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Voters going to the polls for the Nov. 8 general election will decide who will live in Virginia’s governor’s mansion for the next four years.

The governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general positions are all up for election this year.

Voters will also decide which candidates will have a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates for next two years. All but one delegate in the Prince William-Manassas area has an opponent for this fall’s races.

The House of Delegates comprises half of the state’s legislature.

The Senate seats are up for re-election in 2006.

Residents who have never registered to vote or have recently changed addresses should check with their local registrar’s office to ensure that voter information is accurate and up to date.


– Governor candidates are Democrat Tim Kaine, Republican Jerry Kilgore and Independent H. Russell Potts.

– Lieutenant governor candidates are Democrat Leslie Byrne and Republican Bill Bolling.

– Attorney general candidates are Republican Bob McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds.

– Delegate Harry J. Parrish, R-50th District, is challenged by Democrat Donald Shuemaker Jr. Shuemaker is an employee of the U.S. Postal Service in Manassas.

– Delegate Michele B. McQuigg, R-51st District, is challenged by Democrat Earnie Porta, a certified financial planner and attorney who lives in Occoquan.

– Delegate Jeff M. Frederick, R-52nd District, is challenged by Democrat Hilda M. Barg, the Woodbridge representative on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.

– Delegate Robert G. Marshall, R-13th District, is challenged by Democrat Bruce Roemmelt, a Bull Run Mountain resident, retired firefighter and adjunct professor at George Washington University.

– Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-31st District, is running unopposed.

Visit the Virginia State Board of Elections Web site to find your elected representatives and more information about the state elections at www.sbe.state.va.us/


U.S. citizens, who are at least 18 years old on or before Nov. 8, live in Virginia and have never been convicted of a felony, are eligible to vote in the commonwealth on election day.

Residents may register at any of the following locations:

– Prince William Registrar’s Office, 9252 Lee Ave., Manassas, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., (703) 792-6470

– Department of Motor Vehicles office, 2731 Caton Hill Road, Woodbridge, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon.

– Manassas Registrar’s Office, 9025 Center St., Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., (703) 257-8230.

– Manassas Park Registrar’s Office, 1 Park Center Court, Office of the Registrar, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (703) 335-8806.

– Northern Virginia Community College, Manassas campus, 901 Sudley Road, Manassas, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., (703) 357-6630.

– Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge campus, 15200 Neabsco Mills Road, Woodbridge, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., (703) 878-5700.

– Registration applications are available at the McCoart Administration Center, 1 County Complex Court, off the county parkway, and the Sudley North Government Center, 7987 Ashton Ave., Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– Upon registration, residents will receive a voter registration card in the mail. Residents can register anywhere in the state, but each voter’s card will list the precinct and district in which he or she votes.

The deadline to register for the Nov. 8 election is Oct. 11.

Voters can cast an absentee ballot 30 to 45 days before the election at the registrar’s office until Nov. 5, or by mail by Nov 3.

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