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Voters Turn Out For Special Primary To Elect New Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney

People wait to vote for Commonwealth Attorney
People can vote at Southside Community Services Center and Main Branch Richmond Public Library on Aug. 10. Polls are open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Photo: Whittney Evans)

Thursday was day one of a two-day Democratic primary election for Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney. The lines moved quickly and turnout was high despite the short time frame the Richmond City Democratic Committee had to organize the special election.

Many voters at the Richmond Public Library said they weren’t crazy about having only two polling locations and limited hours to vote.

George Jones said he just barely decided who he planned to vote for.

“There wasn’t enough publicity that we heard of,” Jones said. “We just heard about it two days ago.”

Gladys Shelton had to travel a bit further to get to this location because she lives on the east end.

“Parking is not that good out of here,” she said. “And then I had to come down the steps where at my precinct it’s a school and I just walk in.”

The Richmond City Democratic Committee was responsible for staffing the polls, printing ballots, finding volunteers and advertising. Jamie Nolan is chair of the committee.

“I think that when we’re in these situations where we have to nominate a candidate, we would like to be able to have as many locations and dates and times as possible,” Nolan said. “We’re certainly going to look at that more.”

Nolan said she thinks the committee did a good job with limited time and resources.

The two candidates vying for the Democratic nomination are Colette McEachin and Alex Taylor.

McEachin has served as interim commonwealth's attorney since Mike Herring resigned on July 1st. Taylor is a local, private attorney and retired colonel in the U.S. Army. He previously served as a senior assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Richmond.

There are currently no challengers in this race outside the Democratic Party. The deadline to file for candidacy is Friday, August 16.

Richmond Democrats have another opportunity to cast their votes in the special election this Saturday at the Public Library and Southside Community Services Center.

More information can be found here.

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Whittney Evans is VPM News’ features editor.
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