Virginia House of Delegates 2005 Elections

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Safe Democratic- 57th District

Right now Four Primaries are going on around the state for "Safe Democratic" seats. Unlike the Republican primaries, only one of the Democratic Primaries involves an Incumbent. Here's an update on those four seats.

57th District

Outlook: Likely Toscano

This seat was the biggest surprise. Meredith Richards knew she couldn't win the Congressional race against Virgil Goode, and seemed to be running to set herself up for this seat. However some ugly local issues took her off the Council in Charlottesville, and Meredith got gun-shy and didn't go after this seat. Former Charlottesville Mayor David Toscano got started the moment the announcement came down, and with most major candidates out, looks like a solid favorite in this primary. Opponents Richard Collins and Kim Tingley appear to be trying to position themselves to Toscano's left, but they need an issue to make him unacceptable to primary voters. Lacking that- name recognition wins and Toscano is the new Delegate.

*Editorial*- Charlottesville should be embarrassed. You get to pick a Delegate once every two decades or so- and you couldn't have a competitive primary? C'mon!


At 9:54 AM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Wahoo- I have been told you are Waldo, the candidate who should have won this seat. Is that true?

At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Wahoo Dan said...

HAHAHA no. Sorry.

At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Wahoo Dan said...

Are you batman? You never answered me.

At 12:40 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Yes I am.

At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to totally disagree with this post. There is a large liberal community in C'Ville and Toscano is running as the Republican in the D primary. I expect that to net him 3rd.

At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Wahoo Dan said...

Toscano is a republican? YOU. HAVE. GOT. TO. BE. KIDDING. ME.

At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Wahoo Dan a cousin to Wahoo Paul who used to post on DailyKos? Where are all these Wahoo's coming from, anyway???

Seems to me that Mitch Van Yahres himself is the kingmaker if he wants to be here. Toscano is certainly no progressive when compared to Van Yahres. I've heard Collins could wear that mantle - it'll be interesting. Personally, I wish Waldo had been in the race! (And I promise, I'm not Wahoo Waldo, Waldo, or any other Wahoo cousin.)

BTW, are we all going to be anonymous here? Isn't that kinda silly? But if the blog owner is anonymous, then it seems like that's setting the tone.

BTW, I'm not Larry Sabato, either. Maybe I'll create a blogger ID called "Not Larry Sabato, either". :-)

At 8:17 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Annon- That's a great point. Obviously someone as respected as Mitch could play a large part if he chooses to do so.

"Not Larry Sabato Either"... I like it! Go with it!

Seriously, I would have not problem saying who I (we) are but all that would do is get us (me) attacked... it's easier to do this annonymous. I (we) promise the day after election day to take off this mask that I (we) would rather not wear.

At 12:30 AM, Anonymous Waldo Jaquith said...

a) I'm Waldo.
b) I'm no wahoo -- I graduate from Virginia Tech in 18 days. Well, 17, now that it's after midnight. :)

Onto the meat of things, Toscano announced first -- that's all he's got going for him, and he only got about a two week lead, anyhow. This evening, they had their first public forum, on WVTF, and Toscano came off every bit as conservative as he is. This will not play well in this district -- we like our candidates really, really liberal, and Toscano ain't it.

Finally, Mitch isn't about to play kingmaker. It's not his style. He won't tip his hand to reveal his preference, and he'll welcome whoever gets the nomination. Just a forecast.

At 6:23 AM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Waldo, could you please tell us more about the forum. What issues did he move right on? I noticed in your blog you were moving towards Chap! for Lt. Governor. Aren't his voters Toscano voters?

At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Anyone But BYRNE!

At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Wahoo Dan said...

Anonymous: Nope, wrong again. Not Wahoopaul from Dailykos - although I think I know who that is. The wahoos are coming from Charlottesville. Duh.

Oh and I'm also the royal we, much like our friend Not Larry Sabato. How else do you think I could post so often?

At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Wahoo Dan said...

I think the anybody but Byrne person is a Republican. They're trying to be tricky and convince Democrats to rally around Byrne. It's lame.

At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Wahoo Dan said...

