Voters in 96th House District will select candidates Tuesday

Staff writer

Voters will determine which candidates will carry the Republican and Democratic banners in the upcoming 96th House of Delegates general election in Tuesday’s primaries.

Only voters living in areas of James City and York counties who fall within the 96th House of Delegates District will cast ballots in the primaries. Voters will have to choose whether they want to participate in the Democratic or Republican primary.

Del. Brenda Pogge, R-Norge, announced her retirement in March after 12 years in office. Her departure as the 96th District delegate has opened the seat up to two Republicans and three Democrats looking to succeed her.

Melanie Rapp Beale, a former delegate, and Amanda Batten, Pogge’s legislative aide, will appear on the Republican ballot. Pogge has endorsed Batten to be her replacement.

York-Poquoson Democratic Committee Chairwoman and York County Grants Coordinator Rebecca Leser, Mark Downey, a pediatrician, and Christopher Mayfield, who served as a Marine Corps officer, are all running for the Democratic Party nomination.

Williamsburg residents won’t vote Tuesday. The city falls within the 93rd House District. Only incumbent Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News, has filed to run in that election.

Neither the 1st Senate District nor the 3rd Senate District, the area’s two state Senate districts, will have primaries Tuesday.

The general election will be held Nov. 5.

Jack Jacobs, 757-298-6007, jojacobs@vagazette.com, @jajacobs_

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