Virginia Democrats Seek To Chip Away At Republican Majority In House of Delegates | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Virginia Democrats Seek To Chip Away At Republican Majority In House of Delegates

Play associated audio
Thirteen first-time Democratic candidates are hoping to chip away at the Republican majority in the House of Delegates, taking aim at Northern Virginia Republicans.
WAMU/Michael Pope
Thirteen first-time Democratic candidates are hoping to chip away at the Republican majority in the House of Delegates, taking aim at Northern Virginia Republicans.

In Virginia, Democrats are eager to take the fight to Republicans this fall.

In order to gain the majority in the House of Delegates, Democrats would have to pick up 19 seats—a goal nobody believes is realistic. But Arlington Delegate Alfonso Lopez said if Democrats just pick up four Republican seats, that add one member to every committee.

"What that means is that we have one more seat on Appropriations, one more seat on Commerce and Labor, one more seat on Natural Resources. And we are able to actually make it easier for us to stop the bad legislation from coming out and get the good legislation coming out," he said.

At a press conference in Clarendon on Tuesday, Delegate Mark Sickles introduced 13 first-time candidates, ready to challenge Northern Virginia's Republicans. He acknowledged many will have a tough time this fall. But, he said, the Democrats are in it for the long haul.

"Society is changing. Younger people are more very open, more open to our messages, and they will not countenance the kind of governing we've had here in the last few years," he said.

The entire House of Delegates is up for election this year, along with the offices of governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

NPR

Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor

Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.
NPR

McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.
WAMU 88.5

Activists Protest Federal Minimum Wage, Saying Increase Doesn't Cut It

Protestors gathered outside Union Station to protest what they consider a paltry federal minimum-wage hike.
NPR

OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science

OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.