Hudson challenging Deeds for seat
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Virginia's legislative maps have been redrawn and there will be races for the General Assembly next year.
"It's unlikely that the Republicans in the general election are going to put up a serious challenge. So, basically the biggest choice here is going to be in the Democratic primary," said J. Miles Coleman, the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
Delegate Sally Hudson announced on Monday she will campaign to challenge state Senator Creigh Deeds for the Democratic nomination in the newly drawn District 11 senate seat.
"I'm not running against anybody, I'm running for this district. I think we're a really energetic community and we should be leading the charge to get Virginia back on track," Hudson said.
Coleman called Deeds an institution: he's represented the 25th District in the state Senate since 2001. That district included some of the area now covered by the 11th District.
"I'm frankly excited about continuing to give this area a strong voice, a senior voice of reason in the General Assembly," Deeds said.
He added that there’s more work to be done.
"I'm running for re-election because I don't want there to be a Republican trifecta, because I want to make sure we can protect the progress we made, protect the woman's right to choose. I want to protect the gun safety measures we have enacted and see if we can do a little bit better," he said.
Hudson said she's running because the work she did in her first two years with Governor Ralph Northam is under attack.
"It's essential that we get back to moving forward, and not trying to roll back the clock on everything from access to public education to confronting the climate crisis," she said.
Coleman says their platforms could look pretty similar.
"So, it's almost, basically going to come down to those issues of seniority, age and almost a difference of style," he said.