24th Senate District: Court upholds laws of Commonwealth, Hanger gets primary

By Lynn R. Mitchell

What many have considered a sideshow in the 24th Senate District is finally settled. With the inconvenient but obviously planned timing of the legislative committee bringing a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Virginia demanding only conventions behind them, candidates can now move forward as they approach the June 9th primary (see Primary, or convention for 24th senate district?).

What transpired resulted in a colossal waste of time and money for those in the district … the pre-planning for a “convention,” the mass meetings to elect “delegates,” and the uncertainty for the four candidates who have filed (see Augusta County calls mass meeting for faux 24th Senate District convention and Rockingham GOP calls mass meeting for faux convention). All of the proceedings appear to have been for the benefit of tea partier Dan Moxley who, interestingly enough, hedged his bets on the convention route and filed petitions for a primary. He had all but declared himself the winner of that non-existent event that was to take place in Elkton in three weeks.

Meanwhile, Senator Emmett Hanger and Supervisor Marshall Pattie did not file by the faux convention deadline but instead turned in petitions to run in the primary. That leaves one other candidate who did not file for a primary but believed he was to participate in a convention and filed for that. What becomes of him?

In the end, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Dillon ruled that the Republican Party of Virginia’s Plan of Organization said that a legislative district committee must follow Virginia state law. In this case, state law says incumbents can choose their method of nomination (see Hanger gets to have a primary, judge rejects local bid for a convention by Dave Ress in the Daily Press):

“The Party’s voluntary decision to limit the authority of the (committee) in its Plan and to allow the incumbent to decide upon the method of selecting a nominee is a decision the Party is permitted to make and is the cause of any alleged injury to the plaintiffs … this court cannot redress any injury caused by the Party’s governing Plan,” Dillon ruled.

Next stop: June 9th primary. See also ‘First they came for the volunteers, and I did not speak out.’

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11 thoughts on “24th Senate District: Court upholds laws of Commonwealth, Hanger gets primary

  1. […] background info: – 24th Senate District: Court upholds laws of Commonwealth, Hanger gets primary – Primary, or convention in 24th Senate District? – Emmett Hanger’s district […]

  2. […] that was filed by the 24th District legislative committee, and it was not settled until April (see 24th Senate District: Court upholds laws of Commonwealth, Hanger gets primary). Once the court ruled, everything fell into place as Senator Hanger’s team set about working […]

  3. […] District lawsuit that had seen a federal judge rule against the 24th Legislative District (see 24th Senate District: Court upholds laws of Commonwealth, Hanger gets primary) was resurrected even though it was not originally on the official agenda that was sent out by […]

  4. […] before the June 2015 Republican primary (see Primary, or convention in 24th Senate district? and 24th Senate District: Court upholds laws of Commonwealth, Hanger gets primary). He has now filed an appeal that is […]

  5. […] before the June 2015 Republican primary (see Primary, or convention in 24th Senate district? and 24th Senate District: Court upholds laws of Commonwealth, Hanger gets primary). He has now filed an appeal that is […]

  6. […] The lawsuit, changing the statute to require a convention, thus removing the incumbents’ choice of re-election nomination (primary, firehouse primary, caucus, etc), was struck down by the courts in 2015 but is now under appeal. […]

  7. […] The lawsuit, changing the statute to require a convention, thus removing the incumbents’ choice of re-election nomination (primary, firehouse primary, caucus, etc), was struck down by the courts in 2015 but is now under appeal. […]

  8. […] The lawsuit, changing the statute to require a convention, thus removing the incumbents’ choice of re-election nomination (primary, firehouse primary, caucus, etc), was struck down by the courts in 2015 but is now under appeal. […]

  9. […] was the driving force behind a 24th Legislative Senate District anti-primary lawsuit that would remove the choice of nomination method from elected […]

  10. […] without results, i.e. recruiting and electing public officials. (For background on Ken Adams see 24th Senate District: Court upholds laws of Commonwealth, Hanger gets primary.) Last time I looked, politics was all about addition, not […]

  11. […] (For background on Ken Adams see 24th Senate District: Court upholds laws of Commonwealth, Hanger gets primary.) […]

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