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District Democrats call mass meeting

Will nominate candidate to replace resigned 38th District Sen. Phillip Puckett

 

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Unless only one candidate files to seek the Democratic nomination for Virginia’s 38th District senatorial seat, a mass meeting will be held in Bluefield (Va.) Wednesday night to nominate a candidate. The meeting may be canceled if only one candidate files.

The deadline to file the Declaration of Candidacy Form and pay the $250 filing fee is 5 p.m. today. The form and fee must be submitted to 38th District Nominating Committee Chairman Brian L. Hieatt. He can be reached at blhieatt@liberty.edu or 276-385-7055.

Sen. Phillip Puckett recently sparked controversy by vacating the Senate seat after 16 years, citing family reasons. His resignation resulted in passage of a state budget, but stalled Democrats’ efforts to expand Medicaid.

The mass meeting will be held 7-9 p.m. at Graham High School, 210 Valleydale St., Bluefield. It is open to all registered voters in the 38th District, who also are registered to vote in the Aug. 19 special election to fill the vacancy. Those casting votes must sign a declaration that they are not a member of any other political party and will not support an opposing candidate for any other political party.

Votes can be cast in person at any time during the meeting, but candidates will be able to address interested voters through speeches from 6:30-7 p.m. Additional time to meet with voters will be set aside (separate from the voting room) during voting hours.

The Nominating Committee consists of Democratic Party chairs from Pulaski, Tazewell, Russell, Buchanan, Dickenson, Wise, Bland and Smyth counties and the cities of Norton and Radford.

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  1. Whole E. Cow

    June 17, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    The Republican Party will nominate a candidate for the 38th Senate District on Thursday June 19th. The mass meeting will be held at the Tazewell Fairgrounds. All persons that support the Republican Party are invited to attend and vote. The Republican Party also ask that you are not a member of any other political party and will only support and vote for the Republican nominee. The mass meeting registration starts at 6:00 pm. and ends promptly at 7:00pm. The vote starts at 7:30 pm. All persons supporting the Republican Party from Pulaski, Tazewell, Russell, Dickerson, Wise, Bland, Smyth counties and the three registered voters in a small part of Montgomery county. Included are the city’s of Norton and Radford. All are urged to come to the Tazewell Fairgrounds. If transportation is needed you can contact candidate Ben Chafin at ben@benchafin.com. Food will be served starting at 5:30 pm before registration starts by the Ben Chafin For State Senate campaign.

  2. Whole E. Cow

    June 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    P.S. To all wanting to attend the Republican Mass Meeting at the Tazewell Fairgrounds, You must be a legal and qualified voter of the 38th Senate District and have a state issued photo ID. or voter registration card to vote in this nomination process.

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