Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust announced Dec. 10 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.
Speaking of his experience as a Fairfax County supervisor, Foust said he has helped balance “six budgets while still delivering quality services to residents” and “expanding full day kindergarten county‐wide.”
“In Fairfax I [have] brought Republicans and Democrats together, worked hard, and got results,” Foust said, “and it’s exactly this problem solving leadership that I’ll bring to Congress.”
The 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee is likely to 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.
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.
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 seemed to play both sides of the 2013 shutdown. He voted with all but two of his Republican colleagues on the House measure that led to the government stoppage, yet he advocated avoiding a shutdown over the Affordable Care Act.
Following the shutdown, Wolf was in the minority of House Republicans calling for Congress to pass a general funding bill not tied to President Barack Obama's health care law.
This story has been updated from an earlier version.