Mike Clancy, a business and community leader, announced he is running for the 10th Congressional District seat currently held by incumbent Jennifer Wexton (D), according to a Jan. 3 release.
“The current Democrat incumbent is driving a radical, extreme, irresponsible, divisive agenda,” Clancy said in a prepared statement. “This agenda is wrong for Virginia and wrong for America. It is time for change. I will bring common-sense, fiscally responsible leadership to Congress.”
Clancy joins a field of candidates seeking the Republican nomination including Loudoun County School Board Member John Beatty, small business owner Theresa Coates Ellis, Prince William County Board of Supervisor Jeanine Lawson, non-profit co-founder Caleb Max from Loudoun County and Army veteran Paul Kinny Lott Sr., according to the federal records.
Clay Percle withdrew his candidacy, according to an announcement on his campaign website.
Clancy, a manager in global information technology company, said one of his key priorities is focusing on education “so that all students of all abilities have the opportunity to excel.”
Further, he said he supports “expanding school choice,” ensuring safe schools and parental engagement; and providing an educational program that is focused on core academic subjects to prepare students for a competitive global economy.
Clancy said he has volunteered his time and served in leadership positions on education issues, food assistance programs, affordable housing, state and county budget and tax issues, and programs to support first responders; and as a coach and league commissioner for youth sports over the past 20 years.
Additionally, he serves on Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin’s Technology and Cybersecurity Transition Team.
He said as he will bring common-sense, fiscally-responsible leadership to Congress.
“We must energize free enterprise, promote small businesses, ensure equal opportunity, and bring an end to divisive discriminatory government and educational programs,” Clancy said.
“We must protect our core Constitutional principle of free speech against government, corporate, academic and high-tech censorship,” he said. “There is much work to be done. Let us unite together, stand together, and work together for Virginia and for American exceptionalism.”
Last year, Wexton won a second term, defeating Republican nominee Aliscia Andrews with 56.5% of the total vote.
The Democrat won her first term in Congress in 2018 by claiming 56.1 percent of the vote to incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock’s 43.7%.
Last month, the Virginia Supreme Court released the newly drawn legislative district maps including the 10th Congressional District.
The redrawn district lost the counties of Clarke and Frederick, both of which supported the Republican candidate in the last three presidential elections.
Additionally, the district lost the independent city of Winchester — which supported the Democratic candidate in the past three election cycles — as well as large portions of Fairfax County, a county that has heavily favored the Democratic candidate in recent presidential elections.
The district gained the counties of Rappahannock and Fauquier, both of which favored Donald Trump (R) over Joe Biden (D) in the 2020 Presidential Election.
The redrawing of the maps occurs every decade. The court was asked to redraw the maps after a bipartisan redistricting commission failed to agree on maps for Congress or the General Assembly.