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Let me take a few minutes to REALLY get out of my lane and give a recommendation to those voting in the various Democrat primaries today.  In some of these races, it is likely to be the REAL election.

Sixteenth Senate:  I like both candidates but based on my meetings with Sen. Rosalyn Dance and her prior background and experience I’d vote for her.  She seems like she will be her own person and will try to do the right.  She has to face former Delegate Joe Morrissey.  Fill out your “Dance” card in the 16th with Sen. Dance and this time beat Joe.

Tenth Senate:  This race got nasty at the end with a perhaps surprisingly better-funded Alex McMurtrie attacking Dan Gecker, the purported front runner.  I also met (a fringe benefit of being a member of the Richmond Crusade for Voters!  If you live or work in RVA, join the Crusade.) Emily Francis.  I thoroughly disagree with Francis but I think she’s in politics for the right reasons.  I admire her idealism.  A debate with the Republican Glen Sturtevant, Carl Loser the Libertarian and Francis would be an intellectual feast.  I’d bring the popcorn.  Should be syndicated nationally.  Make it happen:  Vote Francis.

74th House District:  Joe Morrissey’s old seat has several neat stories:  The comeback of former Richmond Mayor Leonidas Young and the rise of Lamont Bagby (apparently based on the signs I saw in front of his law office in the East End supported by Senator McEachin) but I liked best Chief Stephen R. Adkins – I told my kids when I came home I met a REAL Native American chief! – of the Chickahominy tribe.  Might be useful to have a Native American leader in the legislature, especially after the hateful history associated with the Native Americans in the Commonwealth.  I told Chief Adkins that I strongly supported federal recognition of the Virginia tribes even if it meant casinos.  Adkins told me they kick him out of his church if he voted for casinos!  Vote Adkins.

Will I live blog the elections?  Maybe?  I have been invited to TWO victory parties:  Janis and Whitlock.  I might even try to say hello to Emily Francis, too.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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