Sen. Creigh Deeds’ grandfather ran the Democratic Party in Bath County in the 1930s. In 1987, Creigh Deeds followed in his grandfather’s political footsteps by being elected to the position of Commonwealth’s Attorney in Bath. In 1991 he successfully ran for House of Delegates to represent the district that included Bath, and held the seat until 2001. It was then that a special election was held for the 25th Senate District after the death of Sen. Emily Couric (who was in the early stages of a Lt. Governor candidacy). The district runs from the West Virginia border to Charlottesville, with the bulk of the population being found in Charlottesville. Deeds was unknown to Charlottesville, but that didn’t keep him from securing the nomination on the first ballot. (His opponents included Nelson County’s Al Weed, now candidate for Congress.) He won the election easily.
Last December, after a recount, Creigh Deeds lost an election for the first time in his life, coming 323 short of defeating Del. Bob McDonnell.
Deeds still lives in Bath County. He and his wife, Pam, live in a small wood-heated house on a dirt road. They have four children and a large number of animals, including a donkey named Harry S. Truman.
Sen. Deeds has graciously agreed to permit me to interview him for this blog. I intend to conduct it in a traditional manner, but I’m interested in knowing what sort of questions that others would like asked. If you have a question that you’d like me to ask Sen. Deeds, please e-mail it to me. Please note that I’m interested in questions that appeal to Sen. Deeds’ experience and expertise in his years of public service, not questions about what blogs that he reads, if he reads your blog, or whether the blogs that he reads includes yours. Consider his biography, his aspirations, and his record, and make the most of this opportunity.