Former state Del. Randy Minchew made it official Friday, announcing his campaign to reclaim the Virginia House of Delegates 10th District seat.
Minchew, a Republican, was known in political circles to be considering a campaign for his old seat, which represents most of Leesburg and portions of western Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick counties.
“Virginians deserve better than the national embarrassment on display this week,” Minchew said in his campaign announcement, referring to the scandals involving Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, Attorney General Mark Herring and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. “That is not the Virginia I know and love, we must do better … I will fight for more jobs, less congestion on our roads, and a world-class education for our all of our students.”
Minchew was defeated by Del. Wendy Gooditis (D) by nearly 4 percent of the vote – roughly 1,100 votes – in 2017.
Regarding the current political turmoil noted in Minchew's announcement, the candidate said he believes Northam should step down because he believes the governor has lost the confidence of the people to effectively govern the state. The governor is under fire for a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook. Northam first apologized for appearing in the photo, but he then said it wasn't him. He has resisted widespread calls for his resignation.
On the sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Fairfax, Minchew said he finds the claims against the lieutenant governor “very credible,” but he also believes due process should be afforded to Fairfax. He said he hopes investigations into the allegations bear out the facts.
Minchew said he believes Herring, who has admitted to wearing blackface while dressing up as a rapper in college, can stay in his position because was proactive in disclosing a “youthful indiscretion of insidious racism.” Minchew believes Herring can still effectively do his job, and he noted many African-American organizations are still supporting the attorney general.
On his campaign website, Minchew touts his support of and role in crafting the 2013 state transportation funding overhaul that has led to more money for northern Virginia transportation projects.
The Republican also highlighted his support for increased solar energy production and agricultural net metering with regards to solar. Net metering essentially allows excess solar production from one meter, building or “solar farm” to be credited to another. Minchew's solar proposals have also included allowing credits for people whose solar farms create more energy than the operator uses.
Should he be elected, Minchew said he'd like to continue fighting for “bread-and-butter, kitchen table” issues like pay raises for teachers, low taxes and more funding for northern Virginia roads. He also said he'd like to strengthen the commonwealth's Freedom of Information Act laws.
Minchew's 2017 loss to Gooditis was credited in part to the anti-Donald Trump backlash in Loudoun County. Minchew told the Times-Mirror he's well aware of the president's unpopularity in Loudoun, but that he's a “very different” Republican than President Trump.
A longtime Leesburg resident, Minchew is managing shareholder of the land-use law firm Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh's Loudoun office.