He had an opponent, then he didn’t. And as a result, Del. Mark Levine (D-45th) is home free in the Nov. 5 general election.
Earlier in the spring, Alexandria Republican Michael Clinkscale announced plans to challenge Levine, who is in his second two-year term in the House of Delegates. But Clinkscale did not qualify by the recent filing deadline, according to data from the Virginia Department of Elections.
The 45th District is centered in Alexandria, but includes a few Arlington precincts in the Shirlington and Fairlington areas.
Levine in 2015 came out on top in a five-way Democratic primary to succeed the retiring Rob Krupicka, and then was unopposed in the general election. He also was unopposed in 2017.
Earlier, Levine – an attorney and pundit – ran in the crowded 2014 Democratic primary to succeed U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th). The primary was won by Don Beyer; Levine finished fifth out of 10 candidates with about 7 percent of the vote.
Of the seven legislators who represent Arlington in Richmond – three senators and four delegates – only state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) and Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) have picked up opposition in the general election. Howell garnered a Republican opponent, Arthur Purves; Lopez is being challenged by Independent Green candidate Terry Mogdlin.