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Primary election set

Two Suffolk precincts will be voting in an Aug. 23 Republican primary election for their state Senate nominee.

Third district incumbent Thomas K. Norment Jr. is running for the nomination against challenger Mark C. Frechette. The Driver and Ebenezer precincts are the only precincts in Suffolk that are in the district, which also includes parts of Isle of Wight, James City, York and New Kent counties and stretches all the way to the northern border of King and Queen County.

Norment has been in the Virginia Senate since 1992. He was born in Richmond and graduated from James Blair High School in Richmond. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Virginia Military Institute and a Juris Doctor degree at Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. He is an attorney with Kaufman & Canoles.

Frechette trained at Fort Eustis in 1987 for the U.S. army, when came back in July 2003 for his final tour of active duty. He now lives in Hayes in Gloucester County. He received Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from the Newport News campus of Strayer University.

According to Norment’s campaign website, he has been a member of the Courts of Justice, Finance, Rules, Commerce and Labor committees. He also touts legislation to crack down on sexual predators and ensure funding for public colleges and universities. He is the current minority leader.

According to Frechette’s campaign website, he supports a 5-percent flat income tax, eliminating legalized abortion, term limits, limiting federal influence in education and creating more public-private partnerships for transportation projects. He lists himself on his Facebook page as a “Tea Party Republican.”

Norment’s campaign website is www.senatornorment.com.

Frechette’s campaign website is www.frechette4senate.com.