Well, well, well…This is interesting.
Recently, Democrats in Virginia were taking a victory, thinking they had taken control of the state House and retained control of the state Senate by a very slim margin. That is until a probe was started after a Virginia State Senate candidate was accused of lying.
Candidates for the Virginia Senate are required to live in the district they are running to represent and there are allegations that Democrat candidate Ghazala Hashmi lied on her paperwork when she filed to run.
From the Dailywire:
Virginia Senate candidates are required to live in the district they are running for, and Hashmi filed candidacy paperwork saying she lived in an apartment on Boulder Lake Drive in North Chesterfield in Senate District 15.
But four neighbors filed a complaint saying she actually lives outside the district on Bosham Lane in Midlothian, and they provided a spreadsheet saying they had driven by the house 62 times during the month of October to document her residency. The notes include her car being there late at night and early in the morning, and her leaving the house shortly after 8 a.m. It also includes photographic evidence.
Putting Hashmi in a particular bind, if she did live in the Chesterfield apartment, then she may have committed a felony by concealing her ownership of the Midlothian home on sworn election forms.
The Certificate of Candidacy Qualification, which she signed March 14, 2023, says, “I now reside at the address shown below in the district in which I seek office,” under which she listed the North Chesterfield apartment.
The form also asks, “Do you or a member of your immediately family, separately or together, hold an interest valued at more than $5,000 in real property? DO NOT INCLUDE your principal residence.” She checked “no,” and did not list the Midlothian home. Real estate records show that she and her husband have owned that — worth nearly $600,000 — since 1999.
The complaint was filed on October 31, 2023, and now election officials are looking into the matter.