Primary candidates given 10-day extension to get on ballot

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, April 19, 2023

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The State Board of Elections has granted a 10-day filing extension for candidates running in a primary election to get their names on the ballot.

The prior deadline was April 6. To date, the following candidates have qualified for the ballot.

Senate District 17

Del. Emily Brewer, R-Isle of Wight, and Hermie Sadler of Emporia will face each other in a Republican primary for the party’s nomination.

Del. Clinton Jenkins, D-Suffolk, is presently unopposed for the Democratic Party’s nomination. If he remains so by the new deadline, he will automatically become the Democratic nominee, and only a Republican primary will be held.

The district, created in 2021 based on the 2020 Census, spans Isle of Wight and Southampton counties, the cities of Franklin, Suffolk and Emporia, part of Portsmouth and Chesapeake, all of Greenville and Brunswick counties and part of Dinwiddie County.

House District 84

Former Del. Nadarius Clark, D-Portsmouth, recently resigned his 79th House of Delegates District seat and moved to North Suffolk to run as a candidate for the 84th, which spans the Isle of Wight-Suffolk border and includes Franklin and part of Chesapeake. He faces Michele Joyce of Smithfield for the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Navy veterans Mike Dillender and Rod Thompson, both of Suffolk, are vying for the Republican nomination for the 84th.

House District 83

There’s presently only one Republican candidate and one Democratic candidate running for the 83rd District. If that remains true as of the new qualifying deadline, no primary will be held for either party.

Del. Otto Wachsmann, R-Sussex, was redistricted into the 84th and is presently the only Republican candidate. Mary Person of Emporia is presently the only Democratic candidate.

The district includes most of Smithfield and western Isle of Wight County. It also includes all of Southampton, Sussex, Greensville and Brunswick counties, the city of Emporia and part of Dinwiddie County.