Republicans Announce Runs For 33rd District Senate Seat
November 26, 2013
Two more Republicans have formally announced plans to run for the 33rd District Senate seat, following the final vote tally in the attorney general’s race that Monday named Loudoun County Democratic state Sen. Mark R. Herring the victor.
This morning, 24-year-old Herndon resident Ron Meyer announced his intent to run for the GOP nomination for the seat. His announcement comes shortly after John Whitbeck, Republican chairman of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, made public his hopes to be the party’s nominee during Monday night’s Loudoun County Republican Committee meeting.
Meyer is considered a GOP rising star, often acting as a conservative analyst on Fox News. He made headlines earlier this year when the Republican, just a few years out of college, announced his intent to challenge Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11).
In a statement released today, Meyer said he is putting his campaign for Congress on hold to run for Herring’s Senate seat.
“I have received scores of calls and encouraging emails from grassroots Republicans all over the district saying that we must start now to elect an energetic, commonsense conservative that will unite the party and take back a seat that the Democratic Party has held for far too long,” Meyer stated. “It is critical that Republicans win the majority in the State Senate to continue the progress that has been made in Virginia in recent years.”
He described himself as a public relations professional and former spokesman for the Young America’s Foundation.
Meyer listed education reform, reducing taxes, job creation in “emerging technologies” and “commonsense checks-and-balances in Virginia government.”
Whitbeck is a Lansdowne resident and Leesburg attorney. In 2011, he ran for the 10th District House of Delegates seat and lost to Randy Minchew. He’s served as the GOP’s 10th Congressional District chairman since early 2012.
Del. Joe T. May (R-33), who lives south of Leesburg, told Leesburg Today two weeks ago he is strongly considering jumping in the ring for the Senate seat. May, who lives south of Leesburg, has represented the 33rd House of Delegates District for 20 years, but was defeated in the June primary by conservative Dave LaRock.
Republican leaders in the 33rd District have not yet decided how to select the party’s nominee for the seat, according to Loudoun County Republican Chairman Mark Sell. The district’s legislative committee meets next week to settled on whether to hold a mass meeting or a canvass.
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