A second candidate, an independent from Arlington, is looking to unseat 30-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Dist. 10) in November.
Kevin Chisholm, an engineer by trade and three-decade resident of Northern Virginia, said he’s running for Congress because he’s “frustrated with its inaction.”
“And that includes Mr. Wolf,” Chisholm said. “Incumbency is a huge problem with our Congress. We get people who are just really good self-promoters and don’t do what’s best for their district.”
A 55-year-old who previously ran for the Arlington County Board as a member of the Green Party, Chisholm listed reducing the federal deficit, drawing down our foreign military presence and developing a more secure energy policy as his main focuses.
“I want to see the Federal government put on a long term, steady diet to restore America’s fiscal health,” Chisholm writes on his campaign website. “Having lived in this town for 30 years, I can give testimony to the inefficiencies and wastefulness of government. It starts with many overpaid, under-performing bureaucrats and includes employees that just don’t perform.”
Chisholm labels himself a “fiscally conservative progressive” and a “Jeffersonian.” He believes matters such as transportation, roads and infrastructure are best left to state and local officials, he said.
America’s debt, currently sitting at more than $15 trillion, has compromised its position as an international leader.
“It’s not just about money, it’s about resources,” Chisholm said. “We can’t keep kicking the can down the road. We can’t pass these problems on to our children.”
Originally from Albany, N.Y., Chisholm is married with two daughters.
In April, Kristin Cabral, a Democrat from McLean, announced she’ll contest Wolf from the established left.
Virginia’s 10th Congressional District currently includes Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick counties, the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Winchester, and large portions of Fairfax and Prince William counties. In 2010, Wolf defeated Democrat Jeff Barnett by taking 63 percent of the vote. Barnett garnered 35 percent, while Libertarian Bill Redpath took just 2 percent.