Dual primary to be held in Gloucester

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Apr 10, 2013 - 02:36 PM

Gloucester voters will have a choice of party primaries when they head to the ballot box on June 11. Residents in Mathews will only have one primary—the Democratic Party races for lieutenant governor and attorney general—that day.

In Gloucester’s Republican primary, incumbent Louise Theberge will face off with challenger John Meyer Jr. for the party’s nomination for at-large member on the county board of supervisors for the Nov. 5 general election.

Both counties will hold a Democratic primary to nominate that party’s candidate for the two contested statewide races.

In the lieutenant governor’s primary race, state Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) is running against former White House chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra of Arlington. Northam represents Mathews County in the state legislature.

In the primary race for attorney general, state Sen. Mark Herring (D-Fairfax) will challenge Justin Fairfax of Springfield, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Voters in each county will cast their ballots during the primary at their normal polling locations from 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Virginia law states that any qualified voter may vote in either political party’s primary. However, no voter may vote in more than one political party’s primary on the same Election Day. "You will have to decide which ballot you want to vote," said Gloucester registrar Bobbi Morgan.