2 Norfolk Republicans vie for open delegate seat

2 Norfolk Republicans vie for open delegate seat

Sylvia Bryant, left, and Mario Portillo want to be the Republican nominee for delegate in the 90th District. (photos courtesy of the candidates) NORFOLK — Two Republicans have joined the race for an open state delegate seat in a Democratic stronghold that recently became slightly more friendly to the GOP. Political newcomers Sylvia Bryant and Mario Portillo will vie for the Republican nomination in a firehouse primary on Dec. 6 at the American Legion Unit 327 in Norfolk, where the party will hold a drive-through election in order to meet social distancing guidelines through the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are excited,” said Bryant, who was born and raised in West Virginia before Norfolk’s proximity to the beach lured her there at 19, where she has lived since. “For far too long, we’ve been kind of the party that has just been forgotten about in Norfolk. Everything has been from the Democrats’ point of view.” That’s because the 90th District on Norfolk’s east side usually votes Democratic, though newly drawn district lines that went into effect in 2019 made that advantage slightly less lopsided, according to an analysis by the Virginia Public Access Project . Generally, whoever has gotten a nod from Democrats has won. The two who are hoping to change that have traditional conservative positions on issues including guns and abortion. “I really don’t like what’s happening in Richmond where they’re trying to make it easier to let a woman have an abortion,” Portillo said, alluding to the actions […]

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