HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — In the 3rd District, Democratic Representative Bobby Scott defeated Republican M.L. “Marty” Williams, a retired Chesapeake police officer.
Congressman Scott has served the 3rd District for 24 years and before that, served 15 years in the Virginia General Assembly.
Scott declared victory Tuesday night in a statement, which said in part:
I want to thank the citizens of Virginia’s third congressional district for their strong vote of confidence in me and my record fighting for them in Washington. Due to court ordered redistricting, several communities that I have not had the honor of representing during my tenure in Congress were added to this district. I enjoyed introducing myself to these new areas and I am eternally grateful for the support these new voters gave me in this campaign.”
A three judge panel redrew the boundaries for the 3rd District because they said Virginia had illegally packed too many black voters into it. The new lines include less of the Richmond area and more of Hampton Roads. It reduces the number of minority voters from 56 percent to about 45 percent.
He went onto say, “Tonight, we celebrate a tremendous victory, but tomorrow we get back to work making Hampton Roads, the Commonwealth, and our nation a better place to live and raise a family.”
10 On Your Side asked Scott about Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election.
“When someone comes up with an idea rather than worrying on the policies, whether things makes sense or not,” said Congressman Scott. “And, we will work together when something makes sense, we will move the nation and resist things that move the nation backwards.”