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Legislative Incumbents Have Easy Election Paths

Three out of four legislative candidates appearing on the November ballot in The Herald’s coverage area are on track to return to the Virginia General Assembly in January.

Out of the three House of Delegates and one state Senate seat, only 61st House District Rep. Thomas C. “Tommy” Wright Jr., R-Victoria, will face opposition on the November ballot. Democrat Gregory L. Marston, of Crewe, is challenging the incumbent. Cumberland County is in Wright’s district. Wright has been a member of the House since 2001.

Delegates C. Matthew Fariss, R-Rustburg, who represents Buckingham, and James E. Edmunds III, R-South Boston, who represents Farmville and Prince Edward, are unopposed. Fariss represents the 59th district, while Edmunds represents the 60th. Edmunds has been in the house since 2010, while Farriss has been in the legislature since 2012.

Incumbent State Sen. Thomas A. Garrett Jr., R-Hadensville, who represents Buckingham, Prince Edward and Cumberland in the 22nd Senate District, is unopposed. Garrett has served in the Senate since 2012.