Sen. Tom Garrett won an intraparty endurance contest for the 5th Congressional District Republican nomination.
The decision came Saturday evening after a three-ballot battle of attrition starting at 11 a.m.
Charlottesville-area technology executive Michael Del Rosso was the last to fall at Nelson County High School where 856 district Republicans elected their nominee by convention to face former Albemarle County supervisor Jane Dittmar, a Democrat.
The decision by three-term Rep. Robert Hurt to not seek re-election has created an opening in Virginia’s Republican-tilted 5th U.S. House District — once occupied by James Madison — that four men are eager to occupy in 2017.
State Sen. Thomas A. Garrett, R-Buckingham, a former prosecutor; Bedford businessman and developer Jim McKelvey; Navy veteran and former Capitol Hill staffer Joe Whited; and Albemarle County-based tech executive Michael Del Rosso are vying for the GOP nomination.
Despite his campaign committee owning the rights to garrettforgovernor.com until the end of 2017, Sen. Tom Garrett vowed he will not seek the commonwealth’s highest office in the next election.
Garrett, R-Buckingham, who is running for Congress, said in an interview Thursday he was gearing up for a gubernatorial run when U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt said he would not seek re-election to the 5th Congressional District. “Unequivocally and without a doubt … we’re not doing that,” Garrett said, referring to the now abandoned run for governor. Regardless of whether he wins or loses his congressional bid, he said he won’t change his mind.
The Joseph Whited congressional campaign filed the late campaign finance report due to the Federal Election Commission within the grace period, today.
The campaign turned in the report (Friday) for April 1 through April 24 due ahead of the 5th Congressional District Republican Convention May 14 in Nelson County.
Joseph Whited, a Republican candidate for the 5th Congressional District seat, missed a reporting deadline with the Federal Election Commission this week.
Three of the four Republican candidates running for outgoing Rep. Robert Hurt’s 5th Congressional District seat debated hot-button issues Wednesday evening in Charlottesville.
Before about 250 spectators in Lane Auditorium at the Albemarle County Office Building, Jim McKelvey, Michael Del Rosso and Joe Whited talked national security, taxes, health care and the federal debt.
And then there were four.
Republican Andrew Griffin, one of five GOP candidates seeking the party nomination to the 5th Congressional District seat to replace retiring GOP Rep. Robert Hurt, has withdrawn from the race.
Republican leaders in Virginia’s 5th District will be picking between five candidates for their party nomination in this year’s congressional election.
The district’s Republican committee came together Saturday at the DoubleTree Hotel in Albemarle County to discuss whether this year’s nomination would be chosen by convention or an open primary.
The committee voted 19 to 16 in favor of a convention.
A fifth Republican candidate has entered the race for the state’s 5th Congressional District seat.
Andrew Griffin, of Lynchburg, announced Thursday that he will be looking to replace Robert Hurt, R-Chatham, who previously announced that he would be retiring at the end of his current term next year.
Andrew Griffin announced his candidacy for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District in a news release Thursday.
“As a former Congressional staffer, a millennial, and a lifelong Virginian, I have a unique perspective that has compelled me to step forward at a time when this country needs a new generation of leadership to promote fresh ideas for an under-represented voice in Congress,” Griffin said in the release.