It’s hard to get excited about races in Virginia’s 5th Senate district.
That’s because it’s been more than 20 years since the Republican Party nominated a candidate to compete in the heavily blue district.
Ultimately, the trend will continue this year when the winner of the upcoming firehouse primary will take the seat by default.
However, while the special election may prove to be lackluster, the primary is contested and democratic voters will have the opportunity to choose between Joe Lindsey of Norfolk and Lionell Spruill, Sr. of Chesapeake on July 9th (parts of both cities comprise the 5th Senate district). The winner will replace Kenny Alexander, who leaves the seat after winning last month’s historic mayoral election in Norfolk.
Joe Lindsey represents the 90th district in the Virginia House of Delegates after winning in a special election in 2014. He ran unopposed the following year to keep his seat and currently serves on the Appropriations, Education, and Privileges and Elections committees in the House. In addition to his political obligations, Lindsey works as an attorney in Norfolk.
Lionell Spruill, Sr. is also a Virginia delegate, representing the 77th district. Spruill has a long history of running unopposed in both primary and general elections and as a result, he’s held his seat since 1994. He also serves on multiple committees, including Rules and Health, Welfare, and Institutions.
The primary will take place in multiple locations on July 9th between 10am and 2pm. In Norfolk, you can visit the Kroc Center on Ballentine Boulevard. In Chesapeake, you can vote at either the Indian River Library or Camelot Elementary School.
More information on the primary candidates can be found below: