Address changes puts Del. Nick Freitas in new district
With all of the 140 seats in the General Assembly up for election in November many incumbents, including Del. Nick Freitas, are navigating a very different race than those prior, thanks to new congressional boundaries finalized by the Virginia Redistricting Commission in late 2021.
Freitas, a Republican, was first elected to the General Assembly in 2015 to represent what was known as House District 30, which included Madison and Orange counties and part of Culpeper County. He's now running against Democratic challenger Sara Ratcliffe to represent the new House District 62. Tax records show he owns a home just north of the town of Culpeper — but that property is in House District 61.
WMRA obtained the certificate of candidate qualification Freitas filed with the Virginia Department of Elections this year, and it lists a different address than the home he's owned since 2010. Instead, it lists an address just southeast of town, which is in House District 62.
That property is owned by Robin McMichael — who, according to a 2019 Virginia Mercury article, is Freitas' mother.
Freitas' chief of staff told WMRA via email that he lives in the 62nd District, but did not respond to a follow-up question specifically asking if he had moved out of his home in the 61st District. Were he to run in House District 61, he'd be up against fellow Republican incumbent Del. Michael Webert, who represented former House District 18.