Healthy Turnout at Lyles-Crouch for Democratic Delegate Candidates
Nearly 900 voters came to Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy in Old Town to show their support for one of two Democratic candidates.
Nearly 900 voters turned out on Thursday evening to show their support for one of two Democratic candidates for the 45th District's state delegate seat.
"We've seen a good cross section of people from Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax," said 45th House District Democratic Nominating Committee Chairman Craig Fifer, who added he was pleased by the turnout to support Rob Krupicka or Karen Gautney.
In total, there are 66,000 registered Democratic and Republican voters eligible to vote in the race for the seat, which represents parts of Alexandria as well as portions of Fairfax and Arlington counties.
Fifer said for a City Council caucus, he would expect from 1,000 to 2,000 voters, but in this particular race there were "fewer candidates to drum up more interest" and it was held with only five days' notice.
"It's likely that the winner [of this race] will be elected to the General Assembly, based on past history, and could likely serve for years to come," Fifer said.
The Democratic winner will face Republican Tim McGhee in a special election Sept. 4 to replace Del. David Englin, who resigned.
The voting was held at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy in Old Town from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., where 897 people voted. Day two of voting will be held Saturday at Cora Kelly School between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.