What’s on Tuesday’s Ballot?

Brent Finnegan -- October 30th, 2009

If you haven’t been bombarded with the McDonnell – Deeds attack ads on TV, you might be surprised to learn there’s an election this coming Tuesday. All races are for state or local offices. Here’s what’s on the ballot in Harrisonburg:

Governor (surely you’ve seen at least a few of the annoying ads). Republican Bob McDonnell is currently leading Democratic Party candidate Creigh Deeds in statewide polls. That lead correlates to the amount of money each candidate has raised for their campaigns.

According to ontheissues.org, McDonnell is further to the right than Deeds is to the left (based on data from the candidates’ voting records).


Lieutenant Governor: Republican incumbent Bill Bolling is running against Democrat Jody Wagner. The Lieutenant Governor presides over the State Senate.

Attorney General: Democrat Steve Shannon is running against Republican Ken Cuccinelli. Virginia’s AG defends the constitutionality of state laws, and issues official legal opinions to local prosecutors.

So far, several polls indicate that Republicans may sweep the statewide races. For more news on the statewide races, check the Post’s Virginia Politics blog.

Delegate for the 26th House District: Democratic Party candidate Gene Hart is running against Republican incumbent Matt Lohr.

The Harrisonburg Commissioner of Revenue, June Hosaflook, is running unopposed for re-election. And even though he won the election last November, Jeffery Shafer is running for City Treasurer again this year, only this time he’s unopposed.

If you live in Rockingham County, what’s on your ballot depends on your location.

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3 Responses to “What’s on Tuesday’s Ballot?”

  1. NewHburger says:

    I’m not sure it is fair or responsible to suggest that McDonnell’s lead is a result of his fundraising advantage. Certainly, we’ve seen many races where the will of the people ran counter to the candidate’s bank account (i.e. Deeds over McAuliffe in the primary).

    I get kind of sick of the money argument. Everyone accepts that in the Web world, content is king. I still believe this is the case in politics. Are there races that money has bought? Sure. But I think that’s the exception rather than the rule.

  2. Regardless, the lead correlates to the money. This time. Not every time.

  3. Jamie Smith says:

    Don’t forget the meal tax in the county is on the ballot again.

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