Mike Dickinson

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Mike Dickinson
Candidate for
Virginia House of Delegates, District 74
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Mike Dickinson is a 2015 Democratic candidate for District 68 of the Virginia House of Delegates.[1]

Previously, Dickinson was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of Virginia.[2] Dickinson failed to meet the filing deadline.[3]

Despite the fact that Dickinson did not appear on the Virginia State Board of Elections candidate list and was not nominated by the 7th Congressional District Democratic Party, Dickinson still claimed to be running in the 2014 election.[3]


Dickinson was born and raised in Henrico County. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University.[4]


Nude photo

On July 9, 2014, he offered a $100,000 reward for a nude photo of Kendall Jones, a student at Texas Tech who has received attention for photos she posted on Facebook of a hunting trip. Dickinson's tweet is just one more in a series of provocative tweets.

Dickinson's tweet from July 9, 2014

Ebola tweets

Dickinson posted the following tweets about infecting members of the NRA with Ebola:

Dickinson's tweet from September 3, 2014
Dickinson's tweet from September 8, 2014



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Virginia House of Delegates will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on June 9, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 9, 2015.[5]


See also: Virginia's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Dickinson ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 7th District.[2] He failed to file before the deadline.

Nominating process

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."[6]

Nomination timeline

As of Monday, June 9, the media was reporting that there was no Democratic nominee.[7] 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 new nominee. The announcement came on primary election night, June 10.

Trammell's tweet from June 10, 2014

Although the road to the nomination seems 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.[8]
  • 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.[9] 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.

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Dickinson's reports.[10]

Mike Dickinson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2014$0.00$4,547.50$(3,519.54)$1,027.96
Running totals

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