ELECTION UPDATE: Campaign Finance, Ads, Precincts, 33rd State Senate Special Election

John Whitbeck, Jennifer Wexton, Joe May vie for General Assembly seat vacated by AG Herring.

Jennifer T. Wexton (D), Joe T. May (I) and John C.L. Whitbeck Jr. (R) are running for the 33rd State Senate District seat being vacated by Mark Herring. Credit: Campaign photos
Jennifer T. Wexton (D), Joe T. May (I) and John C.L. Whitbeck Jr. (R) are running for the 33rd State Senate District seat being vacated by Mark Herring. Credit: Campaign photos


Tuesday’s Special Election for Virginia’s 33rd State Senate seat will go on regardless of weather conditions, election officials announced Monday. The forecast is calling for 6-10 inches of snow Tuesday.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in the race to replace Attorney General Mark Herring, who vacated the seat earlier this month, in the General Assembly. Three candidates have thrown their hats in the ring: Joe T. May (I), Jennifer T. Wexton (D) and John C.L. Whitbeck Jr. (R).

The winner will serve out the remainder of Herring’s term, which expires Jan. 13, 2016.

Wexton ($645,521) has far outraised her opponents in the race, according to the most recent reports, which account for contributions up to Jan. 10. Whitbeck had raised $235,715 up to that point, while May had raised $168,058. Wexton also had the most cash left on hand as of Jan. 10, $155,803, compared with Whitbeck’s $59,286 and May’s $46,563.

Some of the money the candidates raised has been used on television ads, each taking a completely different angle. Wexton released a television spot focusing on women’s rights and her background as a prosecutor (Republicans accused her of calling her opponents rapists and criminals; judge for yourself). Whitbeck released a TV ad saying his opponents would be too quick to raise taxes. May released possibly the most intriguing ad, calling on 33rd Senate District residents to “vote for the nerd.” 




The biggest donors to the campaigns were political parties and previous campaigns.

Wexton took in $313,000 from Virginia’s Democratic Senate Caucus, $35,000 from the Democratic Party of Virginia and $25,000 from Sen. Richard Saslaw’s campaign fund.

The Republican Party of Virginia gave Whitbeck $85,143 and the Virginia Republican Senate Caucus gave him $72,588. Another large donor for Whitbeck included the Middle Resolution PAC, $55,400.

May’s largest contributor was his previous campaign for state delegate, $40,308. May was defeated in the Republican Primary for delegate by David LaRock, who won the seat in November.

All of the candidates have experience. May served 20 years in the Virginia House of Delegates. Whitbeck previously ran for 10th District delegate in 2011, while Wexton previously ran for Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney the same year.


Joe T. May, Independent

Jennifer T. Wexton, Democrat

John C.L. Whitbeck Jr., Republican

Voters in the 33rd will vote at their normal precincts. Some precincts are divided, so check Voter Cards to verify you’re in the 33rd State Senate District (not to be confused with the overlapping 33rd State Delegate District).

A map of the 33rd Senate District is available by clicking here 

To verify registration and precinct information visit the State Board of Elections website by clicking here.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Jan. 21. The voter registration and absentee voting deadlines have passed.

LOUDOUN COUNTY PRECINCTS — 33rd Senate Special Election

DULLES District 

  • 114 Dulles South (split 13-33)  (Dulles South Multipurpose Center) 24950 Riding Center Drive
  • 117 Carter  (Rosa Lee Carter Elementary) 43330 Loudoun Reserve Drive
  • 118 Moorefield (split 13-33) (National Recreation and Park Assn.) 22377 Belmont Ridge Rd.


  • 207 River Bend (River Bend Middle School) 46240 Algonkian Pkwy.
  • 208 Algonkian  (Algonkian Elementary) 20196 Carter Court
  • 210 Cascades  (Potowmack Elementary) 46465 Esterbrook Circle
  • 213 Countryside  (Countryside Elementary) 20624 Countryside Blvd.
  • 218 University Center (GWU Exploration Hall) 20101 Academic Way
  • 219 Galilee Church (Galilee Methodist Church) 45425 Winding Rd.


  • 314 Legacy (Legacy Elementary) 22995 Minerva Drive
  • 316 Creighton's Corner (Creighton's Corner Elementary) 23171 Minerva Drive


  • 407 Harper Park (Harper Park Middle School) 701 Potomac Station Drive NE
  • 413 Tuscarora (Tuscarora High School) 801 North King St.
  • 414 Red Rock (Red Rock Community Center) 43131 Lake Ridge Place


  • 501 (1440E) West Leesburg (Ida Lee Recreation Center) 60 Ida Lee Drive NW
  • 502 (1440F) East Leesburg (Frances Hazel Reid Elementary) 800 North King St.
  • 503 (1440G) Dry Mill (C.S. Monroe Tech Center) 715 Childrens Center Rd. SW
  • 504 (1440H) Smarts Mill (Smarts Mill Middle School) 850 North King St.
  • 505 (1440I) Cool Spring (split 13-33) (Cool Spring Elementary) 501 Tavistock Drive SE
  • 506 (1440J) Brandon Park (Loudoun County High School) 415 Dry Mill Rd. SW
  • 507 (1440A) Greenway (Leesburg Community Church) 835 Lee Ave. SW
  • 508 (1440B) Balls Bluff (Balls Bluff Elementary) 821 Battlefield Pkwy. NE
  • 509 (1440D) Tolbert (John W Tolbert Jr Elementary) 691 Potomac Station Drive NE

BROAD RUN District

  • 617 Oak Grove (Oak Grove Baptist Church) 22870 Dominion Lane
  • 618 Mill Run (Mill Run Elementary) 42940 Ridgeway Drive
  • 619 Ridgetop (Loudoun County Office Building) 21641 Ridgetop Circle
  • 622 Farmwell Station (Farmwell Station Middle School) 44281 Gloucester Pkwy.
  • 623 Weller (split 13-33) (Steuart W. Weller Elementary) 20700 Marblehead Drive
  • 624 Moorefield Station (Moorefield Station Elementary) 22325 Mooreview Pkwy.


  • 701 Sully (Sully Elementary) 300 Circle Drive
  • 702 Park View (Park View High School) 400 West Laurel Ave.
  • 703 Rolling Ridge (Rolling Ridge Elementary) 500 E Frederick Drive
  • 705 Forest Grove (Forest Grove Elementary) 46245 Forest Ridge Drive
  • 707 Claude Moore Park (Claude Moore Recreation Center) 46105 Loudoun Park Lane
  • 709 Mirror Ridge (Sugarland Elementary) 65 Sugarland Run Drive
  • 710 Sterling (Sterling Middle School) 201 West Holly Ave.

ASHBURN District

  • 813 Seldens Landing (Seldens Landing Elementary) 43345 Coton Commons Drive
  • 815 Belmont Ridge (Belmont Ridge Middle School) 19045 Upper Belmont Place
  • 821 Lansdowne (Belmont Ridge Middle School) 19045 Upper Belmont Place 
joe brewer January 21, 2014 at 07:21 AM
How cold is it? Not cold enough to vote for Wexton or May!


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