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Primary Results: Northam faces Gillespie, Fairfax versus Vogel, upset for Sheriff C.T. Woody

Ralph Northam (D) will face Ed Gillespie (R) on the ballot for governor this November; Justin Fairfax (D) takes on Jill Vogel (R); a look at local House, Sheriff, and Board of Supervisors races, and the noticeable gap in turnout by party.

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Governor

Democrat Ralph Northam will face Republican Ed Gillespie on the ballot in the race for governor this November following yesterday’s statewide primaries. With 100% of precincts reporting, Northam handily bested Tom Perriello with just under 56% of the vote. In the Republican primary, Ed Gillespie edged out Corey Stewart by a margin of just 5,000 votes. Gillespie garnered 160,000 votes; Stewart, who had still refused to concede at press time, took home just over 155,000.

Lieutenant Governor

In the race for lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax took the spot on the Democratic ballot, easily winning against Susan Platt by a margin of 10%, bringing in 49% of the vote.

Notable gap in turnout by party

Interestingly, the statewide turnout gap between the Democratic and Republican primaries was massive–Democrats turned out in roughly twice the numbers of their Republican counterparts at the polls. As visualized below by local political wonk Taber Bain, the top two GOP finishers combined garnered only around 8,000 more votes than winning Democratic candidate Ralph Northam (data visualization produced with 98.8% of precincts reporting Tuesday evening).

Image: Taber Bain

Local races

Locally, Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody, Jr. was ousted from serving another term by newcomer Antionette V. Irving by a margin of just 820 votes–Irving received 51% or 13,586.

Democrat Dawn Adams swept Mary Jo Sheeley, winning 23 of 26 precincts in the 68th House District race:

Dawn M. Adams 2,676 50.04%
Mary Jo Sheeley 2,053 38.39%
Ben J. Pearson-Nelson 619 11.57%

In the 70th District, incumbent Delores McQuinn beat out challenger Alex Mejias by a 69% to 31% margin:

Alexander W. Mejias 644 30.83%
Delores L. McQuinn 1,445 69.17%

The race for Treasurer in the City of Richmond was won by Nichole Ona Armstead, who bested Tavarris J. Spinks by a margin of almost 12%:

Tavarris J. Spinks 11,616 45.91%
Nichole Ona R. Armstead 13,685 54.09%

In Henrico County, the Brookland District Board of Supervisors race, which will see the replacement of late Supervisor Richard W. “Dick” Glover, Republican Bob Witte took home 51% of the vote, 12% ahead of runner up Benjamin Dessart.

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Trevor Dickerson is the co-founder and editor of RVAhub.com, lover of all things Richmond, and a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

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Shootings on July 3rd and Early July 4th Result in a Death and Six Injuries

Two separate unrelated incidents occurred. One at City Dogs in the Fan and another near Cyber Café on Broad Street.

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West Main Street Death Investigation

Sunday, July 3, at approximately 10:26 p.m., officers were called to the 1300 block of West Main Street for the report of random gunfire. RPD officers responded and located an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to contact

Major Crimes Detective A. Coates at (804)-646-0729 or Crime Stoppers at

(804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

This RVA/Reddit thread has some unconfirmed details and first-hand reports on the City Dogs shooting.

Update July 5th:

Arrest Made, Victim Identified in West Main Street Homicide and Aggravated Assaults

The Richmond Police Department has charged the suspect in yesterday’s shootings on West Main Street. Derrick Adjei, 24, of Alexandria, Virginia, was taken into custody by Virginia State Police last night at approximately 11:01 p.m. after the vehicle Adjei had been operating was involved in a single vehicle collision on northbound I-95.

RPD detectives, investigating the West Main Street shooting, have charged Adjei with malicious wounding. Other charges are pending. A booking photo of Adjei is not yet available.

Detectives have identified the victim of the shooting as Kyle Stoner, 36, of Richmond. Sunday at approximately 10:28 p.m., officers were called to the 1300 block of West Main Street for the report of a shooting. RPD officers responded and located an adult male, Stoner, on a patio of a business, down and unresponsive suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

An adult female and an adult male were also injured during the incident and have received treatment for injuries that were not considered life threatening.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to contact Major Crimes Detective A. Coates at (804)-646-0729 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

West Broad Street Shooting

At approximately 3:39 a.m., Richmond Police officers responded to the report of random gunfire in the 00 block of West Broad Street. Six people were reported shot near the Cyber Café, an after-hours club including four adult males and two adult females.

Of the six who sustained gunshot wounds, two are considered life-threatening and four non-life threatening. One man was transported by ambulance, others were self-transported to the hospital for treatment.

There is no public threat at this time.

Anyone with information about this shooting investigation is asked to call Detective Reyes at (804) 646-3874 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

 

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LaDiff Now Open on Southside

Sit down, we’ve got furniture news.

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LaDiff the hip furniture store left Shockoe Bottom for the sweet, sweet Southside. Now after 8 months their new location is open. They’re calling it an extremely soft opening so walls are still getting painted, product being placed, and outdoor furniture won’t be available until next spring.

You can get all the details on their website.

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Attention River Lovers Huguenot Flatwater Work Day on Saturday

The universal access ramp is done at Huguenot Flatwater but there is still some finishing touches that need to be made to the are.

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Message from James River Outdoor Coalition

Needs plans for your Saturday? Come help out your local park system at the JROC project! We need LOTS of hands to prep the grounds at Huguenot Flatwater for the opening of the new universal access ramp!

We’ll be digging out and painting parking blocks, clearing debris, and opening up the area around the ramp. There’s more work to be done at the Western Overlook if we have enough help.
Meet at 9:00AM this Sat. 6/18 at Huguenot Flatwater in the James River Park System.

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