This week’s Virginia political calendar includes another special election, and many Loudoun and Fairfax residents get to elect a new state senator. Republicans currently have a 20-18 advantage in the Virginia Senate (pictured), with vacancies in the 6th and 33rd Districts. Democratic nominee Jennifer Wexton says she wants the 33rd district in northern Virginia to stay blue, and she doesn’t want the GOP to add to its conservative ranks. John Whitbeck is the Republican standard bearer, and says he’s campaigning on bread and butter issues such as tax policy and opposition to what he calls Obamacare. The third candidate is Joe May, who’s running as an Independent. May did spend two decades as a GOP delegate and says voters know him. Wexton, Whitbeck and May are rivals in one of two special contests caused by the November 5th elections of Ralph Northam as Lieutenant Governor and Mark Herring as Attorney General. An Eastern Shore Democrat recently won a special election to succeed Northam, but his victory margin was nine votes and a Norfolk Republican has asked for a recount in the 6th district contest. If they hope to have any hope of regaining control of the State Senate, Democrats must win both of the January special elections.