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Sheets drops out of 24th State Senate District race; 3 candidates left

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The 24th Senate District is now down to three candidates after Donald Sheets’ announcement that he was dropping out of the race, as reported by Brian Carlton with the News-Virginian (see Senate candidate drops out of race).

“As a lifetime resident of Mount Solon, I have always had a strong desire to serve my community,” Sheets said. “When I heard that Emmett Hanger and Marshall Pattie were probably not going to participate in the convention, I realized that I had a very good chance of beating Dan Moxley. Last week, the United States judicial system dismissed the lawsuit filed by Ken Adams, [so] the process of selecting a Republican nominee for State Senator in District 24 will now come from a June primary that I will not be running in.”

Sheets, who had not collected petitions for a primary run, was left high and dry after Judge Elizabeth Dillon dismissed the lawsuit brought by the 24th Senate District legislative committee that would require conventions instead of allowing incumbents to pick their method of nomination. In the case of Senator Emmett Hanger, that request is a primary.

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Primary, or convention in 24th Senate District?

Emmett Hanger senate mapBy Lynn R. Mitchell

A lawsuit driven by one man, Waynesboro GOP Chairman Ken Adams, embraced by challenging tea party candidate Dan Moxley, reportedly backed by anonymous consultants and financiers from other areas of the Commonwealth, and represented by local lawyer John Wirth along with Ken Adams’ son, the 24th State Senate seat has become a proving ground of sorts for the right wing of the Republican Party of Virginia that wants conventions to rule all political candidate selections in the Commonwealth (see Republican committee challenges Virginia law in court).

Situated in Augusta County, Rockingham, Madison, Green, and Culpeper as well as the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, the 24th has been represented since the 1990s by Senator Emmett Hanger. This time around sees a challenge from tea party candidate Moxley, Augusta County supervisor Marshall Pattie who also has tea party backing, and local farmer Donald Sheets, an unexpected last-minute entry (see Hanger gets another challenger).

On Wednesday the Staunton News Leader opined about the latest in a continuous stream of battles put forth by those who make up the tea party and Libertarian membership of the GOP (see Of primary importance):

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