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Parties’ primary elections Tuesday

Democrats statewide and Republicans in some House districts are holding nominating primaries Tuesday.

Democrats will be choosing their candidates to run for lieutenant governor and attorney general in the November general election.

Their choices for lieutenant governor are Northern Virginia technology expert and political appointee Aneesh Chopra, who was former Gov. Tim Kaine’s secretary of technology, or Norfolk-based pediatric neurologist and state Sen. Ralph Northam.

For attorney general, Democrats will choose between Northern Virginia corporate lawyer and state Sen. Mark Herring or former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax, also from Northern Virginia.

Republicans chose their statewide candidates in a convention last month, but have some primaries for delegate races, including two in the Fredericksburg region.

Here, Republicans will decide whether to keep House Speaker Bill Howell of Stafford as their nominee in the 28th House District or go with Craig Ennis, who has made independent runs for the seat in the past.

Howell is an attorney and has held the seat for 26 years, serving as speaker for the past 10. Ennis has not held elected office before and has most recently worked as a temporary federal contractor.

In the 54th House District, covering parts of Caroline and Spotsylvania counties, Republicans can keep Del. Bobby Orrock of Caroline or nominate Dustin Curtis instead.

Orrock has held the seat for 24 years and works as a teacher at Spotsylvania High School. Curtis is operations manager at the University of Mary Washington bookstore and stepped down from the Fredericksburg tea party Patriots to run for office.

Virginia law allows any registered voter to vote in a primary, no matter the party. But you can vote in only one party’s primary, meaning that a voter could not vote in the Howell/Ennis race and the Democratic statewide races.

Primary elections are run like any other state elections. Voters go to their usual polling place, and polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A law passed in the 2013 General Assembly requiring voters to show a photo ID does not take effect until July 1, 2014. (CORRECTED: An earlier version of this story stated the law took effect this July 1.) But voters legally can be asked for another form of ID. Valid IDs for this election include a driver’s license, a voter card, a student, employee or military ID, or utility bills.

Chelyen Davis: 540/368-5028


For more information on valid IDs and on which elections are in your area, check the State Board of Elections website at

Candidate websites for the Democratic statewide races:

Candidate sites for the two local Republican House races: