2019 State Elections

Thanks to your hard work in 2018, Culpeper County now contains an island of bright blue. We belong to 5 state districts – three in the Virginia State Senate, two in the Virginia House of Delegates. Currently, all five districts are occupied by Republicans. It’s time we change that!

Our candidates

The first step is to choose our nominees for each district. So far, three of our five districts have publicly announced candidates.

District Current Occupant Declared Democratic Candidates

State Senate 17

Bryce Reeves (R)

Ben Hixon


State Senate 17

Bryce Reeves (R)

Web Amy Laufer


State Senate 24

Emmett Hanger (R)

Annette Hyde

No other publicly announced candidate at this time.

State Senate 27

Jill Vogel (R)

Ronnie Ross

No other publicly announced candidate at this time.

House District 18

Michael Webert (R)

Laura Galante

House District 18

Michael Webert (R)


Tristan Shields


House District 30

Nick Freitas (R)




Interested in running for state office?

How our nominees are chosen:

Nominating committees formed by the county Democratic committees that compose each district will meet in January and February to decide the nominating process: primary or caucus.

Primary. For elections with multiple candidates in which a primary is the nominating process, the primary will be in June 2019. Elections will take place at your normal polling place. Candidates will need to obtain enough signatures to be on the ballot by March 28th. If only one candidate qualifies for the primary by March 28th, the primary will be canceled and the candidate will be declared the winner.

Caucus. Choosing a candidate by caucus is a two-step process.

  1. County caucuses. Each county in the district will hold an individual caucus to choose its delegates. Delegates can declare their commitment to a particular candidate, or remain uncommitted. Declared delegates will be committed to support the candidate they declare for. Uncommitted delegates are free to vote how they like. Counties will begin holding caucuses to choose their delegates starting April 25th. These caucuses can either be assembled, which means all Democratic voters in the county gather together simultaneously in one centralized location and choose their delegates, or unassembled, which means voters can vote throughout the day. An unassembled caucus is also referred to as a firehouse primary.
  2. Convention. Once each county has held a caucus to choose its delegates, those delegates will then attend a convention and cast their vote for their candidate. Candidates will be able to address the delegates at the convention, and uncommitted delegates will be able to make up their minds based on those speeches. The candidate with the most votes at the convention will be declared the nominee.

For more info:

Please contact the Chair of the Culpeper Democrats at chair@culpeperdemocrats.org

Nominating Committees.

All 140 members of the Virginia General Assembly face re-election in 2019. Culpeper belongs to five state districts: two in the House of Delegates (18 and 30), and three in the State Senate (17, 24, and 27). One of the most important decisions that local parties will make to affect these elections is the choice of nominating process: primary or caucus. In the coming weeks, nominating committees formed by one representative from each county in the district will meet and vote on the method of nomination. Here are the Culpeper Democrats’ representatives for each district nominating committee, along with a contact email. Please feel free to email your representative and let them know how you feel they should vote.

Culpeper’s representatives to the Nominating Committees:

House of Delegates
District 18 – Dick Ruffin, hod18@culpeperdemocrats.org
District 30 – David Reuther, events@culpeperdemocrats.org

State Senate
District 17 – David Reuther, events@culpeperdemocrats.org
District 24 – Dennis Verhoff, ss24@culpeperdemocrats.org
District 27 – Sharon Church, ss27@culpeperdemocrats.org

Scheduled meetings of the Nominating Committees:

HOD 18
Kathleen Marmet, Fauquier County (Chair)
Mary-Sherman Willis, Rappahannock County
Rea Howarth, Warren County
Dick Ruffin, Culpeper County

January 8th, 2019, 5:30pm, in the conference room of the Rappahannock County Library, 4 Library Road, Washington VA 22747


HOD 30  
SD 17  
SD 24  
SD 27