The race for the upcoming election to replace Representative Jennifer Wexton in Northern Virginia is beginning to heat up, as more and more candidates enter the fray. With the district containing parts of Fairfax and Loudoun counties, the contest is sure to be an interesting one.
The front runner for the Democratic nomination seems to be Dan Helmer, a former combat veteran and current Senior Managing Partner at a D.C. private equity firm. He has received the endorsement of several Democratic organizations, including the Fairfax County Democratic Committee and the Washington Post. In addition, the powerful Democratic Women of Northern Virginia have also thrown their support behind him.
On the other hand, the Republican candidate has yet to be determined. There are currently five candidates vying for the nomination – Caren Merrick, a businesswoman and advocate for women’s issues; Gailaseh Lavi, a former Army Intelligence officer and current policy analyst; Lisa Stone, a former senior advisor to Rep. Wexton; Susan Threadgill, a home-schooling advocate; and Jeff Jordan, a retired Air Force colonel. All five candidates are campaigning on issues such as fiscal responsibility, job growth, and national security.
The race for the nomination is sure to be a contentious one, and the outcome will likely depend on who can rally the most voters in the area. In addition to tussling over issues, the candidates will also surely be attempting to highlight their differences in order to differentiate themselves from their opponents.
Whomever wins the party nomination will have the support of both Republican and Democratic voters, making the election for the seat of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District an exciting one to watch. As the race continues to heat up, it will be interesting to see who will emerge as the ultimate victor.