Del. Barbara Comstock (R-Dist. 34) made her rumored run for Congress official Tuesday morning.
“I am running for Congress because I believe my strong record as a common-sense conservative leader is what is needed in Congress,” Comstock said in a released statement. “Common sense isn’t very common in Congress today, but in the state legislature, we have to operate within budget limits and produce results. I will bring that skill to Congress.”
Comstock is seeking the Republican Party nomination for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. Last month, longtime U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R) announced that he would not seek re-election.
Comstock was just elected to her third term in the Virginia House of Delegates in November, winning by a 1.4 percent margin in the always contentious swing district, which encompasses most of McLean and Great Falls, as well as portions of eastern Loudoun County.
She was first elected in 2009, unseating a one-term Democrat, Margaret Vanderhye, by a similar margin. Comstock is also a former aide to Wolf.
In a message to supporters, Comstock said that, if elected to Congress, she would work to repeal the Affordable Care Act and lower taxes. She also would make national security a priority and “protect the U.S. Constitution and stand up for our shared common sense conservative values,” her letter states.
“I have a demonstrated record of winning important legislative victories for Northern Virginians as well as winning hard fought, principled elections,” she said in a released statement. “I will be a tireless advocate for one of the most vibrant and diverse communities in the Commonwealth and I will demand and work hard for common sense results.”
Reality television personality and former winery owner Tareq Salahi is the only other officially declared Republican candidate for the 10th District.
Three Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination: Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, attorney Richard Bolger and architect Sam Kubba.