Race set in the 100th; Special election 2/25

With the Republican convention last Saturday, we now have the candidates for the 100th House district.

RandallWillie Randall is the Democratic nominee, having won it in a firehouse primary a week ago. Randall is a retired military officer and served on the Northampton County Board of Supervisors. His Facebook page is here.

BloxomWinning the Republican nomination in a convention mass meeting last Saturday was Robert Bloxom, Jr. If the name sounds familiar, it is because his father represented the district before Lynwood Lewis. (This post has the numbers from the convention.) I’ll update this post with a link to his website/FB page once I can find it. His Facebook page is here.

Much has been made of the fact that Bloxom sat out the 6th Senate race, failing to endorse Coleman. Bloxom is related by marriage to Lewis, who won that contest. Will Lewis endorse Bloxom? Um, no.

Bloxom was a private citizen when he made his choice. Lewis, on the other hand, is an elected Democrat. Regardless of his relationship with Bloxom, there simply is no way for Lewis to endorse him. If he did so, Lewis would be removed from the party – and that would be one heck of a choice by a guy who just got elected. No doubt Bloxom knows this – and if he doesn’t, well, welcome to the big leagues.

The special election will be held on February 25. All voters in the 100th are eligible.

Update 2:44pm same day to reflect that the nomination was obtained in a mass meeting, rather than a convention. Thanks to Pam for the correction.

Update 2/12/14 to include link to Bloxom’s Facebook page.


18 thoughts on “Race set in the 100th; Special election 2/25

  1. A lot of the Scalley people tried to make it an issue that would hopefully convince die hard GOP activists to support her. But in the end Bloxom overwhelmingly beat her. The GOP insiders make it a big issue, but I think they underestimated the ES where politics are all local.

    This will be an interesting race. The Democrat is also from the ES, so the turnout will be the question in the Norfolk precincts. I’m guessing the turnout will be anemic for this one.

  2. Because they supported him. In local and state legislative elections on the Shore, being from a family with generations of history in the area transcends partisan politics.

  3. I forsaw the loss of the seat to the Republicans and emailed this concern (along with the recommedation that he remain in the 100th) when he announced. I am still angry that Ralph didn’t support Paula, but that was becausr of Andrias money connection. It ain’t fair, is it?

  4. Paula Miller probably would have lost the Senate race. She had anemic votes on the ES in the primary. Lynwood Lewis was the best candidate. At least the Senate is D at the expense of a house seat. We wont be getting the HOD majority back for a while.

  5. I’m with Scott – I think Lynwood was the best candidate for the 6th. I didn’t expect Ralph to get involved in the nominating contest, because that wouldn’t have been fair at all. Andria used pictures of herself with Ralph on her lit but so did Paula. That wasn’t an endorsement.

    As for the 100th – I’m not ready to put this one in the loss column just yet, but it’s certainly an uphill battle. And Scott’s right: Ds are so far down in the House that one more seat simply isn’t a big deal. The bigger deal was the Senate seat – and, of course, the D bench.

  6. Yes the GOP on the Eastern Shore did care. Bloxom brought in a lot of Democrats to vote for him. Hard to beat a guy who has a town named after him, and 3 businesses of employees to help too…in addition to the Democrats.

  7. Scalley was not a good candidate. She was way too conservative and had already lost a race once before getting about 1/3 of the vote the same year Bob McDonnell had a sweep. I’m sure the hard core Dems were rooting for Scalley to win because she is beatable.

    In short, the GOP should be happy that Bloxom is the nominee.

    1. It’s not that Scalley was a bad candidate, she’s just not from the Shore and supports economic development. I worked on her 2009 race (and for Northam in 2011) and she had a lot of support from members of the Democratic Committee.

      On the shore there is more a generational divide than any kind of partisan one. The majority of the people, who happen to be from older generations, want the status quo, which is no development of any kind, no new jobs, no new companies, higher tolls on the CBBT, etc.. They want the Shore to stay more or less how it was when they were kids.

      The younger generations and the older folks who don’t want their kids to move away to find jobs want the opposite. People switch back and forth for local and state legislative elections based on family ties and who wants a more traditional vs progressive approach to the Shore.

      Scalley may be uber-conservative, but in terms of Shore growth, she is most definitely on the progressive end of the spectrum. The Democrats who run Northampton County wouldn’t even pay for sewer upgrades to keep their only hospital in the county for fears that it could spur more development.

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