Ben Chafin picked by GOP for Virginia Senate election to replace - WRBL

Ben Chafin picked by GOP for Virginia Senate election to replace Puckett

That special election was called to replace Phillip Puckett, the Democratic State Senator from Russell County who abruptly resigned citing family reasons. That special election was called to replace Phillip Puckett, the Democratic State Senator from Russell County who abruptly resigned citing family reasons.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 32 teens escape from DCS facility in Bordeaux

    32 teens escape from DCS facility in Bordeaux

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:09 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:09:42 GMT
    At least 32 teenagers escaped from a Department of Children's Services facility in Bordeaux late Monday night and officials think they pulled up a fence to get out of a courtyard.
    At least 32 teenagers escaped from a Department of Children's Services facility in Bordeaux late Monday night and officials think they pulled up a fence to get out of a courtyard.
  • July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:51:57 GMT
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.
  • Update: Russell County man found alive

    Update: Russell County man found alive

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:42:07 GMT
    Michael StacyMichael Stacy
    Police are asking for your help in finding a missing Russell County man.
    Police are asking for your help in finding a missing Russell County man.
Southwest Virginia Republicans chose Delegate Ben Chafin Thursday night to run in a special election in the 38th Senatorial District.

At a mass party meeting at the Tazewell County Fairgrounds, 834 people ate a BBQ dinner and then registered to vote for one of three candidates: State Delegate Ben Chafin (R-Russell), former Buchanan County Commonwealth Attorney Tamara Neo, and George McCall, a Richlands banker.

Chafin received 57 % of the vote and told News Channel 11's Mike Lamia he won because Republicans at the meeting examined his voting record in the House of Delegates.    Chafin said the race is extremely important because a Republican win will maintain the GOP majority in the Senate.  He'll face Democratic candidate, Tazewell County Supervisor Mike Hymes, in the special election August 19th.

That special election was called to replace Phillip Puckett, the Democratic State Senator from Russell County who abruptly resigned citing family reasons.


Puckett's resignation shifted power in the Virginia Senate from the Democrats to Republican, a move that infuriated Governor McAuliffe and his allies who hoped to included funding for an expansion of Medicaid in the budget.   

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday that Puckett's resignation was under investigation.

Copyright 2014 WJHL. All rights reserved.






Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.