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Marye quitting legislature this summer after 29 years (VA Special Election) ^ | July 2, 2002 | AP

Posted on 07/02/2002 12:27:54 PM PDT by VaFederalist

Edited on 07/20/2004 11:46:54 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Sen. Madison Marye, D-Montgomery, will retire from the Senate this summer after a 29-year career in which his populism and homespun humor made him one of the state's most memorable legislators.

Marye, 76, said concerns about his health influenced his decision.

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TOPICS: Virginia
KEYWORDS: va; virginia
With this district "moving" to Prince Wm. & Fairfax counties, it is a nice chance for a GOP gain. Markie Warner will once again have to figure out when to hold this Special (other than Nov 5) so that Dim voters won't be overwhelmed at the polls.

This is a goofy system in place for the Senate right now. This will make the 4th district voting with the new boundaries while the rest are still using the old ones.

1 posted on 07/02/2002 12:27:54 PM PDT by VaFederalist
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To: VaFederalist
It makes me nervous to replace self-described "country boys" with northern Virginia liberal Republicans. The good news in the following article is that one of the most liberal extremists in the Senate, Linda "Toddy" Puller (widow of Chesty Puller's son) may now be vulnerable.

Jul 11, 2002

Shuffled senator says he's quitting

Potomac News

Redistricted to Northern Virginia by Republicans in 2000, Shawsville Sen. Madison E. Marye said Tuesday he will resign in the next 60 days.

The 39th District Democrat is the most senior member of the Senate. Marye had his district taken from his area and moved to Prince William and Fairfax, a district observers said was crafted for Fairfax Delegate Jay O'Brien, R-40th District.

At last count, 28,162 registered voters in Prince William are in the redrawn 39th District that includes the precincts of Buckhall, McCoart, Westridge, Purcell, Lake Ridge, Old Bridge, Rockledge, Mohican and Springwoods.

"It's not fair for people in Northern Virginia to be represented by someone down here, 250 miles away," Marye said. "That sounds absurd to me ... Just ask yourself, is it fair to the people up there to be represented by a country boy down here?

"Their problems I'm totally unfamiliar with. They're completely different from the problems we have here ...," he said.

Manassas Sen. Charles J. Colgan, D-29th District, said Marye had told him many times during the session that he was going to resign early, and Colgan said he's tried to talk Marye out of it.

Colgan is next in seniority for any member of the Senate behind Marye, but said he will try again to talk him out of leaving when the two meet at an upcoming Senate Finance Committee meeting.

Marye had wanted to represent his district until the end of his term, Colgan said, but the new district boundaries have been put into effect by Senate rule.

Marye's health also concerns him, he said, because he suffered a heart attack 10 years ago.

To fill Marye's seat should he leave, Gov. Mark R. Warner must call a special election.

An Aug. 6 special election is already scheduled to fill the 37th District seat vacated by Fairfax Sen. Warren E. Barry, who was appointed to the state Alcoholic Beverage Control board. His district was redistricted out of Prince William.

The 2003 Senate elections could shape up to be interesting in Prince William.

Colgan, 75, said he will not decide whether he will run again until the first of next year. Prince William Clerk of the Circuit Court David Mabie has said he will run for the seat if Colgan retires. Another Republican, Bob FitzSimmonds, has announced he will run for the seat. FitzSimmonds is a legislative aide to Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-31st District.

Sen. Linda T. "Toddy" Puller, D-36th District, had her district shifted south into Prince William along the U.S. 1 corridor, and Republicans are gearing up for a strong challenge.

Marye said he has to wrap up leases for office space and equipment before he resigns.

Marye is also dealing with the effects of a drought on his beef cattle farm. On Monday, he was building a trough to get water from a pond to streams running low. He said an initial good first cut of hay this spring will last through the winter.

Staff writer Chris Newman can be reached at (703) 878-8062.

2 posted on 07/12/2002 4:42:05 AM PDT by Ligeia
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To: Ligeia
Jay O'Brien has one of the highest Family Foundation scores in the House and, other than the tax referendum is a pretty solid conservative vote.

Puller's district was moved into PW with Del. Michelle McQuigg in mind. McQuiqq has declined so far to express an interest in that seat. The Pr Wm precincts in that district aren't exactly GOP hotbeds but McQuigg could have pulled it off, she has a knack for winning marginal precincts and deserves a lot of respect for it. I can't believe that the daughter-in-law of General Chesty Puller, one of the greatest Marines ever, is such a flaming leftist.

