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The Winter Storm and Statements on HD28 and HD94

(This post originally appeared as an online edition of our newsletter on January 5th, 2018.)


Virginia Continues to Monitor
and Respond to Winter Storm

VDEM activated the Virginia Emergency Operations Center at to field locality and state agency requests for assistance. 

Dominion Energy is reporting approximately 42,000 customers without service for Southeastern Virginia and 2,700 without power in Middle Peninsula. 

VDOT is reporting more than 630 road segments impacted by the weather and three road closures.

No crash fatalities have been reported at this time and the majority of crashes involve only damage to vehicles and few injuries.

The cold temperatures remain dangerous. Virginia Department of Health, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, reports three fatalities in Virginia (one in the Northern region and two in the Eastern region) related to weather over the past couple of weeks. 

Amtrak has cancelled service between Washington D.C. and Newport News.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have begun 24-hour operations. Motorists are strongly encouraged to stay off the roads during the storm. For information about road and traffic conditions, check or call 511 before traveling.

VDOT has more than 1,500 crew members and more than 1,400 pieces of equipment responding to the storm on each 12-hour shift.

The latest road conditions are available at, through the free mobile app or by phone. You can track the location of most snow plows at VDOT’s Snow Plow Tracker. The tracker is activated once snow reaches two inches or more. 

The Virginia National Guard has nearly 100 personnel staged and ready to assist with the state's multi-agency response to possible heavy snow Jan. 3, 2018, at key locations in the Hampton Roads area. Expected missions include using Humvees and light/medium tactical trucks to provide transportation for first responders through deep snow as well as providing debris reduction teams with chain saws to help clear roads if needed.

If motorists need to report an emergency, dial #77 on your mobile phone.

If you encounter slow-moving equipment such as snow plows, slow down and give them the right of way.

For more information on the Commonwealth’s response efforts for winter weather, go to


Federal Court to Hear Case Brought by Voters in HD28’s “Irreparably Tainted” Election 
TODAY at 4:30 PM

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia will today hold a hearing in Lecky v. State Board of Elections, a federal case brought by disenfranchised voters from House District 28 (HD28).

The voters are seeking an injunction that would de-certify the results and mandate a new election.

By admission of the Department of Elections147 people were given ballots for the wrong House District in a race in which the margin between Democrat Rev. Joshua Cole and Republican Bob Thomas is only 73 votes.

Of the 147 people who voted in the wrong House District:

  • 61 people from HD28 were given ballots for HD88
  • 61 people from HD88 were given ballots for HD28
  • 25 people from HD28 were given ballots for HD2

According to an investigative report broken this week by WTOP, state officials were aware of prior problems of voters assigned to the wrong House Districts. 

The Washington Post and Daily Press editorial boards have called for a new election in HD28, with the Post noting that the results are “irreparably tainted.” 

Joshua Cole has publicly pointed out that this case is “brought by voters, for voters” and stated that his entire campaign “has been about fighting for the people of the 28th District.”

Email Katie Baker if you wish to have a copy of the complaint.


Statement from Shelly Simonds on HD94 Drawing

“When people asked me today if I felt lucky, the answer was and always will be ‘yes.’”

Shelly Simonds issued a statement on the decisive HD94 drawing in Richmond

“I am tremendously grateful to my supporters. They will be the first to know of any next steps.” 

Read her full statement via the above link.


Dates to Remember  

  • January 10th  at noon in the Capitol:  Swearing-in of Members of the House of Delegates and First Day of 2018 General Assembly Session
  • January 10th at 7 PM in the Capitol:  Governor Terry McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth Address
  • January 13th at noon at the Capitol:  Inauguration of Governor Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, and  Attorney General Mark Herring
  • January 15th at 7 PM in the Capitol:  Governor Ralph Northam's State of the Commonwealth Address
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Friday, January 5, 2018