A local Democrat has announced plans to challenge one member of Loudoun County’s Republican-dominated delegation in Richmond.
Monte Johnson, a 31-year-old Ashburn resident, plans to file paperwork today to challenge state Del. Randy Minchew (R-10th) in November’s off-year election. It is Johnson’s first bid for public office.
A senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, Johnson graduated from William and Mary College in 2004 with a degree in public policy.
“I want to implement policy that improves our district for long term success instead of bogging us down in shortsighted partisanship,” Johnson told the Times-Mirror. “Our government can’t be bogged down by ideological agendas of any persuasion - local representatives need to work for the interests of their constituents.”
The Democrat listed “transportation, education and smart, strategic growth” as pressing issues for the district and Northern Virginia.
“Our biggest challenge here in the 10th District is managing growth effectively. Of course, we always want to attract businesses here, and new developments often have positive effects on the economy, but maintaining the area’s natural beauty is critical. We need to balance these dynamics and ensure that we’re staying competitive while maintaining a community in which people want to live and work,” Johnson said.
The candidate and has wife Jackie have been married since 2010. In 2012, Johnson chaired Loudoun County’s African Americans for Obama group. He attends McLean Bible Church, where he has taught children’s bible study. He also volunteers at the Leesburg cold weather shelter.
Currently, all seven members of the Virginia House of Delegates representing portions of Loudoun County are Republicans. Minchew will start the second and final year of his first term when the General Assembly convenes Jan. 9.
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