If you endeavor to unseat a three-decade incumbent congressman, you might as well get in the race early.
That's what Democrat Sam Kubba, a Leesburg architect, has done in his bid to defeat U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.-10) in the 2014 election. Kubba, a first-generation American who has lived in Northern Virginia for 14 years, has already spent the first half of 2013 organizing his campaign and spreading his message.
“I am running for the United States Congress because I strongly believe that Virginia is headed in a wrong direction,” Kubba said. “The corrosive effect of partisan politics, fueled by money and special interests, is having a debilitating effect on our nation, our state, and our priorities.”
Kubba is the CEO of Kubba Enterprises, his property development firm. According to his campaign website, he previously served on the Advisory Board of the Virginia Task Force for Business Development with Iraq, which was set up by Gov. Mark Warner (D) to assist Virginia corporations in landing work work in Iraq.
A member of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee, Kubba has authored 15 books on architecture, interior design, sustainability and poetry, his website states.
“My views are straightforward,” Kubba said, “I am committed to restoring fiscal balance, ensuring the security of America’s seniors by protecting Social Security and Medicare and protecting a woman’s right to choose.”
Kubba said he will “be tough on gun control” and work to make Virginia “the culture capital in the nation” by bringing museums, cultural centers and art galleries to the commonwealth.
Few political observers would argue that Kubba has a challenging road ahead. Wolf was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives the same year Ronald Reagan won the presidency, 1980. Since then Wolf's routinely won reelection by 20 or more percentage points.
The Virginia 10th Congressional District currently includes Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick counties, the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Winchester, and large portions of Fairfax and Prince William counties.