In November, all 140 seats in Virginia’s General Assembly are up for election. Currently, the Republicans hold a two-seat margin in both chambers. Before we get to the big show in November the parties must choose their candidates, thus a primary on Tuesday, June 11th.
There are 16 State Senate primary elections, 11 Democrat and five Republican. Five of them involve districts in Central Virginia. There are 19 House of Delegates primaries statewide, 12 Democrat and seven Republican. Two of them involve districts near metro-Richmond.
The Virginia Mercury has three articles on the primary.
- A Southwest Virginia primary streetfight mirrors Republican divisions statewide
- Primary Tuesday: Republicans fight over abortion and guns, a Democrat tries for an AOC-style upset and Soros pours $1M into prosecutors races
- Virginia Explained: State’s primary process is ‘something of a free for all’
Our area primaries for Senate Districts:
10th District – Currently held by Republican Glen Sturtevant
11th District – Currently held by Republican Amanda Chase
12th District – Currently held by Republican Siobhan Dunnavant
16th District – Currently held by Democrat Rosalyn Dance
- Rosalyn Dance (Incumbent)
- Joe Morrissey (Yes that Joe Morrissey and I was unable to find his campaign website)
Our area primaries for House Representatives.
62nd House District – currently held by Republican Riley E. Ingram.
68th House District – currently held by Democrat Dawn Adams
Richmond Police, Mayor Stoney apologize after tear gas deployed before curfew on protesters
Protesters took to the streets of Richmond again Monday night and were met with a forceful response and the deployment of tear gas by Richmond Police – an action for which the department and Mayor Stoney later apologized.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Richmond again Monday afternoon and evening to speak out after the death of George Floyd. The group organized near both the Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart Monuments on Monument Avenue and remained mainly peaceful until police approached demonstrators at the Lee statue and deployed tear gas, as can be seen below from the below Twitter video from VPM.
— VPM (@myVPM) June 1, 2020
Around the same time, reports began coming in that protesters at the Stuart monument were attempting to bring it down. A young demonstrator scaled the base of the statue and took what appeared to be a hack saw to the leg of the monument’s horse in an effort to bring it down. Police responded by calling on protesters to stand down, citing the weight of the monuments and their potential to crush bystanders.
Richmond Police and Mayor Levar Stoney later apologized for the deployment of tear gas on peaceful protesters – well below the 8:00 PM curfew – saying it was uncalled for and inviting protesters to City Hall at noon Tuesday to “apologize in person.” For its part, RPD said the officers involved had been “removed from the field” and would be subject to disciplinary action.
Chief Smith just reviewed video of gas being deployed by RPD officers near the Lee Monument and apologizes for this unwarranted action. These officers have been pulled from the field. They will be disciplined because their actions were outside dept protocols and directions given.
— Richmond Police (@RichmondPolice) June 2, 2020
Words cannot make this right, and words cannot restore the trust broken this evening.
Only action. Only action will repair this community. Come to City Hall tomorrow at noon. I want to say sorry. I want to listen.
— Levar M. Stoney (@LevarStoney) June 2, 2020
The protesters then continued marching down Franklin Street, then W. Broad Street, where things fizzled out around 10:30 PM near 14th Street.
Fundraising Efforts for Businesses Impacted by Vandalism and Looting
Most businesses have been closed for months due to a pandemic. Damage due to civil unrest could be the financial setback that closes these local businesses for good. Don’t let that happen.
Nobody wants to see our local small businesses go away due to the actions of a violent few. Below is our list of local businesses impacted by the recent unrest. If you know of one that we missed (we know we have) please add it in the comments or send it to [email protected]
- Balance Bicycle Shop Rebuilding
- Coliseum Loft Deli and Market – GoFundMe in the works, for now, Venmo @coliseumdeli
- Experimax – Help Rebuild Veteran Owned Small Business
- Fundraiser for Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream This links to their Covid-19 fundraiser but they had a window shattered on Friday night so thought we should include it.
- Rumors Boutique
- The Tech Exchange Got Looted!
- Wallers & Company
Other Ways to Help
We have a separate list to help restaurants and their employees impacted by Covid-19.
Protests turn violent in Downtown Richmond Friday night
Hundreds took to the street to protest the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis. A police cruiser and Pulse bus were torched, and several shots rang out into the air overnight.
Hundreds of people protesting the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed earlier this week by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, took to the streets of Downtown Richmond last night to make their voices heard.
While the protests started off peacefully, things quickly took a turn. Around 10:45 PM Friday, a Facebook Live stream showed WWBT/NBC12 reporter Karina Bolster, who was reporting from the scene, struck in the head by a protester chanting “stop recording” using a water bottle. Her phone was also tossed to the street. Bolster, clearly shaken, did not stop recording and continued reporting through tears as she came to terms with what just happened.
As the night progressed, protesters set a dumpster on fire and later marched to Richmond Police headquarters at 200 W. Grace Street and surrounded the building. Richmond officers were joined by State Police and backup requested from surrounding localities to protect the building and officers inside. Nearby, a police cruiser was torched.
Into the early morning hours of Saturday, a GRTC Pulse bus was also set ablaze, the shell of which remained near the corner of W. Broad Street and Belvidere Street as dawn broke.
Several arrests were made overnight, but Richmond Police has yet to confirm a number.