Incumbent Frank Ruff Jr. handily won the Republican nomination for the 15th District Senate seat in Tuesday’s primary election.
This will be Ruff’s sixth term after being elected to serve in the Virginia Senate in November 2000 to fill the unexpired term of the late Richard Holland.
Ruff beat out his challenger, Chase City resident and U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran Dale L. Sturdifen.
He had 8,233 votes to Sturdifen’s 2,131 votes, giving Ruff 79.44 percent of the votes in the 15th District.
Ruff also won by a landslide in Halifax County getting 84.80% of county votes.
With a very low voter turnout, he garnered 770 votes from county residents to Sturdifen’s 138 votes with Ruff defeating his challenger in each of the 12 precincts in the county where he represents constituents including absentee ballots.
A breakdown of the county vote is as follows:
• In the Central Absentee Precinct, Ruff received 25 votes to Sturdifen’s 4;
• In the Clays Mill Precinct, Ruff received 56 votes to Sturdifen’s 7;
• In the Crossroads Precinct, Ruff received 65 votes to Sturdifen’s 12;
• In the Clover Precinct, Ruff received 36 votes to Sturdifen’s 10;
• In the Center Precinct, Ruff received 129 votes to Sturdifen’s 5;
• In the Dan River Precinct, Ruff received 133 votes to Sturdifen’s 17;
• In the Scottsburg Precinct, Ruff received 74 votes to Sturdifen’s 10;
• In the Black Walnut Precinct, Ruff received 36 votes to Sturdifen’s 7;
• In the Hyco Precinct, Ruff received 77 votes to Sturdifen’s 20;
• In the Midway Precinct, Ruff received 72 votes to Sturdifen’s 16;
• In the Virgilina Precinct, Ruff received 66 votes to Sturdifen’s 30; and
• In the South Boston Precinct, Ruff received 1 vote to Sturdifen’s 0.
The incumbent senator also dominated all other localities he represents in the 15th Senatorial District including Brunswick, Campbell, Charlotte, Dinwiddie, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania and Prince George counties and Danville.
Ruff was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1993.
In the Senate, he serves as the chairman of the Senate committee on general laws and technology, as a budget conferee, and he heads the subcommittee of finance that deals with economic development, agriculture and natural resources.
He also is a retired owner of a Clarksville furniture business and a former member of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors.
Ruff and his wife, Jessie, a retired teacher, live in Clarksville, and they have four children including sons Frank M. “Miller” III and his wife, Jessica, Thomas and his wife, Michelle, son David and daughter Genny.
They have two granddaughters and are active members of Clarksville Presbyterian Church.
After winning Tuesday’s GOP Primary, Ruff will now face Virginia Smith, the Democratic candidate and lifelong educator from Prince George County, for the Senate seat in November.