Second Fairfax County Democrat launches campaign to challenge Comstock
Helmer, who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he has raised $120,000 for the campaign in just three weeks. The 35-year-old West Point formally filed his candidacy on March 31, his campaign said.
“Our community deserves leaders who can rise above the dysfunction of Washington, bring people together, and get things done for the people of this district," Helmer said in a statement. "We need a new kind of leadership to ensure that we have a thriving economy, schools that provide a great education to all of our children, and a foreign policy that reflects our values and keeps us safe. We will need to roll up our sleeves and work together, and that requires first that we listen. I look forward to spending the coming weeks and months hearing from members of the community about what they want for our district and for our country.”
Fairfax County school teacher Kimberly Adams has already announced her intentions to challenge Comstock.
Several more well-established Democrats, including state Sen. Jennifer Wexton of Leesburg, are also considering running for the 10th District seat in 2018. The district's Democrats won't select a nominee until 2018.
Comstock won her first congressional race in 2014 by 16 percent over the vote over Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust. In last November's race, she defeated real estate developer LuAnn Bennett by six points.
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