Note Update below
I’ve been expecting, and now GOPHokie is reporting that there’s a press release out there from Michelle McQuigg that finally settles the question of whether she is running for re-election in the 51st HOD, or for Clerk of the Court. I’ve personally heard Delegate McQuigg talk about running for Clerk this summer, and have been expecting Delegate McQuigg to run for something which won’t require trips to Richmond and the demands of being a state legislator.
Michele is really going to have her hands full taking on Lucy Beauchamp for this position. Lucy may be the favorite for this nomination. The Democrats don’t have a deep bench of county-wide candidates and may end up in the position of running an unknown neophyte who will be a longshot at best.
The lineup for the Republican nomination for 51st District looks like it’s going to be Julie Lucas, who serves on the Board of Education, against Faisal Gill, attorney. While Faisal has the support of the conservative establishment within the PWCRC, he’s a horrid candidate who would get utterly smoked by anyone remotely qualified on the Democratic side if he should get the nomination. BVBL readers will undoubtedly be hearing more on this in the future, if Faisal Gill announces. Julie Lucas is a very strong candidate in a general election, and I expect will quickly gain considerable support in the PWCRC as a candidate with actual experience, a positive record, and a complete lack of any history with shady characters, terrorists, or Steven Chapman.
The Democrats have real problems finding qualified candidates, which will soon be demonstrated with the Occoquan Supervisor’s special election. With Earnie Porta running for three different seats in the last 15 months or so, it would be pretty bold for him to add another shot at a different job. I expect he’ll stay where he is and forego the risk of looking like such an opportunist. I think Sharon Pandak has learned again why she doesn’t like to campaign, Gary Friedman has effectively been excommunicated, and Bruce Roemmelt is focused on his constant nemesis, Delegate Marshall. There’s really not a whole lot left after that, especially when you consider that the 29th Senate seat may become an open seat in ‘07.
UPDATE: It’s now official:
Delegate Michèle McQuigg announces intentions to run for Clerk of Court
Woodbridge, VA – Michèle B. McQuigg announced today that she will form a campaign committee to seek the Republican nomination for Clerk of the Circuit Court serving Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
In 1983, in her first attempt for elective office, McQuigg ran for Clerk of the Court. She was first elected in 1991 to the Board of County Supervisors where she served 6 years as the Occoquan District Supervisor. Delegate McQuigg then won a special election in 1998 to represent the citizens of the 51st House District in the Virginia General Assembly.
McQuigg stated, “It is time for me to return home—I’ll have been in Richmond for 10 years.
“The opening of the Clerk’s seat is an opportunity for me to serve all of the people of Prince William and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. I am proud of my long history of commitment and service to our community and my track record of caring about the people and working hard for them. My background and service has given me the knowledge, expertise, experience and skills to serve effectively as Clerk of the Circuit Court.”
Delegate McQuigg has served on the House Committee on Courts in the General Assembly since 1998 and is a member of the Joint Subcommittee to Study the Operations of Circuit Court Clerks’ Offices for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
McQuigg has been active in the local Republican Committee since 1980. She has been a community activist and leader in Prince William County since the 1970s.
Delegate McQuigg stated, “For now, I will continue to focus my attention on the upcoming General Assembly session for which the people elected me to represent them and to enjoy the holiday season with my family.”
A formal announcement will be made after the General Assembly session.
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