Democrats banned from running at Virginia House of Delegates

Several Democratic candidates were recently disqualified from running for state offices in Virginia.

Dumfries City Council member Cydny Neville was planning to run for Prince William County 52nd District in the House of Delegates, challenging longtime incumbent Luke Torian (D).

Neville filed some of his documents with the Prince William County Electoral Board. He had offered to forward it to the Virginia Board of Elections.

Neville and others were told their files had been approved – then she, along with eight other applicants, were told their application files were incomplete.

Worse yet, Neville and the other candidates were also denied a state-mandated 10-day extension to correct any irregularities in their documents.

In contrast, the current 52nd District delegate Luke Torian was approved by the board without issue. Neville did not return multiple requests for comment for this story.

What is more unusual is that such an extension is usually not refused, but things have changed and it seems that some have not been made aware of these changes.

Richmond City Council member Mike Jones, who also wanted to run for state election, said the Elections Council unilaterally decided not to propose an extension due to overload of paperwork.

Jones, who had planned to run as a delegate for the 69th District, has been disqualified and is questioning the validity of the council’s decision to stop extra time.

Jones also mentioned that the council has contacted the Democratic and Republican state parties about the decision. While it is not known how the move affected the state’s GOP candidates, it has caused problems with the Democratic Party since Jones claims his campaign and others were not made aware of the decision.

It all comes as Prince William County Registrar Michele White resigned her post earlier this month. White, who had been hired to lead the office in February 2015, issued her resignation after a closed-door session with the Prince William County Electoral Board.

According to Jones, his campaign manager had advised him to allow the Richmond Registrar’s office to handle some of his deposits, as this was customary in Prince William County.

Keith Scarborough, who heads the Prince William County Electoral Council, said the county elections office has no role in the qualification process for the House of Delegates. This process, according to Scarborough, is under the control of the Virginia Department of Elections and the State Board of Elections.

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