The Virginia Redistricting Commission is out with its first iteration of proposed House of Delegates districts for Northern Virginia, and the plan as currently concocted puts a number of local delegates together in the same district.
At the moment, this is all academic, because unless and until the General Assembly passes a final version of the boundaries – or kicks the can to the Virginia Supreme Court – we’re just playing around with lines on a piece of paper.
But still, it’s clear that, since the commission decided to start from scratch in drawing boundaries, rather than using the existing boundaries as the starting point, there were going to be some winners and some losers among the incumbents.
Once the dust settles, some may end up having to make some tough choices – stay where they are and potentially have to face off against one or more of their colleagues in Democratic primaries, or move in order to be living in a safer spot, or maybe run for some other elected position. Guess we’re going to see how it all plays out.
No doubt the real-estate agents and moving companies of Northern Virginia stand ready to assist.
AND AWAY WE GO: Usually, it has been the Arlington County Civic Federation that provides a kickoff to election season, but since that group has pushed its candidate forum to later in the month, tonight’s debate among County Board and School Board members at the Arlington Committee of 100 will serve that purpose.
It’ll be interesting. Well, maybe not “interesting” – yesterday’s blog discussed that – but perhaps enlightening. Do any of the non-Democrats on the ballot have what it takes to make this a competitive campaign season? We should know by the end of the night.
- Scott McCaffrey