For the second time in less than a week, a local Democrat has announced plans to challenge one of Loudoun County’s Republican representatives in the House of Delegates in the 2013 state election.
John Bell, a South Riding resident, will vie for the 87th District seat, currently held by first-term Del. David Ramadan, a Republican. Bell challenged Del. Bob Marshall in the House of Delegates’ 13th District in 2009 election, losing the race with 39 percent of the vote. The 13th District has since been pushed out of Loudoun County through redistricting.
The 87th District now covers portions of Loudoun and Prince William counties.
Bell is a retired member of the U.S. Air Force, serving for 25 years before retiring in 2007 as a major. Bell’s Air Force career as a finance officer included tours in Southwest Asia during war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bell and his wife Margaret have five children. The candidate has volunteered as head tennis coach for the Freedom High School varsity boys program since 2008.
Currently, all seven members of the Virginia House of Delegates representing portions of Loudoun County are Republicans. On Jan. 4, Monte Johnson, a 31-year-old Ashburn resident, filed paperwork to challenge state Del. Randy Minchew (R-10th) in November’s off-year election. It is Johnson’s first bid for public office.
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