(USNewsMag.com) – Incumbent Sen. Bryce Reeves and Del. John McGuire, who were both endorsed by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, won their nominating contests for Virginia state Senate seats May 6.
Reeves, who works in insurance, is a former law enforcement officer, and an Army veteran. Since 2012, Reeves has served in the General Assembly. In 2022, he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for the 7th Senate District, In 2017, he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.
On May 6, he won the Republican nomination for the 28th Senate District over Mike Allers, who is a retired police officer. Allers had also worked as a teacher. Allers had aligned himself with the MAGA movement of former President Donald Trump.
The 28th District is a mostly rural area that is located west of Fredericksburg.
McGuire is a former Navy SEAL. Since 2018, McGuire has served in the House of Delegates. He beat three other candidates to win the Republican nomination in the 10th Senate District. The 10th District covers the rural counties between Richmond and Charlottesville.
Both Reeves and McGuire are seen as early favorites as the areas are said to be solidly Republican.
The remaining nominating contest for the state Senate will be decided in the primary election, which is scheduled for June 20. primary election. In the fall, all of the 140 General Assembly seats will be on the ballot. This is the first election using the new maps which were drawn during the redistricting process by outside experts. Due to the new maps, there are more nomination contests as well as retirements as the new maps did not offer any protection for incumbents. More than a dozen state lawmakers said they would not be seeking reelection after the maps were released. Some lawmakers would have to face colleagues and others had significant boundary changes to their districts.
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