Primary Election 2005

Primary Election 2005

On Tuesday, June 14, voters will select Republican nominees for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and representatives to the House of Delegates for districts 33, 35, 37, 41, 67.

Democratic nominees for Lieutenant Governor and House of Delegates districts 37 and 45 will also be chosen.

To see the Connection Newspapers' candidate questionnaires, click on the questionnaires link on this webpage.

For the first time since 1949, Virginia voters will not be allowed to vote for candidates from different parties in the June 14 primary election.

Because both parties are holding primary elections on the same day, voters must request either a Democrat or Republican ballot at their voter precinct. Consequently, voters will not be able to "split their ticket."

Every polling place will be open on Tuesday, June 14 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. To confirm your local polling place, go to the Virginia State Board of Election's website at

The following seats will be on the primary ballots:


Two Republicans are vying for the Republican nomination in the race for the governor's mansion.

Former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and Warrenton Mayor George Fitch are competing for the chance to face Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine (D) in the Nov. 8 general election. Sen. Russ Potts (R-Winchester) is also running for governor as an independent.

Lieutenant Governor

Two Republicans and four Democrats are seeking their parties' nomination for the second-highest elected office in Virginia.

Sean Connaughton, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, and State Sen. Bill Bolling (Mechanicsville) are running for the Republican nod.

The Democrats running for their party's endorsement are: Del. Chap Petersen, of Fairfax; Leslie Byrne, of Fairfax County; Del. Viola Baskerville, of Richmond; and Sen. Phillip Puckett, of Southwest Virginia.

Attorney General

Del. Bob McDonnell (R-Virginia Beach) and Steve Baril, a Richmond attorney, are running for the Republican nomination for Attorney General.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Sen. Creigh Deeds, a Democrat from Southwest Virginia, in the Nov. 8 general election.

33rd District, Republican Primary

Del. Joe T. May, the 33rd District's Republican incumbent, is facing a primary challenge from Chris Oprison, a conservative Leesburg attorney.

May is among five Republican delegates being targeted by anti-tax candidates because they supported a $1.5 billion tax increase in 2004, increasing funding for education, health care and public safety.

No Democrat has yet filed for the Nov. 8 general election in the 33rd District, though a candidate may emerge after the primary.

The 33rd District is comprised of western Loudoun County and Leesburg.

35th District, Republican Primary

Three Republicans � Arthur Purves, James Hyland and Ed Robinson � are all vying for the opportunity to unseat freshman Del. Steve Shannon (D-35) in the Nov. 8 general election.

The 35th District covers Vienna and Oakton, along with portions of Dunn Loring and Fairfax City.

37th District, Republican and Democratic Primary

The 37th District primary is the only race in Virginia where both parties are holding contested House of Delegates primary elections.

For the Democrats, David Bulova and Janet Oleszek are seeking their party's nod. At the same time, Republicans Jim Kaplan and John Mason are running for their party's nomination.

The 37th District seat was left vacant by Del. Chap Petersen (D), who is running for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. The district covers nearly all of Fairfax City and several neigborhoods in the surrounding county.

41st District, Republican Primary

Del. Jim Dillard (R-41) announced in February that he was stepping down from the House of Delegates seat he has held since 1972. To fill his position, two Republicans � Michael Golden and Bill Finerfrock � have stepped forward.

The winner of the Republican primary race will face Democratic nominee and former Dillard aide, David Marsden, in the Nov. 8 general election.

The 41st District covers areas around Lake Braddock and Burke.

45th District, Democratic Primary

Six Democrats are competing for the chance on June 14 to replace retiring Del. Marian Van Landingham (D-45).

No Republican candidate has yet filed to contest the Democrat nominee in the Nov. 8 general election.

The 45th District encompasses most of Alexandria City and slivers of Arlington and Fairfax counties.

67th District, Republican Primary

Del. Gary Reese (R) has held the 67th District seat in the House of Delegates since 2001, when he left his position on the Fairfax County School Board. He is being challenged in the June 14 primary by Chris Craddock, a conservative youth minister.

No Democrat has yet filed to contest the winner of the Republican primary in the Nov. 8 general election.

The 67th District comprises portions of western Fairfax County and one precinct in Loudoun County.