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Voters of the 17th district to cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary

Posted on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 5:00 am

Candidates Amy Laufer (l to r), Ben Hixon, Bryce Reeves and Rich Breeden.

Voters will have a chance on June 11 to choose candidates from both major political parties in Virginia’s 17th Senate district race.

Amy Laufer faces off against Ben Hixon in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Bryce Reeves tries to resist a challenge from Rich Breeden on the Republican side.

Laufer, an Albemarle County resident who got her start as a schoolteacher at Louisa County Middle School, is far ahead of Hixon when it comes to fundraising. Laufer collected $71,000 in cash and in-kind contributions during the second required reporting period between April 1 and May 30. She enters the final week before the primary with $105,000 on hand.

Hixon, of Culpeper, is a computer scientist making his second run for state office. He raised $21,000 during the recent reporting period and has $10,000 available.

Laufer appears to be looking past the primary in anticipation of a battle with two-term incumbent Reeves, who was first elected in 2011. In flyers mailed to area voters, Laufer touts her background as a teacher and chair of the Charlottesville School Board. She has also let voters know her support for Medicaid expansion, which the General Assembly passed in 2018, and women’s reproductive rights.

“I know Bryce knows he has a formidable challenge,” she said. “The Republicans haven’t done what they need to on education and broadband. Those are the things they need to talk about, not other things that are inflammatory. Nobody talks to me about those things when I come to their doors.”

Reeves raised $111,000 in the last two months, contrasted with Breeden’s $21,000. The senator now has $282,000 in cash, versus the challenger’s $3,000.

At the Republican mass meeting at the Louisa County Library on May 23, Reeves warned the roughly 50 attendees that much is at stake in the November election.  Note: Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

(Article by David Holtzman)

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s June 6, 2019 issue.

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