Media release from the office of Kirk Cox on January 3, 2018
Virginia House of Delegates Speaker-designee Kirk Cox and Delegate David Yancey responded Wednesday after a three-judge panel denied Democrat Shelly Simonds’ motion to reconsider the election results in House District 94, as well as Simonds’ most recent effort to resolve the election outside of the process laid out in the law.
The Court’s ruling was clear and unequivocal (said Speaker-designee Kirk Cox [R-Colonial Heights]). The motion was never based in the law, and instead unnecessarily cost the people of the 94th a week to resolve this election. We’re pleased with the ruling, but disappointed we ever needed it in the first place. It also can’t go without noting that since Election Day, Democrats have submitted nearly a dozen filings in various courts trying to overturn election results. All of them have failed.
Unfortunately, this is another attempt by the Simonds campaign to manipulate the results of this election outside of proper legal channels. Republican leadership just last week pointed out had Democrats not delayed for this long, a second recount could have been completed by now.
Also, on Wednesday, Delegate David Yancey responded to a letter received from Ms. Simonds proposing a backroom deal to disregard the process laid out in state law.
While I appreciate Ms. Simonds’ letter stating that she will not seek a recount following the outcome of tomorrow’s drawing, I have always said I will follow the process laid out in state law (said Delegate David Yancey [R-Newport News]). I am not going to deny myself or the people of the 94th District due process simply because of the unnecessary delays that have got us to this point.