Editorial: Primary Voting

Editorial: Primary Voting

Statewide primary on Tuesday, June 12.

On Tuesday, June 12, Virginia will hold a statewide Republican primary for U.S. Senate, plus numerous more local primaries for U.S. House of Representatives and localities.

In the City of Alexandria, there is a critical and hotly contested contest for City Council, which has been chronicled by Alexandria Gazette Packet reporter Mike Pope. You can read the coverage online here: http://www.alexandriagazette.com/news/Election/Alexandria

Alexandria, Arlington and parts of Fairfax County are affected by the Democratic primary for the 8th district of U.S. House of Representatives, with U.S. Rep. Jim Moran facing former Navy pilot Bruce Shuttleworth. The winner will face Republican Patrick Murray of Arlington in November.

Reston and some other parts of Fairfax County, represented by Moran for the past 10 years, will now be in District 11; incumbent Gerry Connolly will face the winner of next week's Republican primary in November. Voters in the Republican primary in district 11 will choose between Ken Vaughn and Chris Perkins.

There is no primary for either party in the 10th Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R) will face Democrat Kristin Cabral in November.

Mount Vernon, Lorton and Mason Neck voters who were previously in District 11 (Connolly) are now in District 8 (Moran).

For maps that show the old and new congressional district boundaries:

District 8: http://www.vpap.org/elections/district/31

District 11: http://www.vpap.org/elections/district/43

District 10:http://www.vpap.org/elections/district/39

In the U.S. Senate Republican Primary, George Allen faces Bob Marshall, Jaime Radtke and E.W. Jackson. The winner will face Democrat Tim Kaine in November.

Connection coverage of the Senate and Congressional races so far is available at http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/Election/National/

Upcoming Elections and Voter Information

*Virginia State Board of Elections website at www.sbe.virginia.gov/

*Fairfax County Office of Elections website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections or contact the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776, TTY 711.

*Arlington County Office of Voter Registration, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 320, Arlington, 703.228.3456, TTY 703.228.4611. http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/voterregistration/voterregistrationmain.aspx

*Alexandria Board of Elections, 132 North Royal Street, Alexandria; 703.746.4050. http://alexandriava.gov/Elections.