Repost from The Virginia Star.
Governor Glenn Youngkin selected Chesterfield Electoral Board member Susan Beals to serve as his commissioner of the Department of Elections. The Friday announcement led to initial alarm from some Democrats, since Beals worked as an aide for Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield), who has been outspoken in highlighting alleged irregularities in the 2020 presidential election in Virginia. However, Chase said she’s disappointed by the appointment, and Senate Privileges and Elections Chair Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) sounds open-minded about Beals.
“While I congratulate Susan on her appointment, it’s a huge disappointment to those of us who have spent countless hours investigating the irregularities that occurred in the 2020 presidential election,” Chase said in a statement sent to The Virginia Star. “At a recent Chesterfield GOP meeting, Susan denied any election irregularities and did not support a resolution calling for a full forensic audit that was being presented by members of the committee. This is a travesty and I do not support her position.”
The Privileges and Elections Committee is an important stop for appointment confirmations in the Senate, and Ebbin, who has helped block some Youngkin appointments, said Beals’ confirmation will probably be considered next January.
“While it certainly raises an eyebrow if someone is affiliated with Senator Chase, Ms. Beals seems to have a breadth of experience and we’ll look forward to evaluating her experience at the Board of Elections along with her views and records, and talk with people familiar with her before we make any judgments about her,” Ebbin told The Star.
“I think the fact that she’s been involved in Virginia elections as a member of the Chesterfield Electoral Board could be helpful to a commissioner in that role, and I look forward to finding about how her work went in Chesterfield,” he said.
Beals said in a statement, “I am committed to promoting and supporting secure, accurate, open and fair elections in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I will strive to meet the goals of the department’s strategic plan which seek to increase voter confidence in the election process and strengthen the security of the Commonwealth’s elections.”
Chase said that Beals worked for her during one term in 2015 and 2016. According to Beals’ biography provided by the Youngkin administration, in 2019 and 2021, she served as chair of the Chesterfield Electoral Board, and as secretary from 2021 through 2022. After that, she served as Director of the Office of Constituent Services for Governor Glenn Youngkin.