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    John Bell to replace Jack Tiwari for Democrats in 87th District

    Virginia's 87th House of Delegates District continues its years-long streak of being one of the most intriguing House contests in the state.

    This afternoon, previously announced Democrat Jack Tiwari said he is ending his campaign for the 87th District seat, and John Bell, the Democrat who sought a House seat in 2009 and 2013, will take Tiwari's place.

    Tiwari said pressing family matters and his role as the president of the America-Nepal Society contributed to the decision.

    “It would be very hard for me to run a campaign while many of my friends and family are focused on rebuilding Nepal,” Tiwari said in a prepared statement.

    Current 87th District Del. David Ramadan, who is in his second term, surprised political watchers earlier this year when he announced he wasn't seeking re-election.

    Bell lost to Ramadan by less than 200 votes out of more than 20,000 cast in 2013. In 2009, before redistricting, Bell ran in the House's 13th District against Del. Bob Marshall. Bell lost that election by nearly 23 percent.

    Bell offered a quick thanks to Tiwari in the House Democratic Caucus' news release.

    “Jack Tiwari is a dedicated leader and I greatly appreciate him being willing to step forward and run,” Bell said. “I know that Jack has a bright future in our community and I look forward to working with him.”

    Republicans, meanwhile, have remained tight-lipped about who they're likely to put up to succeed Ramadan.

    The 87th District covers portions of eastern Loudoun County, Dulles and south into Prince William County. In addition to the tight margin in 2013, Ramadan won the 2011 race by just 51 votes out of more than 10,000 cast.

    Contact the writer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or on Twitter at @TrevorBaratko.

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