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Milde Announces Primary Challenge in 28th District

Former Aquia District Supervisor Paul Milde sent an email today announcing his intention to enter the primary for the Republican nomination for the 28th House of Delegates District.

Read the full email here.

Bob Thomas who defeated Milde and former Falmouth Supervisor Susan Stimpson in the Republican primary in 2017 went on to win the General Election in November of last year.   He recently completed his first session in the House of Delegates and the election for the seat will be in November of 2019.   Announcing more than a year and half before the General Election and over a year from the primary that will be held in June of 2019 is striking.  Given his primary reason for entering the race is Thomas’ vote in favor of the state budget that was introduced in the House of Delegates that included expansion of Medicaid, this could be more of a ploy to pressure Thomas into voting in favor of a budget that does not include Medicaid expansion when the General Assembly reconvenes in a Special Session to complete the work on the budget.

It was widely expected Milde would be seeking the George Washington District seat on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors in the Special Election to be held in November of this year.   Millde recently purchased a home on Lakeshore Drive in the Argyle Heights neighborhood in the George Washington District.   Abandoning the opportunity to return to the Board of Supervisors, albeit in different district than the one he represented for 12 years, Milde will now face-off with Thomas again in a primary.

Bob Thomas was supported by former Speaker of the House of Delegates and 28th District Delegate Bill Howell in the 2017 election.  It would be expected Howell will again use his significant influence and ability to raise money to help Thomas in 2019.

The filing deadline for the George Washington District Supervisor seat is today at 5 PM.  More news to come on how that race is shaping soon.

Sorry homework is going to be late

It appears the Virginia General Assembly will not be completing their work by Saturday’s target adjournment day.   The Budget Conference Committee made up of members of the House and Senate cannot come to an agreement on the state budget.  The stopping point is the expansion of Medicaid.

When the House of Delegates adopted their version of the budget it included funding for Medicaid expansion.  With Republicans holding a slim majority in the House, the Republican Caucus leadership secured enough votes to include Medicaid Expansion with caveats for improvements in the program.  The Senate adopted their budget without the provision of Medicaid expansion within it.

If the Budget Conference is not able to complete their work and bring a budget to both houses by Saturday’s deadline the General Assembly may extend the current session or be called into a Special Session to adopt a budget later this Spring.

What does this mean for Stafford County?   Within the County Administrator’s proposed budget he included contingency for FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) positions in the Social Services department, in case Medicaid is expanded in Virginia.   Eighty-five percent of the costs of both of those positions would be covered by  new federal money that would flow into the county as a part of Medicaid expansion.   However, 15% of the cost is burden on the county.  If the General Assembly does not adopt a budget with expanded Medicaid the county money allocated to those two positions would be re-allocated to other priorities.

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