3 posted on 07/12/2002 6:23:35 AM PDT by VaFederalist
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To: VaFederalist
You're 100% right about Jay. If he's the candidate, I'm in. Devolites comes to mind as an example of a liberal Republican difficult for conservatives to support. She's running around campaigning for the tax increase and hobnobbing with Log Cabin Republicans. Has Jay said he'd run?
4 posted on 07/12/2002 1:19:30 PM PDT by Ligeia
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To: Ligeia
The 39th Senate District was tailor-made by Tom Davis & Devolites for O'Brien. It will be a year earler than planned but I have little doubt that he will run.

It makes me sick sick sick that Tom Davis has annointed Devolites as the successor to him when he decides to run for higher office. The redistricting took just enough of the 11th Cong. district into PW for general election safety but not enough to make a difference in a nomination fight. Most of PW is powerless to choose their Congressman.

Not sure if Devolites cherry-picked a Senate district for herself or if she is going to try for Lt. Gov. instead.

5 posted on 07/12/2002 1:43:47 PM PDT by VaFederalist
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To: VaFederalist
I don't see Davis getting elected to statewide office. A more conservative challenger in a primary will beat him should it be the Governor's Mansion or Sen. Warner's seat. He'd best learn to be content with what he has.

Depending on who the conservative is in a Devolites match-up, she can be defeated. Conservatives are well organized around here and are fairly responsible regarding showing up for primary elections.

Since Warner's in for another six years, we sure are speculating about a long time hence. It's fun to do anyway.

6 posted on 07/12/2002 1:56:28 PM PDT by Ligeia
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To: VaFederalist

Jul 23, 2002

Senior assembly Democrat resists pressure, will resign


Democrat Madison E. Marye, the "Uncle Billy" of the Virginia Senate, is quitting Aug. 1, his rural district having been shifted to the Washington suburbs.

"I feel the time has come for me to go," Marye said in a letter yesterday to Gov. Mark R. Warner.

Marye, the General Assembly's longest-serving Democrat, had been under pressure to complete the remaining 18 months in his four-year term, but he resisted.

Last year during redistricting, Republicans carved up his 39th Senatorial District to accommodate fast-growing Northern Virginia, where the GOP has made impressive gains.

It falls to Warner to call a special election.

The contest would be held in the newly drawn 39th Senate District, the anchor of which is now Fairfax County - not Marye's leafy Montgomery County at least 200 miles away in Southwest Virginia.

Marye's old district is now represented by a variety of senators.

Marye, 76, a Montgomery farmer with blood ties to two U.S. presidents, was first elected to the Senate in 1973. He announced earlier this month he'd resign within 60 days, but Warner and other Democrats had urged him to complete his term.

The 40-member Senate is up for election in 2003, as is the House of Delegates, with 100 seats.

In the Senate, Republicans hold 21 seats to the Democrats' 18, with one vacancy formerly held by a Republican.

"The continued confusion regarding my district has complicated my situation considerably," wrote Marye, who had planned to retire after the 2003 election.

Marye is among a number of legislators and political activists who believe special elections should be held in old districts to be sure residents are represented.

Republican-drawn districts in the House and the Senate are under challenge in state court. Thrown out by a judge, in some cases, as racially biased, the GOP plan is now before the Virginia Supreme Court.

In papers filed yesterday, lawyers for Warner and the Legislative Black Caucus urged the seven justices to affirm the decision of the lower court. Warner and the caucus members are Democrats.

Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore, a Republican, wants the high court to overturn the trial judge.

In floor debates, Marye would often refer to his Uncle Billy, who was the senator's fictitious alter ego and - while often given to zany exploits - reflected Marye's common-sense approach to a range of issues.

Democrats said they hope to recruit a candidate for the new 39th Senate District seat. Republicans could field Del. Jay O'Brien of Fairfax.

However, O'Brien is among those who have questioned a separate special election, planned for Aug. 6, to fill a Senate seat in Fairfax being vacated by Republican Warren E. Barry.

Barry is leaving the legislature for a Warner appointment to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, the agency that runs the state's liquor monopoly.

A federal lawsuit is challenging the election in the Fairfax-anchored 37th District, saying it unfairly denies representation to residents of the old district.

Contact Jeff E. Schapiro at (804) 649-6814 or


7 posted on 07/23/2002 6:15:02 AM PDT by Ligeia
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Jul 22, 2002

Marye sets retirement date; Warner files redistricting case brief

Associated Press Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The state Senate's most tenured member notified Gov. Mark R. Warner on Monday that he would retire effective Aug. 1, likely heading off one court challenge to Virginia's complicated redistricting procedures.

