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Nick Freitas' candidacy questioned

Is his re-nomination legit?

July 24, 2019 - 2:44 pm

(RICHMOND, Va. - - Republicans in the 30th District have voted to select Delegate Nick Freitas as their candidate.

He already represents that district and was running for re-election, but withdrew his candidacy last week over incomplete paperwork after a filing deadline. That meant a new candidate had to be selected as the nominee.

Dr. Rob Roberts of James Madison University points out that the state statute says a candidate cannot be re-nominated once disqualified for not meeting filing requirements. He suggests that Republicans may be trying to use Freitas' withdrawal as a loophole around that, but says the spirit of the statue is clear.

Roberts believes without question the nomination will be challenged in court.