On Friday, Will Hammer of Staunton declared his intent to run for the Virginia House of Delegates for the 20th district. As mentioned in his announcement, he plans to be the Libertarian Party candidate. Also running is Delegate Dickie Bell of Staunton, the recently certified Republican candidate who has represented the 20th district since 2010. The 20th district includes the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro as well as Highland County and portions of Augusta and Nelson Counties.
Mr. Hammer, as some readers may recall, ran as the Libertarian Party candidate against Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-6) in the 2014 election cycle. To the best of my knowledge, he is the first ever Libertarian to run for House of Delegates in the Shenandoah Valley. One can find the official press release of his announcement on his website.
Unlike most districts in the Shenandoah Valley, the 20th has seen quite a few races lately, being contested in two of the last three election cycles with Erik Curran running under the Democratic banner in 2009 and Laura Kleiner doing likewise in 2011. However, so far, no Democratic candidate has announced this year and it is growing increasingly doubtful that anyone will do so.
On a lighter note, given their last names, I expect that we will see quite a few puns appear dealing with this race.