Democrats sweep local and state races in the 2019 General Election

Sena Magill, Lloyd Snook and Michael Payne elected to the Charlottesville City Council

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All three Democratic candidates — Michael Payne, Sena Magill, and Lloyd Snook — attended a forum at the University Oct. 25, as well as one Independent candidate, Bellamy Brown. Abby Sacks | Cavalier Daily

Democrats flipped both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly and swept the local races in the 2019 General Election Tuesday. All 140 seats of the General Assembly were up for reelection, as well as three out of the five Charlottesville City Council seats.

The six candidates in the City Council race — three Democrats and three independents — were up for the three seats, currently held by Mike Signer, Wes Bellamy and Kathy Galvin. All three Democrats, Sena Magill, Lloyd Snook and Michael Payne, were elected — all receiving about a quarter of the total vote with 8,042, 7,686 and 7,459 votes, respectively. 

The independent candidates — Bellamy Brown, Paul Long and John Hall — fell short, splitting the last quarter of the votes amongst them. 

Magill was the leading vote-getter in six out of nine precincts, while Snook led in three. Payne, who won seven out of nine precincts in the Democratic primary, led in none.

Other races relevant to the University included the races for Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney, House of Delegates for the 57th District and State Senate for the 25th District.

The Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney race focused largely on the criminal justice system. Democratic challenger Jim Hingeley beat out Republican incumbent Robert Tracci by around five thousand votes. Hingeley is a University law school alumni as well as a professor at the University.

Sally Hudson, an assistant professor of statistics at the University, ran uncontested and was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in the 57th district.

In the 25th senate district race, Democrat incumbent Creigh Deeds won with seventy percent of the vote over independent challenger Elliott Harding.

Final results show a turnout of a little over a thousand in the University precinct for the Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney, House of Delegates for the 57th District and State Senate for the 25th District. The large majority of the voters in this precinct are University students.

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