Monty Mason, a Democrat, won election to the 1st District State Senate Tuesday, defeating Thomas Holston and John Bloom.
The unofficial results, with 48 of 52 precincts reporting late Tuesday, had Mason with 45,399 votes (58 percent), Holston with 29,572 votes (38 percent), and Bloom with 3,314 (4 percent), according to the Virginia Department of Elections.
Mason, who is resigning his seat as the Delegate to the 93rd State Assembly District, previously served on the Williamsburg Economic Development Board. Mason decided to seek the Senate seat after John Miller died in April.
Mason is relieved that the process is finally over. He said his first thought once he thought he’d secured the win was of the late John Miller.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” he said. “I’m proud of my team, and I’m definitely proud of the results.”
Preparing Virginia to move away from its dependence on the federal government is first on Mason’s list. He thinks that the state’s economy needs to diversify to match a rapidly-changing economy.
Early education is also important to Mason, who has two young daughters. He said in September that he wanted to see every child enter kindergarten ready to learn.
Thomas Holston spent much of his life as a police officer and firefighter. The Hampton native tried his hand at politics because he’s unhappy with how the General Assembly is treating voters.
“We need some new voices in Richmond,” he said.
Holston planned to cut business taxes if he’d won. North Carolina, he says, has businesses knocking down its doors after cutting its business taxes some.
Bloom is a Constitution Party member and a former Republican who left the party once it chose Donald Trump as its presidential nominee.
Wright can be reached by phone at 757-345-2343.