With the filing deadline now passed, six Republicans will vie for the nomination to replace Virginia's 10th Congressional District congressman, Frank Wolf, who is stepping down after more than three decades in Washington.
The six candidates, according to 10th Congressional District Republican Committee Chairman John Whitbeck, are state Del. Barbara Comstock, who is viewed as the frontrunner by many party officials; well-known veteran state Del. Bob Marshall; Stephen Hollingshead, a former advisor in the Bush administration and former chief operating officer for Americans for Prosperity; Marc Savitt, a mortgage broker and president of the National Association of Independent Housing Professionals ; Rob Wasinger, a former chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback; and Howie Lind, a former chairman of the 10th Congressional District GOP Committee.
"We are very excited about the quality of these candidates and feel like we are in an excellent position to hold the 10th District Congressional seat in November regardless of who the Democrats nominate,” Whitbeck said in a prepared statement.
The Republican nominee will be decided through a party canvass, also known as a firehouse primary, on April 26. The GOP will hold its voting at 10 different locations around the district. More details on the party canvass can be found at VaGOP10.com.
Seeking the Democratic nomination are Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust and attorney Richard Bolger, also of Fairfax. Democrats will hold a convention April 26 rather than a firehouse primary or state-run primary.