Election Guide

Published 5:30 pm Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Incumbents running unopposed:

Senate District 1: T. Monty Mason (D)

Senate District 2: Mamie E. Locke (D)

Commonwealth’s Attorney: Benjamin M. “Ben” Hahn

Commissioner of Revenue: Ann H. Thomas

Treasurer: Candice D. Kelley

School Board District 2: Brett J. Higginbotham

Board of Supervisors District 2: Sheila S. Noll

Board of Supervisors District 3: W. Chad Green

School Board District 3: Laurel M. Garrelts

Board of Supervisors District 4: Jeff D. Wassmer

Board of Supervisors District 5: Thomas G. Shepperd Jr.

School Board District 5: Sean P. Myatt

Contested races:

Senate District 3:

Incumbent Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R)

Norment was first elected state senator in 1991 and currently serves as state senate majority leader. He has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Military Institute, a Juris Doctor from Marshall Wythe School of Law and is an attorney with Kaufman & Canoles.

He is a member of the Courts of Justice, Finance, Rehabilitation and Social Services, Rules, and Commerce and Labor committees. His platform issues include preserving Virginia’s right-to-work laws and education, specifically to ensure Virginia’s public colleges and universities remain competitive in national rankings.

Challenger Herbert C. “Herb” Jones Jr. (D)

Jones is an Army veteran and reservist who was elected County Treasurer for New Kent in 1999, serving three terms. He was called up twice after Sept. 11, 2001, and served in Virginia and two tours in Iraq. He has also worked in the federal government as an operations officer in Afghanistan 2012. His career in finance includes experience at Edward Jones, Signet Financial Services, Bank of America and Colonial Downs. He is also a member of Virginia’s Military Advisory Council, and currently serves as the co-founder and chief executive officer of Pyramid. His platform issues include organized labor, minimum wage increases, universal pre-kindergarten and better compensation for teachers.

House District 91:

There is no incumbent running.

Colleen Holmes Holcomb (R)

Holcomb is an attorney who has an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, a master’s degree in journalism from Regent University School of Communication & Arts, and a Juris Doctor. from Regent University School of Law. Her platform issues include education and workforce development, providing health care coverage for first responders, promoting free market health care solutions, focusing on infrastructure to fix roads and bridges, state-of-the art broadband, limiting taxation and regulation, specifically by preserving Virginia’s right-to-work laws.

Martha M. Mugler (D)

Mugler is an at-large representative on the Hampton School Board and was first elected in 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Radford University. Her platform issues include public education funding, expanding early childhood opportunities, affordable and accessible higher education, affordable accessible health care, specifically for women’s health, mental health care and pre-existing conditions, addressing the effects of climate change and sea level rise, supporting the Virginia Advanced Energy Economy, supporting V3 (Virginia Values Veterans) and ensuring that Fort Monroe’s historical integrity is maintained and preserved.

House District 93:

Incumbent Michael P. Mullin (D)

Mullin was first elected as a state delegate in a special election on Nov. 8, 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and his Juris Doctor from Catholic University. His professional experience includes working as a prosecutor.

His platform issues include expanding access to quality affordable health care, women’s health care to include support of Planned Parenthood, Medicaid expansion, advocating for women and families affected by domestic violence, public education, specifically ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and providing access to pre-kindergarten. He supports expanding Worker Retraining Tax Credits, waiving tax penalties on small businesses during their first two years in business, equal pay, addressing climate change and finding renewable energy sources.

Challenger Heather L. Cordasco (R)

Cordasco was a 2017 Republican candidate for District 93 of the Virginia House of Delegates. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Nyack College and served on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board from 2012 to 2015. She has been a member of the Regional Issues Committee for the Historic Triangle and the Education Committee at the Greater Williamsburg Chamber.

Her platform issues include jobs and the economy, specifically to include supporting low taxes and less regulation, pay raises for teachers, options for families with children in failing schools, local free clinics, eliminating fraud and abuse within Medicaid and reducing traffic congestion, specifically to include the completion of widening I-64 to Richmond.

House District 96:

There is no incumbent running.

Amanda E. Batten (R)

Batten has worked for the past six years as legislative aide to Delegate Brenda Pogge, representative of District 96 in the Virginia House of Delegates, and was previously employed as a fundraising manager for the Medical Society of Virginia and as legislative aide to Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. She is a graduate of Ashford University, and has also completed the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Political Leaders Program and the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance’s LEAD Historic Triangle program. She completed three terms as chairman of the James City County Republican Committee and currently serves as first vice president of the Jamestown Heritage Republican Women’s Club and also the Eastern vice chairwoman of the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia. Her platform issues include promoting limited government, addressing high taxes and health care expenses, improving the electric grid, supporting 2nd amendment rights and a strong pro-life stance.

Mark C. Downey (D)

Downey has been a pediatrician for 18 years, and is currently a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg, a practice of Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. He holds a degree from The University of Virginia in Chemical Engineering, and a medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. His platform issues include public education, women’s rights to include passing ERA in Virginia, equal pay tax policies, supporting aquaculture, cybersecurity, developing clean energy sectors, accessible, affordable health care, accountable and responsible gun ownership measures to include universal background checks and registration for both firearms and people who sell them. He also supports upholding our commitment to service members, ensuring they receive retirement and disability pay, scientific review of environmental policy and regulation and to ensure that our laws keep pace with our technology advances.

James W. Jobe (L)

Jobe is a 23 year-old student currently studying applied mathematics at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. His platform issues include introducing bills to encourage third parties such as lowering signature requirements, changing the primary process to allow for a third party option, and lowering the threshold for automatic ballot access from 10 percent to something closer to 2 percent. He also supports lowering the presence of money in the political system.


Incumbent J.D. “Danny” Diggs

Diggs has run for sheriff unopposed since his election in 1999. During his tenure, the crime rate has been reduced by 25 percent while the population has increased by 20 percent. His priorities include creating a workforce that encompasses a broad range of backgrounds including race, gender, languages and cultural backgrounds, preferably hiring from the community. He encourages deputies to get out of their patrol cars and focus on getting to know all citizens, including minority citizens.

Challenger Scott Sheild “Scotty” Williams

Williams served as an auxiliary York County-Poquoson deputy sheriff from 1990 to 1999 and has served in various capacities within the Newport News Police Department since 1992. His positions have included patrol officer, bike patrol officer, detective, community policing officer, street crimes officer, patrol sergeant, records division supervisor, patrol lieutenant, investigations commander, crisis negotiations team commander, and juvenile alternatives to detention intuitive committee. He recently served as the director of public safety and chief of police for Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville in 2016. His platform issues include community policing and establishing a substation in the upper end of the county.

School Board District 1:

Incumbent Barbara Haywood is not running.

Mark J. Shafer

Marneicia D. Branch

Melanie C. S. Wynkoop

School Board District 4:

Incumbent James E. “Jimmy” Richardson

Challenger Brooks L. Taylor

Board of Supervisors District 1:

Incumbent Walter C. Zaremba

Challenger Dalila L. Johnson

Soil & Water Conservation Director, Colonial District:

Mary P. Leedom

M.B. “George” Clark

Pamela A. Mason