Will nominate candidate to replace resigned 38th District Sen. Phillip Puckett
By MELINDA WILLIAMS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.