Since Karen Kwiatkowski was the first person to challenge Representative Bob Goodlatte for the Republican nomination for Virginia’s sixth district back in the 2012 elections, conservatives and libertarians in the Shenandoah Valley have wondered when or if Mr. Goodlatte would face another interparty contest. In 2014, Paul Bevington attempted to seek the nod but fell short of the signature requirement to make the ballot.
Well, today Harry Griego of Roanoke issued a press release announcing his candidacy. Mr. Griego recently ran for office in 2015, opposing Delegate Chris Head for the Republican nomination in the 17th district and garnered over 47% of the vote.
According to the press release, Harry Griego states, “over and over again voters told me they were unhappy with the lack of leadership and the failure of Republican officials to vote and fight for the Republican principles they campaign on.” As a hint of his possible campaign issues, he mentions, “an end to the expansion of the budget and the crippling national debt. They want the border secured.”
Will 2016 mark the end of the Goodlatte era of Shenandoah Valley politics that began after the 1992 elections? Or will Bob Goodlatte fend off this challenge? Hopefully, this primary will make for some interesting times in the 6th district.