On Nov. 8, Virginians will pick their next governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general and choose the 100 members of the House of Delegates. New Jersey is the only other state with major elections this year.
The governorship is the big prize. Republicans, who control the General Assembly, are hoping to win back complete control of state government. They lost the governorship when Mark R. Warner (D) won the race to succeed Republican James S. Gilmore III in 2001.
Timothy M. Kaine is the Democratic candidate for governor. Kaine was elected lieutenant governor in 2001. He served as a Richmond City Council member from 1994 to 1998 and as mayor of Richmond from 1998 to 2001.
Jerry W. Kilgore is the Republican. Kilgore was elected attorney general in 2001 and resigned this February to campaign full time. He served as secretary of public safety under Gov. George Allen.
H. Russell Potts Jr. is the independent. Potts has served as a Republican state senator from Winchester since 1992. He is chairman of the Senate Education and Health Committee.