Convention to select 97th district Republican nominee set for May 4

aluck@tidewaterreview.com

A convention to select a Republican nominee for the 97th District House of Delegates election between incumbent Del. Chris Peace and Hanover supervisor Scott Wyatt has been announced.

A convention, as an alternative to a primary, is a process that selects delegates from each county in a district to represent residents and choose a nominee.

The convention will begin at 8 a.m. May 4 at Hanover High School. Organizers say it should wrap up around noon.

Each district is allowed votes based on the number of Republican votes cast in the district in the last presidential and gubernatorial elections, according to political consultant Boyd Marcus.

The 97th District is comprised of all of New Kent and parts of Hanover and King William counties.

The convention process was chosen by the Legislative District Committee, which has one representative from each county, according to Marcus.

Wyatt has been on the 97th District Legislative District Committee since February 2018 and excused himself when he considered running against Peace, according to Wyatt’s campaign manager Tanner Bonovitch.

Wyatt asked the Hanover GOP Committee chairman to replace him on the committee. Wyatt then asked another member of the Hanover GOP Committee to serve as a proxy for him at a recent meeting when the committee decided to call for a convention, according to Bonovitch.

Wyatt has not officially resigned from the Legislative District Committee and his replacement has not been chosen by the chairman, according to Bonovitch.

Residents in the district can now pre-file to be a delegate at the convention.

In order to be a delegate, a person must be registered to vote in the 97th District and sign the form with intent to support Republican candidates in the upcoming election.

To pre-file, residents can either fill out the forms online on Peace’s campaign website, chrispeace.com, or Wyatt’s campaign website, votescottwyatt.com, or visit the campaign offices.

The pre-file forms can be submitted online, at the campaign offices or mailed/handed in to the respective county Republican committee chairmen (information can be found on the forms).

Volunteers of both campaigns can also pick up pre-file forms from residents. Pre-file forms are not specific to a candidate.

The deadline to pre-file in King William is April 9, but the deadline in New Kent County was April 1.

The county Republican Committees will then hold mass meetings to elect delegates for the convention.

The New Kent County Republican Committee can select up to 307 delegates; King William can select up to 164.

New Kent County Republican Committee mass meeting: 7 p.m. April 9, New Kent Middle School auditorium, 7501 Egypt Road, New Kent (registration starts at 5:30 p.m.)

King William County Republican Committee mass meeting: 6 p.m. April 19, Pamunkey Regional Library — Upper King William — 694-J Sharon Road, King William.

Peace’s campaign office: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1-8 p.m. Sunday, 8101 Vanguard Drive, Mechanicsville. 804-730-3737.

Wyatt’s campaign office: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 6509 Mechanicsville Turnpike. 804-442-2737.

Convention: 8 a.m. to about noon May 4 at Hanover High School, 10307 Chamberlayne Road, Mechanicsville.

Luck can be reached at 757-291-2038, aluck@tidewaterreview.com or @ashleyrluck on Twitter

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