Misleading Sample Ballots Continue to Roil Spotsylvania Polling Places

At several polling stations across Spotsylvania today, sample ballots with misleading information continued to be find their way into voters’ hands. At Battlefield Elementary School late this afternoon, the Advance was handed a yellow sample ballot with the header “Republican Sample Ballot,” and the man distributing the document referred to it as “a ballot from […]

Misinformation and Misrepresentation Grows in Spotsylvania

The email sent at 11:20 am Thursday morning was a reminder that at Spotsylvania’s Early Voting site, misrepresentation and misinformation are afoot. General Registrar Kellie Acors sent her email to about 50 candidates and campaign workers, among others, warning that people were behaving in a manner that is now negatively affecting the community’s impression of […]

The Debate Nobody Loses

When candidates agree to a debate, they have one rule – don’t lose. By that standard, every candidate for Senate District 27 on the stage Wednesday night at Mary Washington University won. Tara Durant Tara Durant set the tone with her opening remarks. I’m running for senate to make Virginia more secure. More secure for […]


Belen Rodas knows a thing or two about education. A professed professional student, she holds degrees from Amherst and Georgetown. She’s also a teacher who works with some of our public schools’ most challenging students. She’s running for School Board in Spotsylvania in the Chancellorsville district. She recently spent an hour with FXBG Advance to […]

ANALYSIS: SD 27 Race a Ross Perot-type Moment

Independents in American politics have a long history of being on the fringes, often teetering on the edge of reality. That’s why they’ve proven so entertaining. Saturday Night Live’s spoofs of these individuals have become legendary. Ross Perot in 1992, Herman Cain in 2012, among many others.   Saturday Night Live has long spoofed “crazy” […]

Campaign Fundraising Reports

Candidates’ September financial filings are now available on VPAP, and there are some surprising numbers in local races. We provide a quick look at local races and the fundraising candidates have managed to this point. Because Virginia was redistricted this year, the boundaries have been changed. Click here for an interactive map of Districts. To […]

Candidate Profile – Monica Gary

Editor’s Note: Monica Gary is running as an independent in Senate District 27. She recently sat down with FXBG Advance to talk about her upbringing and its impact on her development as a politician, her priorities should she win, and how running a lean campaign has focused her efforts. FXBGADVANCE: There’s a sensationalist side to […]