- The Virginia House of Delegates is up for grabs in the 2017 elections.
- Control of the House will largely come down to twenty one competitive races throughout the Commonwealth.
- Spotlight: The Swing Districts will profile each of the most competitive races in the House of Delegates in 2017, providing insights on the electoral history of each district and, when possible, interviews with the candidates.
2017 may hold major changes for Virginia politics, particularly in the House of Delegates. The ‘Spotlight: The Swing Districts’ initiative provides a closer look at the most competitive races in the House of Delegates.
As noted previously on Battleground Virginia, the Republicans’ current 66 to 34 majority in the House of Delegates is under threat. Hillary Clinton won in seventeen House of Delegates districts currently held by the GOP. If the Democrats, however unlikely this may be, win all seventeen seats and hold on to the four most competitive seats they currently have, Democrats would take over the House of Delegates by the slimmest of margins.
Between early 2017 and election day, Battleground Virginia will profile each of the twenty one most competitive races in the House of Delegates. Candidates in each of these races are invited to complete an interview with Battleground Virginia and we will review the recent voting, turnout, and campaign finance history in each district.
Each of the candidates will be asked the following eight questions, along with two to three candidate specific questions.
- What is the most important issue facing the district where you’re running and what are concrete steps you would take to address it?
- What is the most important issue facing Virginia and what are concrete steps you would take to address it?
- Tell voters about your professional background. Why are you uniquely qualified to represent your district? Why would you take time away from your day job to represent the district?
- How would your approach in the House of Delegates differ from your opponent(s)?
- What are concrete measures that can be taken to foster greater bipartisan collaboration in the House of Delegates?
- What’s your position on voting rights in Virginia? Are there steps that should be taken to expand access to voting (End voter ID laws? Reinstate voting rights of former felons? Change the election day from a Tuesday in early November to a weekend? Expand absentee voting access? Provide opportunities for early voting? Other ideas not listed here?)
- What changes, if any, would you like to see to the redistricting process in Virginia?
- What else is absolutely necessary that voters know about you and the election in November?