling- Cuccinelli feud may be only part of what the GOP will be dealing with. A number of candidates are considering runs for Lt. Governor and Attorney General that if they hold it could mean competitive nominating contests on all levels.

A particularly interesting battle is setting up in the republican Lt. Governor’s race. Wednesday, the ambitious Chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors Corey Stewart formally entered the race. Stewart is well-known in political circles, in part because of the numerous times he has tossed his name into prospective statewide races only to back away. Most recently Stewart seriously considering running for the open U.S. Senate seat. He even went as far to say some pretty critical things about former Senator George Allen, who he later endorsed.

On First at 4, Stewart told me that the timing was right for him to run statewide this time.

“We’ve been able to reduce taxes, we’ve cut spending by more than $143 million dollars (in Prince William County) instituted some good budgetary reforms while still putting a lot more money into transportation, and I’d like to do the same thing for the Commonwealth of Virginia,” he said.

Stewart won’t be alone in the race for the state’s second spot. Pete Snyder, the wealthy technology entrepreneur and ally of Governor Bob McDonnell is also mulling a run. Snyder is getting quite a bit of face time in his role as the Virginia GOP’s chief fundraiser. He appeared on First at 4 a couple of weeks ago.

The republicans also have several candidates considering a run for Attorney General, the most prominent, Harrisonburg Senator Mark Obenshain and Charlottesville Delegate Rob Bell.

But too many candidates for not enough positions is not a problem exclusive to republicans. multiple candidates are lining up on the democratic side. State Senator Chap Petersen has already set up a PAC and has said he plans a gubernatorial run. Former DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe is widely expected to make another run. This is of course if the long running rumor that Senator Mark Warner would like to come back to Richmond, turns out to be just a rumor.

The lower parts of the ticket aren’t quite lined up as orderly as their counterparts on the republican side, but prominent democrats are being floated in those positions as well. Among them, Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring and former Delegate Ward Armstrong. Update: Friends of Loudon Democratic Senator Mark Herring emailed to remind me that he has officially begun exploring a run for Attorney General.

There are other names being whispered as well. Former candidate for Lt. Governor Michael Signer and his close friend former Rep. Tom Perriello both have been suggested as statewide candidates. Henrico Sen. Don McEachin ran for Attorney General before and could be thrown into the mix and a new rising start, Alexandria Del. Charniele Herring hasn’t formally talked about running statewide, but was a key voice in the battle over abortion in this year’s General Assembly session and might be a name brought up in the future.

So much of this talk is just that talk. Names thrown into the air to see what the reception is to gauge the possibility of investing, time, energy and quite a bit of money into running statewide. That is what make’s the Stewart announcement so significant. He is all in. More than a year before anyone will be forced to make a decision about who they would like as their nominee.

Will getting out first pay off? Stewart is betting it will. It is a question we won’t know the answer to, until we get through the first brutal election still in front of us.

Our full interview with Chairman Stewart can be found below:

Stewart’s full announcement can be found after the jump:

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VA Lt. Governor primary: Experience vs. Potential

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In the latest PPP poll that is getting so much attention because of what it says about the race for governor, 41% of respondents said they had no idea who they were voting for in the Lt. Governor’s race. That sounds like a big number, but it has actually dropped 22% since the last poll was taken. Regardless, in less than 24 hours voters will head to the polls and many of them don’t know much about either Michael Signer or Jody Wagner

Yesterday afternoon I sat down with both Signer and Wagner for a lengthy discussion about their race and one thing became clear. Jody Wagner is running as the time-tested experience candidate ready to get to work on day one. Michael Signer is running as a dynamic ideas man, prepared to reshape the office of Lt. Governor. A promise of a great return from a pool of potential. 

It offers voters a distinct choice that has provided some insight into the Democratic party in Virginia. While Wagner has locked up the endorsement of virtually every elected official and prominent Democratic leader, Signer has wrapped up support from the netroots advocates and a few progressive leaders who like to shake things up a bit. In a race that is often a stepping stone to greater things (although both candidates reject that notion) it is clear that there are diverging paths as to the future of the left side of the isle. 

Of course that is why we hold elections. And while this race won’t get too many headlines, it has the potential to speak volumes about where die-hard democrats see the future of their party. Do they want to continue the tradition built under the success of Warner and Kaine, or are they willing to take that a step further? Both this candidates have their ideas of which is the better alternative. The decision is now left in your hands at the ballot box on Tuesday. 

After the jump, you can see video of my report on the LG race from NBC12. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ryan Nobles

June 8, 2009 at 10:25 am