Breaking news!!! Breaking news!!! Cavalier Daily endorses Toscano! Thousands who can't vote in Charlottesville will be hit with endorsement!

Cavalier Daily Editorial

Mitch Van Yahres, D-Charlottesville, is leaving very large shoes to fill. Van Yahres, who dutifully served the area for 24 years, exits political life with a legacy of doggedly fighting for progressive values in an overwhelmingly conservative House. There is one clear choice to pick up where Van Yahres is leaving off: For the 57th district's Democratic primary, we wholeheartedly endorse David Toscano.

The first thing that stands out about Toscano is his experience. The former mayor of Charlottesville and a City Councilor for 12 years, Toscano has demonstrated time and again his ability and aptitude in serving the voters. This resume and his 24 years spent living in the district gives Toscano a keen understanding of the issues facing Charlottesville. He will enter the General Assembly with a honed political acumen, allowing him to quickly begin advocating for the district.

On the issues, Toscano's star shines even brighter. His number one priority is education, which is of particular importance to the University community. A fervent supporter of fully funding higher education, Toscano is a backer of the Higher Education Restructuring Act and understands the General Assembly's role in crafting the fine line between university autonomy and protecting the rights of employees and students.

Another appealing aspect of Toscano's platform from the University's standpoint is his emphasis on funding research initiatives. Toscano has pledged to encourage new technology and biotechnology projects as well as to push for greater state support for research. There can be little doubt that Toscano will be a friend of the University, and in an age when state support has dipped to 8 percent of our operating budget, we need all the friends we can get.

Indeed, Toscano is a progressive through-and-through. Avowedly pro-choice, he supports legislation to ensure that women have access to emergency contraception. He also stands firmly against the death penalty and in favor of expanding health care coverage, especially to uninsured children. Charlottesville's liberal values will be well-tended with Toscano in the House.

At the same time, Toscano is enough of a pragmatist to get things done in a hostile environment. He has ample experience forging compromises from his time on the City Council and as mayor, and he takes reasoned approaches to the issues. It takes a certain character to maintain ones principles and accomplish ones goals while usually outnumbered -- we trust that Toscano is up to the task.

With ever-present issues of growth, transportation, education, taxes, the environment and an upcoming debate over gay marriage, it is important that we have a responsive and effective voice in the House of Delegates. One of Van Yahres' greatest traits was his accessibility; in a recent debate with his primary opponents Kim Tingley and Rich Collins, Toscano emphasized how important accessibility was and how much he hoped to emulate Van Yahres in that respect. It is our hope that on June 14, voters will allow David Toscano to emulate Van Yahres in many more ways. Vote Toscano for Delegate.

At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Wahoo Dan said...

Personally, I'm registered to vote in Chesterfield County. That gives me the pleasure of voting for Watkins/Reid time after time. Anyone remember when "Conservative Alex McMurtrie" ran against Watkins? That was hilarious. He ran these ads saying that Watkins ran 288 through his property so he could make a profit.

I don't doubt it's true - but that's what passes for "good politics" in virginia.

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

You're Chesterfield also? LOL!

At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Wahoo Dan said...

No I'm registered in Chesterfield! That's where my parents live. You think i'm gonna throw my vote away in crappy Charlottesville elections?:)

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Chesterfield is like D.C., we might as well not even have a vote. The only time I enjoyed voting here was Cantor and Cooter a few years ago. The General Lee was at my poll in Midlothian!!!

At 4:46 PM, Anonymous VAGOP said...

I see a possible Democratic win in the 57th....

At 1:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Tingley and Collins want an issue to run to the left of Toscano on, they could start with the fact that he voted against the living wage during his time on City Countil.

I've met all three candidates, and unfortuntely none of them rival Mitch Van Yahres in personality or politics. Tingley is a joke, and Rich Collins isnt that far behind. Toscano may run too far to the right, but he's the only one so far playing the part. David Toscano has been vying for this seat since long before Mitch announced his retirement, including lining up endoresments which ensured people that any other viable (and possibly better) candidate was out of it. Seeing as this primary was basically over before it started, the next interesting thing in Cville politics will be to see if they can pull out a Democratic successor to Creigh Deeds.


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