Breaking News: ACCE Uncovers Local Secret in Virginia

In it's latest publication "Levers of Power", ACCE researchers discovered a long held election secret in Virginia Politics

In it’s latest publication called: Levers of Power, ACCE researchers discovered a long held election secret in Virginia politics. Incumbents or challengers running for mayor and town council in any Virginia town may run as Republican or Democrat if elected by the political party in a Republican primary, mass meeting or party canvass. The only restriction is if the town charter expressly prohibits a candidate from seeking office on a partisan label. It had always been assumed that town officials could only run non-partisan in Virginia.

“I have served on town council for five years and was elected twice. I had no idea individuals have the right to associate with a political party and receive their nomination. This information could change a lot of things for the better in local government across the Commonwealth”, said Jon Russell, Culpeper Town Councilman and National Director of ACCE.

Levers of Power is a 50 state examination of the levers of power held by local governments. The publication covers, forms of government, party labels, initiative and referendum powers, and the legal relationship between the state and local government.