Hodges, Northam win election to General Assembly
Voters in Gloucester and Mathews, along with the rest of the 98th District, overwhelmingly chose Keith Hodges of Urbanna, as its next representative to the Virginia House of Delegates.
Hodges, a Republican, captured 81 percent of the vote in Gloucester and 78 percent of the vote in Mathews in a convincing win over Democrat Andy Shoukas of Essex. The results mirrored the rest of the district, where Hodges polled at slightly over 78 percent.
In the 6th Senatorial District contest, incumbent Democrat Ralph Northam of Norfolk, won a second term, holding off Republican challenger Ben Loyola of Virginia Beach, winning by almost 4,000 votes. However, in Mathews, voters went for Loyola by a 56 percent to 44 percent margin.
"I am honored that the people of the 98th District have chosen me to be their delegate in the Virginia General Assembly," Hodges said on Wednesday morning. "Job creation, the Chesapeake Bay and fiscal responsibility are my top priorities. I look forward to being their voice in Richmond and will strive to serve the Commonwealth of Virginia to the best of my ability. My door is always open and I will always listen to the people of the 98th District."