|Former candidate for|
|U.S. House, Virginia, District 7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Grove City College|
|Master's||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Ph.D.||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Place of birth||Berea, Kentucky|
Trammell is a sociology professor at Randolph-Macon College. He earned a bachelor's degree from Grove City College and a master's degree and Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.
On June 9, 2014, Trammell announced his campaign for Congress on his Facebook page. He wrote, "We kicked off our campaign today after receiving a unanimous nomination from the 7th District Committee. I want to thank all of those who supported my nomination and endorsed me as a candidate. We are excited about the next few months on the campaign trail."
|U.S. House, Virginia District 7 General Election, 2014|
|Source: Virginia Department of Elections|
Trammell also ran in Virginia's 7th Congressional District special election. He was defeated by Brat in the special election.
|U.S. House, Virginia District 7 Special Election, 2014|
|Source: Virginia Department of Elections|
News of Trammell's nomination as the Democratic candidate officially broke on primary election night.
As of Monday, June 9, the media was reporting that there was no Democratic nominee. Many believed that active Twitter-user Mike Dickinson, who had appeared on Fox News and declared that he was the Democratic candidate in the 7th District, was indeed the nominee. The District's Democrats vehemently denied that Dickinson was running as an official Democrat.
Confusion continued until the 7th District Democratic Party nominee, Dr. Jack Trammell announced on social media that he was the nominee. The announcement came on primary election night, June 10.
Although the road to the nomination seemed strange compared to the typical Democratic primary process, in Virginia this process is fairly common. After speaking with Abbi Easter, Chairwoman of the 7th Congressional District Democratic Party, Ballotpedia was told the steps that the party took in nominating Trammell.
- December 2013: Each party in Virginia's 11 congressional districts decides the method by which they want to nominate their candidate. The 7th District Democrats opted for the caucus convention.
|“||The duly constituted authorities of the state political party, as stated in a party's rules and bylaws, shall have the right to determine the method by which a party nomination for a member of the United States Senate or for any statewide office shall be made.||”|
- April 10, 2014: Mike Dickinson appeared on Fox News' "On The Record w/ Greta Van Susteren," announcing that he was an official candidate for the 7th District; however, the filing deadline was at 5PM that day, at which point Dickinson was in the studio at Fox News and never filed to be an official candidate. Despite this, Dickinson continued to use social media as though he was a filed candidate.
- May 2, 2014: This was the date for the 7th District Democratic convention; however, because nobody filed to be considered at the convention, no convention was held. The party bylaws dictate that if this situation arises, the nomination is left up to the individual district party committees.
- June 8, 2014: After officially calling a meeting a week prior, as required by party bylaws, the 7th District Democratic committee met. Dr. Jack Trammell had filled out all the necessary paperwork to file. At the meeting, the party committee unanimously voted to nominate Trammell. The deadline for nomination by convention was June 10, 2014.
- June 9, 2014: Trammell officially filed his paperwork with the Virginia Board of Elections.
|Jack Trammell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$0.00||$155,003.13||$(13,803.78)||$141,199.35|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$141,199.35||$280,840.41||$(146,109.73)||$275,930.03|
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- Facebook, "Jack Trammell for Congress," accessed June 10, 2014
- Washington Times, "As Eric Cantor steps down, Virginia election officials worry about voter confusion," accessed August 19, 2014
- Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Cantor to resign from Congress Aug. 18," accessed August 1, 2014
- USA Today, "GOP leader Eric Cantor loses in shock Tea Party upset," accessed June 10, 2014
- WUSA9, "VOTER'S GUIDE: Va. voters go to polls in 3 US House districts," June 9, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Huffington Post, "Eric Cantor's Unofficial Rival Dukes It Out With Fox News (UPDATE)," June 11, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Trammell 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 23, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014