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Democrat announces challenge for Minchew’s 10th District seat

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.

Monte Johnson

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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@The BM - Either you know Mr. Johnson personally or you’re reading a different article, because I couldn’t ascertain any of your statements about him from this article.

As a member of a church, this cat is fine with abortion on demand and forcing religious groups to break with their own religious views in violation of the First Amendment? I don’t want him anywhere near Richmond. His guiding principles and his view of his religious beliefs is warped.

You are right oranges.  Looks like another folly by the local Democrats. 

This area may have gone “blue” during the last election, but it is hardly a Democrat stronghold. 

Putting up someone who led a campaign for Obama isn’t going to work.  You’d need someone who is a very moderate Democrat, without much of a tie to the President.  Obama is a lightning rod, good or bad, for people around here.  I’d say you’d be better off avoiding him. 

I really don’t get these local Dems.  They picked the right candidate once, when they had that retired USAF Colonel running against Wolf.  Before that, a Georgetown professor twice.  This time they had a lawyer from McLean.  Yeah, those two are really going to connect with Loudoun voters, especially when there is low turnout.  I think they’d be better off running Dave Butler again. 

Of course Minchew is turning out to be exactly what I thought he’d be.  A shill for development and standard bearer of the VA GOP party line when it comes to social issues.  Go on VPAP and see where Randy’s money came from, it was pretty clear from the start that he wouldn’t have much interest in the people of this district.  He is working for someone else.

Mr. Sanford you are probably correct but it would be nice to see some young super studs changeing things without the partisanship or the ties to big business.

Monte Johnson must not have received the Gerrymandering map of the 10th. His chances are somewhere between slim to none.

Seems like a nice enough fellow and I am sure R. Minchew is also. Instead of a democrat or a republican how about just the right person for the job. Minchew keeps whipping the same pony the river crossing until he is a dead horse and a afilation with Obama if you vote the party lines is not a suitable candidate either.

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