Hung Cao

Hung Cao is the Republican nominee running for Congress on Nov. 8.

Hung Cao, a retired Navy Captain, has received the Republican nomination and will run in November for the 10th Congressional District seat held by incumbent and Democratic nominee Jennifer Wexton, according to campaign and party officials.

Cao was elected the nominee from a pool of 11 candidates in Saturday’s Firehouse Primary including top fundraiser and Prince William County Supervisors Jeanine Lawson.

“I’m honored to have earned the Republican nomination,” Cao tweeted on Sunday. “Virginia sent a clear message when they elected Glenn Youngkin to lead our state in Richmond, and now, we are ready to send another message by electing a common-sense conservative outsider to represent [Virginia’s 10th District] in Washington.”

Cao resides in Purcellville along with his wife, April. They have five children.

Cao is a refugee from Vietnam and immigrant to the United States, according to his campaign website. Hung’s family escaped in 1975 shortly before the fall of Saigon.

He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and shortly afterwards joined the United States Navy, his campaign stated. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, campaign officials said he served as a deep sea diver and explosive ordnance disposal officer.

Cao’s non-combat assignments included balancing the Navy’s $140 Billion budget at the Pentagon, writing Department of Defense policy, working with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Diego California, establishing a Sheriff’s bomb squad in Monterey, California, and participating in humanitarian and disaster relief in Pakistan, according to his campaign.

In his private time, Cao has served multiple non-profit organizations and gone on mission trips around the world, according to his campaign. He and his family established a 501©3 which builds beeping Easter Eggs for children with visual impairments.

Last year, Cao retired shortly before the America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to his campaign, that resulted in the loss of 13 U.S. service members killed by bombs from the Islamic State during the evacuation of American personnel and Afghan refugees from the Kabul airport.

Cao connected the events to Saigon, which led him to run for Congress.

“Washington has forgotten that it works for the American people and needs a clear reminder, as Ronald Reagan said, that ‘we the people tell the government what to do; it doesn’t tell us,’” his campaign stated said in a prepared statement. “Hung believes that Virginia needs a representative who upholds the values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

As previously reported, the winner of the November contest will represent a changed district, which gained the counties of Rappahannock and Fauquier in their entireties, both of which favored Republican incumbent Donald Trump over Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

The district lost the counties of Clarke and Frederick, both of which supported the Republican candidate in the last three presidential elections, according to court records.

Additionally, the district lost the independent city of Winchester — which supported the Democratic candidate in the past three presidential election cycles — as well as large portions of Fairfax County, which has heavily favored the Democratic candidate in recent presidential elections.

“Congratulations to Hung Cao on winning the Republican nomination,” said Tom Emmer, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “Jennifer Wexton supports Democrats’ failed agenda that is shrinking parental rights, fueling inflation, and letting violent crime run rampant. Virginians will fire Wexton in November and elect Hung Cao.”

The November General Election includes races for the Leesburg and Broad Run School Board Member seats, and Towns of Hamilton, Hillsboro, Leesburg, Lovettsville and Purcellville.

The Virginia Supreme Court is still deciding whether to have elections included in November for the newly created district seats from the redrawn maps.

Loudoun County has two new districts based on the redrawn maps, including Districts 27 and 29. The 27th District encompasses parts of Loudoun including Dulles, Sterling, Potomac Falls and South Riding.

The newly created 29th district encompasses mostly Leesburg.

Cao is seeking to unseat Wexton, who is vying for third straight term, on Nov. 8.

“I’ve spent my career in public service working to improve the lives of the children and families in our community, and I am excited to continue sharing my record of bipartisan success delivering for my constituents throughout this reelection campaign,’ Wexton said in a prepared statement.

“I’ve fought hard during my time in Congress to help families and small businesses weather the COVID crisis, enact legislation to create good-paying jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure, deliver key federal investments for our district through my role on the Appropriations Committee, author bills to support victims of abuse and domestic violence, and hold the Chinese government accountable for their human rights atrocities,” she said.

“I look forward to continuing to travel around the new 10th District to meet with voters, listen to the needs of families, and speak to how crucial it is to defend this seat.”

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Maybe Wexton can get a small baby formula business to open in Loudoun County? Since she cares so much and supports a woman whose husband was just arrested for drunk driving in her own district in California.

J Smith

Once again, Republicans demonstrate that the they don’t care about the color of your skin, or your race, or your sex.

Republicans care about excellence and applaud it every time it is seen.

What a contrast to Democrats.

Hung Cao won not because of the color of his skin, or his race, or his sex. Republicans selected Mr. Cao because he was the best among a very talented set of 10 other candidates.

Let’s get someone who pursues excellence to represent us in Congress. Vote for Hung Cao, Republican, in November!


The Right Stuff goes to Congress!

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