Congressional fundraising continues for 2022 race as legal case for Delegate’s elections continues

We’re still waiting for a final decision on whether there will be a House of Delegates race this year. Last year, Richmond attorney Paul Goldman filed a suit against the Board of Elections arguing that the certification of Delegates for two-year terms last November was unconstitutional due to the legislative boundaries being outdated because they are still based on the 2010 U.S. Census.

Last week, attorneys affiliated with new Attorney General Jason Miyares took up the case and have asked judges with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to deny a request by Goldman to submit additional information in the appeal. Among other things, they argue that data Goldman used to claim imbalance in legislative districts cannot be verified. (read that brief)

On Monday, the court deferred consideration of Goldman’s motion earlier. A hearing has been set for March 8, 2022. (read that order)

But there will definitely be a Congressional race this year under the new districts approved by the Virginia Supreme Court in late December. 

In the 5th District, Republican Incumbent Bob Good will defend his seat in seeking a second term. He currently has one member of his party challenging him and that’s Dan Moy, the chair of the Republican Party in Charlottesville. According to campaign finance data processed by the Virginia Public Access Project, Good raised $518,278 cash in 2021. Moy did not file a report in that filing period. 

Three Democrats are in the race. 

  • Josh Throneburg raised $270,154 in 2021. He’s an ordained minister and small business owner. 
  • Warren McClellan is a farmer who grew up in Southside and he raised $11,001.
  • Andy Parker is running because his daughter was killed while she was doing a television report at Smith Mountain Lake several years ago. He had not filed a report by the end of 2021.  

A fourth Democrat, Lewis Combs Jr., suspended his campaign last week due to the new shape of the 5th District. 

“As a result of our analysis, I have decided that there is not a viable path to victory for our progressive campaign in the 5th Congressional District,” Combs said in a statement “We are confident that our campaign could raise the funds and field the organization needed to run an effective campaign. However, I could not truthfully assure our potential donors that there is a pathway to victory in the general election.” 

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