McAuliffe files motion to dismiss GOP lawsuit, interview with Carrie Coyner, and more from Virginia politics.

The latest in Virginia politics.


The audio at the top of this newsletter is an audio interview with Republican state Delegate Carrie Coyner (R-Chesterfield). She represents the 62 district in the House of Delegates. She was first elected in 2019.

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Update: McAuliffe files motion to dismiss the GOP lawsuit trying to remove him from ballot

Update: Friday, August 27 at 8:15 p.m.

Terry McAuliffe is filing his own motion with a request for dismissal of the Republican lawsuit aimed at removing him from the general election ballot.

“We haven’t even made it to Election Day and Virginia Republicans are already trying to undermine the election results in court using Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani’s playbook,” said McAuliffe spokesperson, Christina Freundlich in a statement Friday night. “Terry McAuliffe overwhelmingly won the Democratic primary with the support of hundreds of thousands of Virginians – more than any other primary candidate in Virginia history – and this Trumpian attempt to distort the law and the will of the voters will not prevent him from becoming the Commonwealth’s next governor.”

A Republican Party official provided a statement to Virginia Scope Saturday morning. “They must be worried about the apparent fraudulent form or else they wouldn’t bring Marc Elias in to defend it.”

The filings from McAuliffe and the Democratic Party of Virginia can be viewed here and here.

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Coyner touts her record as she seeks reelection to a second term in the House of Delegates

Carrie Coyner (R-Chesterfield) was first elected to represent the 62 district in the House of Delegates two years ago. Now she is seeking reelection after having a promising two years of passing legislation as a Republican in a chamber that is ruled by the Democratic majority. 

Her district encompasses the southern parts of Chesterfield, all of Hopewell, and part of Prince George.

Before winning her House race in 2019 she served on the Chesterfield school board for eight years. “My first passion is really service involving families and children,” she said in an interview while waiting in line to pick her kids up from school Friday. “My passion and desire to serve in the community really started from my mission work within my own church.” 

Coyner credits her time working with low-income families and single mothers and seeing their struggle of needing to work while also being a parent to their child as part of a reason she ran for office. “Seeing how much they loved their kids and wanted the best for them but could not be at work and be at home at the same time really led to me trying to become a voice for so many moms at the school level.” 

Then after eight years working in public education, Coyner says she saw there were not enough people with public school knowledge at the state level. So she ran — and she won. 

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The audio at the top of this newsletter is Virginia Scope’s full interview with Coyner.

Nearly every person evacuated from Afghanistan has tested negative for COVID-19 when arriving in Virginia

In a press call Friday morning, Governor Ralph Northam provided an update on the evacuation mission from Afghanistan and the COVID-19 protocols within the process. 

Of the roughly 14,000 Americans and Afghan refugees that have arrived in the United States through Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia, less than 20 of those people have tested positive for COVID-19. “Since the mission began 11 days ago, less than 20 people have tested positive and those individuals are being quarantined,” Northam said Friday morning.  

“That is much better than our statewide numbers,” he continued. “If people are saying this mission is bringing COVID to the United States, it just simply is not true.” 

Northam said that there are no direct flights from Afghanistan to the United States. The people who have been arriving here have come from Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Germany, Spain, and Bulgaria. He expects that list to expand in the future. 

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School superintendent calls for a stop to verbal abuse directed at staff - Fauquier Times

By Robin Earl Times

David Jeck, superintendent of Fauquier County Public Schools, posted a video update for parents on Friday night. With COVID-19 case numbers still rising in the county, he addressed the large number of students who have been quarantined after only two weeks of school and how staffing shortages have affected transportation and instruction.

His most heartfelt remarks – about how some parents are treating school employees -- came at the end of the brief address.

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Delegate criticizes VB mayor for comment that masks ‘don’t give much protection’ - WAVY

by Stephanie Harris

As the mask debate continues in our communities, one local lawmaker is calling out another on social media.

Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler (D-Virginia Beach) posted a clip from this week’s Virginia Beach City Council meeting that is causing a bit of a stir.

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More Virginia News


Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth

Board Appointments

Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services

  • Jacquelin Easter of Amelia, Farmer

  • James S. Huffard III* of Crockett, Huffard Farms and Duchess Dairy

  • Donald H. Horsley* of Virginia Beach, Owner and Manager, Land of Promise Farms

  • Richard Sellers, PAS, Dipl., ACAS* of Burke

  • Cecil E. Shell* of Kenbridge, Owner and Farmer, Shell’s Farm

  • Tyler Wegmeyer of Hamilton, Owner, Wegmeyer Farms

Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

  • Lacyn Barton of Sandston, Funeral Service Licensee, Woody Funeral Home and Cremation Service

  • Muhammad Hanif* of Midlothian, Member of the Board of Trustees, Islamic Center of Virginia

Board of Psychology

  • Aliya Chapman* of Blacksburg, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Owner, Pathways Psychology, LLC

  • Dr. Norma Murdoch-Kitt of Richmond, Clinical Psychologist

Board of Social Work

  • Eboni Bugg of Albemarle, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Central Virginia Clinicians of Color Network

Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin

  • Paul A. Holland, AICP* of Arlington, Environmental Consultant

  • Mark Peterson* of Loudoun, Deputy General Manager of Administration, Loudoun Water

Virginia Aviation Board

  • Donald T. Robertson of Smithfield, Assistant County Administrator, Isle of Wight County

  • Sophie Chafin Vance of Lebanon, Chief Branch Operations Officer and Senior Vice President, First Bank and Trust Company

Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board (GO Virginia)

  • Leah Fremouw* of Chesterfield, SVP, Director of Community Innovation, Virginia Community Capital

  • Todd Stottlemyer* of Oakton, Chief Executive Officer, CNSI

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