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Melissa Dart, John McGuire to face off in 56th District seat race

Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

John McGuire emerged the winner Tuesday night from a pack of six Republican Party candidates for the 56th district seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

McGuire, a Henrico County resident and brother of Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire, will face Melissa Dart, the Democratic Party nominee and a Henrico resident, in the November general election.

McGuire won 2,731 votes, or 31 percent of the Republican tally, besting Louisa attorney Graven Craig, who received 2,070 votes (23 percent).

The Democratic decision was much closer as Dart edged Lizzie Drucker-Basch, 51 percent to 49 percent.

McGuire and Dart are vying to replace Peter Farrell, 33, who is leaving his seat as delegate after six years to focus on his family and his job operating an investment firm.

“This was a hard-fought race between six wonderful candidates and I commend them all,” McGuire said. “Our message of lowering taxes, creating an environment for job growth, and supporting our law-enforcement, veterans and first responders won the day.”

“I am proud of the race we have run together focused on issues such as affordable healthcare and quality education,” Dart said. “I intend to build on this momentum and to continue to push for the rights of the working class, students, women, and everyone else who has been left behind by the status quo.”

In other races in Tuesday’s primary, state Sen. Bryce Reeves, who represents Louisa County, lost his bid for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor to Jill Vogel. With 40 percent of the statewide vote, Reeves fell three percentage points short. He won 67 percent of the vote in Louisa.

Justin Fairfax was nominated to be the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor with 49 percent of the vote. He barely edged runner-up Susan Platt in Louisa.

Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam were nominated to compete in November to be Virginia’s next governor. Gillespie received 44 percent of the Republican vote statewide and 48 percent in Louisa. Northam won on the Democratic side with 56 percent of the vote. But he lost in Louisa to Tom Perriello, who got 59 percent of the vote.

To read the entire story, see the June 15 edition of The Central Virginian.

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