Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust announced today a Democratic candidacy to challenge three-decade incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.-10th) in the 2014 election.
Foust joins two other Democrats, Fairfax lawyer Richard Bolger and Leesburg architect Sam Kubba, in a bid to unseat the veteran Republican.
The 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee will likely choose its candidate early in the summer of 2014. The nomination process – be it a primary or convention – hasn't yet been set.
Wolf first won his Northern Virginia seat in 1980, and the Republican hasn't had a single digit-margin contest in the general election since 1982.
As Bolger did in a radio ad earlier this year, Foust, in his announcement, called into question Wolf's leadership amid the government shutdown in October.
“When Congressman Frank Wolf shut down our nation’s government, it became clear just how out of touch Congressman Wolf’s dysfunctional agenda is with the values of Virginia families who want Congress to stop standing in the way of solutions at every turn,” said Foust.
Wolf, however, did not advocate shutting down the government over the Affordable Care Act. He was in the minority of congressional Republicans calling for Congress to pass a general funding bill not tied to President Barack Obama's health care law.
Foust has served on the Fairfax County board since 2008, prior to which he worked at several law firms in the Vienna and Tysons Corner area.