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UPDATE: Ford May Run As Independent Instead! Vote Regie Ford Tomorrow in the Firehouse Primary in the 71th

UPDATE:  Regie Ford has indicated to me he may run as an independent instead!

Keep reading this blog for details!


Oh no, Sandy’s at it again!  Another local special election?  My long time Toastmasters colleague, Reginald “Regie” Ford is running in the Democratic “firehouse” primary scheduled for tomorrow – January 21 – that’s right – tomorrow – from 10 to 2 at Linwood Holton Elementary School in the city.

This is to fill the now vacated seat of now Senator Jennifer McClellan.

Any registered voter who is willing to sign a statement that they are a Democrat and who are not a member of another political party can vote in the firehouse primary.  You do not have to attend a meeting – just go to this one place and vote and then can go home.

Here is the official announcement:


71st House of Delegates District

The 71st House of Delegates District Democratic Nominating Committee will hold an unassembled caucus (firehouse primary) on January 21, 2017, between 10AM and 2PM at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W Graham Rd, Richmond, VA 23220, for the purpose of nominating a Democratic candidate for the February 7, 2017 Special Election for the 71st House of Delegates District Virginia General Assembly.

The caucus was changed to the Holton ES.

These elections are critically important.  The winner will have to run again in the fall but will be the incumbent and difficult to unseat.  You will get a chance to decide your leaders.  The time is short; I might quibble about the timing.  But let’s ponder that later – I commend those trying to get the new delegate seated before the end of the present session.

Why Regie?  Regie Ford has been a leader in the Toastmasters – I got to know him when I joined the Main Street Motivators and he became the District Director for the Toastmasters district that includes most of Virginia (except for the northeast) with the imaginative name of District 66.

Under Regie’s leadership, District 66 earned Distinguished District for the first time in eight years.

Ford also was the president of the Richmond Crusade of Voters.  Regie Ford, Keith Hicks and LaMar Dixon (the RCFV president when I was invited) invited me to help rebuild the Crusade and I was greatly honored to be asked.  Since I love politics and hope to bring people together I accepted.  The Crusade grew under Regie’s leadership – we had several candidate forums including most notably the 2014 forum for US Senate and House of Representatives where I moderated and insisted the Libertarians be invited – Robert Sarvis for US Senate and James Carr for the House.

So if you willing to declare yourself a Democrat and not a member of another political party and live ANYWHERE in the 71st District you can vote tomorrow.  But there only ONE place to vote and only from 10 to 2 TOMORROW.

So go vote Saturday – and vote for Regie for Delegate.

(Yes I am on the Regie Ford team!)


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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