Republican primaries are rare here in the Shenandoah Valley. Yes, there are notable exceptions, most recently Karen Kwiatkowski’s run against Representative Bob Goodlatte in 2012, but, in general, they do not happen…except in the case of an open seat caused by a retiring incumbent.
Well, today’s news bucks that trend.
According to an email from Delegate Steve Landes of Augusta County, he will be facing a challenger for the GOP nomination for the 25th district House of Delegates seat, a position Delegate Landes has held since 1995. Today’s Landes campaign email begins “We have JUST gotten the news that Delegate Landes will be opposed for his seat in the Republican nomination…” Unfortunately, the email makes no mention of the name of Landes’ opponent, but one would assume that this information will be made public soon.
With deadlines to run for the GOP nod fast approaching, one does have to wonder if more candidates will emerge to contest the valley delegation. For example, given some of his more surprising votes in the 2013 General Assembly session, a handful of organizations and individuals have asked me over the last several weeks if I would be interested in challenging my delegate, Tony Wilt (R-26). Although I have been disappointed by quite a few his actions lately, I declined this idea.
At this point it is difficult to say whether Landes will be the only delegate with a Republican challenger or is one of several. Either way, the 2013 elections have just gotten a bit more interesting here in the Shenandoah Valley.