In a separate legal action Monday, an attorney for the governor filed papers asking the state Supreme Court to uphold a lower court decision that the Republican-drawn 2001 state legislative reapportionment plan is racially gerrymandered.

Sen. Madison E. Marye, D-Montgomery, earlier this month had said he planned to retire with a year left on his term. By setting the effective date in a letter faxed to Warner, Marye allows the governor to promptly schedule a special election for his vacant seat.

Warner plans to announce the special election date this week, said his press secretary, Ellen Qualls.

Marye, 76, decided to leave after Republicans shifted his district last year from rural, mountainous southwestern Virginia into the Washington, D.C., suburbs of Fairfax and Prince William counties about 250 miles away. He also said he had grown weary of the long weekly commutes from his farm in Elliston to Richmond each winter for legislative sessions.

Even as Marye was informing Warner of his retirement date, he was being added as a defendant in a lawsuit five northern Virginia residents filed in federal court in Alexandria over the state's procedure for holding special elections in redrawn districts.

State law dictates that after each reapportionment, the new district lines become immediately effective, and any subsequent elections are held in the redrawn boundaries, including special elections for unexpired terms.

Washington lawyer Lee E. Goodman sued after state Sen. Warren E. Barry resigned his 37th District seat last month to accept an appointment to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission board. A special election for Barry's seat was called in the redrawn, geographically smaller 37th District. The difference in the old boundary and the new district created a gap in which 48,000 people had no senator and no vote in picking a new one.

Marye's resignation solves that problem. The election to fill his 39th District seat will be in the reapportioned lines in northern Virginia, adjacent to the new 37th District. That gives the 48,000 disenfranchised Fairfax and Prince William County residents _ including the five Goodman represents _ a chance to elect their own senator.

Marye said in a telephone interview he had been cutting hay most of the day on his cattle ranch and was unaware he had been named a party to the lawsuit.

Goodman said Marye's letter to Warner would make his lawsuit moot.

"While a problem remains with Virginia's election law, my clients have obtained a right to vote and to representation as a result of Senator Marye's resignation. As a result, our lawsuit may be dismissed," Goodman said.

In an unrelated filing, Stanford University law Professor Pamela S. Karlan asked the Virginia Supreme Court to uphold Salem Circuit Judge Richard Pattisall's ruling that the 2001 redistricting was unconstitutional.

Karlan agreed to represent the governor without cost after Republican Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore and Warner, a Democrat, found themselves in stark disagreement on the lawsuit Democrats filed last year. Ordinarily, the attorney general's office represents state agencies, institutions and officeholders in legal challenges.

Kilgore wants the justices to reverse Pattisall's finding that the Legislature packed heavily minority areas into overwhelmingly black-majority House and Senate districts, sometimes separating communities and creating bizarre, misshapen boundaries.

Excessive concentrations of black voters might assure the election of candidates favored by minority voters in a few districts, but it dilutes black voting strength in other districts that were once competitive, Karlan argued.

"That degree of concentration was clearly excessive, particularly in light of the disregard of traditional districting principles of contiguity, compactness, respect for precinct boundaries and concern for communities of interest that it entailed," she wrote.


8 posted on 07/23/2002 6:23:07 AM PDT by Ligeia
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To: Ligeia
Special election is set for general election day.(Nov 5) Jay O'Brien is set to announce for this seat tomorrow in Clifton.

M. Warner couldn't justify the cost burden on localities if he were to hold this election on any other day like he wanted to.

First, we get Cuccinelli elected. Then O'Brien. Having real races is a good thing this year, forces the local parties to build & maintain an organization that will help in '03.

9 posted on 07/23/2002 6:37:23 PM PDT by VaFederalist
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To: VaFederalist
Excellent news about Jay O'Brien. I read yesterday that Stu Mendelson will not run for re-election for his Board of Supervisors seat. A real loss there. Perhaps he'll consider a run against that socialist Janet Howell. There's a special election in the Norfolk area, but I don't have any info on it.

Jul 23, 2002

Warner sets special elections to coincide with general election

Associated Press Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Special elections to fill the vacant seats of former House Speaker S. Vance Wilkins Jr. and state Sen. Madison E. Marye will be held with the autumn general election, Gov. Mark R. Warner said Tuesday.

Warner 's decision to schedule the elections Nov. 5 spares state and local governments the cost of staging an extra election. The deadline for candidates to qualify for both races will be Aug. 23.

Wilkins, R-Amherst, announced earlier this month that he will resign the seat he had held in the House of Delegates for 24 years.

Wilkins, the chief architect of the 64-seat Republican majority in the House, resigned as speaker in June after admitting he paid an Amherst woman $100,000 out of court to silence her claims that he made unwelcome sexual advances. He denied improper behavior.

