Delegate Dance wins Senate primary
By Blake Belden, staff writer
Aug 12, 2014, 15:35
FILE PHOTO/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Delegate Rosayn Dance speaks at a forum last year.
Del. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg, won the primary election with more than 45 percent of the vote on Saturday to fill the position of the Democratic candidate for the Virginia 16th Senate District, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.
Of a total 3,800 votes on Saturday, Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, received the second most votes with 1,375 (36.2 percent) followed by former Richmond mayor Rudolph McCollum Jr. with 592 votes (5.6 percent) and Gerry Rawlinson with 108 votes (2.9 percent), according to VPAP.
Dance, a former Petersburg mayor who has served in the Virginia House of Delegates for nearly a decade, will run against independent candidate Preston Brown in the general election on Nov. 4.
Since announcing her candidacy for the Senate, Dance has been an avid proponent for Medicaid expansion and closing the coverage gap for citizens in Virginia.
The 16th District, previously represented by Sen. Henry L. Marsh III for 22 years, spreads over much of the localities of Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George, a district that has voted Democratic in the majority of the major elections over the past five years.
Dance could not be reached for comment by press time.