Former Leesburg Planning Commissioner Nick Clemente will be seeking the Republican nomination for the 10th District House of Delegates seat that is held Del. Wendy Gooditis (D).
The 10th House District encompasses parts of Loudoun, Clark and Frederick counties.
Clemente said in his campaign announcement that the COVID-19 pandemic is the main reason behind his announcement.
“I am running because all of our children are struggling due to the COVID pandemic. However, children with learning disabilities, those who lack access to the internet, minorities and kids living below the poverty line are falling behind their peers at a drastic rate,” Clemente said.
He added, “Growing up with dyslexia, I know the real-life consequences of falling behind and the negative effects it can have on one’s self esteem. Now more than ever we need to put politics aside, and find solutions to ensure that all children are provided with the best in educational opportunities.”
Clemente serves as the current membership director for the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. He is also a member of the Potomac Valley Officiating Association, primarily working youth basketball and softball games.
As part of his platform, Clemente said he wants to find ways to help with the pandemic recovery and continue to improve education opportunities and transportation for constituents in the 10th House of Delegates District.
Clemente said he’s “a problem solver,” a “coalition builder” and intends to connect with voters and listen to their ideas and concerns throughout his campaign.
Gooditis is in her second term as a state delegate. She defeated former state Del. Randy Minchew (R) by 3.9 percentage points in 2017 and 4.7 points in 2019.
Gooditis has not announced if she is seeking re-election, but sources familiar with her plans say she is expected to seek another term.