His resignation from the House becomes effective Aug. 15.

Marye, D-Montgomery, informed Warner on Monday that his resignation would take effect on Aug. 1, ending his legislative career at 29 years, the longest tenure of any active senator.

The 2001 Republican-led reapportionment moved his 39th Senate District from the rural southwestern Virginia region where he lives into the crowded suburbs of Fairfax and Prince William counties nearly 250 miles away.

With Marye's resignation official, Del. Jay O'Brien, R-Fairfax, scheduled a Wednesday news conference at the town hall in Clifton to announce his candidacy for the 39th District seat.

Also in response to Marye's formal announcement, Washington attorney Lee E. Goodman said he will withdraw a lawsuit he filed on behalf of Fairfax and Prince William voters in the redrawn 39th District who said they were being denied a voice in the Senate.

Marye, who was added as a defendant on Monday, said he was disappointed that the lawsuit will not proceed. It was filed in federal court in Alexandria to challenge the state's confusing procedure for holding interim elections immediately after redistricting.

"What about the people in these five counties and one city down here in southwestern Virginia who aren't going to have a senator now?" Marye said.

"I thought they had a good point with the suit. I guess they got what they wanted up in northern Virginia so they don't care what happens anywhere else," Marye said.

State law requires that legislative vacancies that occur after a new redistricting plan takes effect be filled under the redrawn lines, even if they don't mesh with the districts from which legislators were last elected. Nearly 17 months remain on the four-year terms of senators elected in 1999 from districts that are now legally defunct.


10 posted on 07/24/2002 6:20:08 AM PDT by Ligeia
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To: OfByForThePeople; Moose4
Anyone know any of these candidates?

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Husband of former Wilkins aide bows out of race
Tucker throws support to Ben Cline
By Christopher Truscott
Staff Writer

STAUNTON -- A clouded picture for Republicans in the 24th District has become considerably clearer after an Amherst County man announced Tuesday that he will not seek the House seat former Speaker Vance Wilkins is expected to vacate next month.

Citing concerns about the fall harvest, William Tucker, a farmer and husband of Wilkins' former chief of staff, opted against seeking the Republican Party's nomination for the Nov. 5 special election to fill the remaining year on the former speaker's term.

Tucker's decision leaves Ben Cline, U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte's chief of staff, as the only contender for the party's nomination and with a clear path to the Republican convention on Aug. 10.

"I'm not going to treat it that way," Cline said. "I'm going to treat it just as though there were opponents already announced."

An unopposed nomination process is not always best for a candidate, said Del. Chris Saxman, R-Staunton, who defeated Dr. Charles Curry for the Republican nomination in the 20th District last summer before coasting to victory in the November election against Augusta County Supervisor Tracy Pyles.

"It does make it a little bit easier in the respect that you don't have any divisiveness," Saxman said. (But contested nominations) make you a better candidate in the long run because they test you earlier."

Tucker, who was in Minnesota when Wilkins announced his retirement from the House July 16, said that had he challenged Cline, the result would not necessarily have been a divided Republican Party.

"Quite frankly, I think candidates vying for positions only strengthens the party," he said.

Cline said that the possibility of not facing a challenge for the party's nomination will not hurt him in the campaign.

"I would say that we are very ready for the election," he said. "Our message is very clear. The issues that we run on (education, law enforcement and low taxes) are important to almost every family and individual in the 24th District."

After Wilkins' retirement announcement, Cline hit the ground running and secured endorsements from Republican Party leaders and legislators in and around the 24th District.

That early start would have been difficult to overcome, but Tucker said that he was pleased with the level of support shown in a survey of 24th District voters he had conducted.

"The results didn't impact any decision in a negative way," Tucker said.

Tucker said the compressed time frame of the special election made it difficult for him to hire adequate help for his farm with the upcoming fall harvest.

Dr. Mimi Elrod, of Washington & Lee University, and Rodney Taylor, a former member of the Amherst County Board of Supervisors, are vying for the Democratic Party's nomination, which will be determined at the party's convention Aug. 10
11 posted on 07/31/2002 4:39:56 PM PDT by Ligeia
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To: Ligeia; Coop
Heard a few days ago that O'Brien will likely not be opposed by the Dems for the Senate 39 seat. Dems are so scared of heavy Republican turnout that they don't want to do anything that might fire up the local GOP organizations and endanger the referendums. That's also why Reps Davis, Davis, & Strock are unopposed.
12 posted on 08/05/2002 4:29:42 PM PDT by VaFederalist
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