Mike Clancy, a business and community leader, has announced he is running for the 10th Congressional District seat currently held by incumbent Jennifer Wexton (D), according to a Jan.3 statement.
“The current outgoing Democrat is leading a radical, extreme, irresponsible and confrontational agenda,” Clancy said in a prepared statement. “This program is bad for Virginia and bad for America. It’s time to change. I will bring sensible and fiscally responsible leadership to Congress. “
Clancy joins a group of Republican nominees including John Beatty, Loudoun County School Board member, Theresa Coates Ellis, small business owner, Jeanine Lawson, Prince William County watchdog, co-founder at Loudoun County nonprofit Caleb Max and Army veteran Paul Kinny Lott Sr., according to federal records.
Clay Percle has withdrawn his candidacy, according to an ad posted on his campaign website.
Clancy, director of a global information technology company, said one of his top priorities is to focus on education “so that all students at all levels have the opportunity to excel.”
In addition, he said he supported “widening the choice of schools”, ensuring safe schools and parental engagement; and providing an educational program focused on core academic subjects to prepare students for a competitive global economy.
Clancy said he has volunteered his time and held leadership positions on education issues, food aid programs, affordable housing, state and county budgets and tax matters, and first responder support programs; and as a coach and league commissioner for youth sports for the past 20 years.
Additionally, he is part of Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin’s Technology and Cyber Security Transition Team.
He said he would bring sensible and fiscally responsible leadership to Congress.
“We need to energize free enterprise, promote small businesses, ensure equality of opportunity and end discriminatory government and education programs that divide,” Clancy said.
“We must protect our fundamental constitutional principle of free speech against government, corporate, academic and high tech censorship,” he said. “There is a lot of work to be done. Unite, unite and work together for Virginia and for American exceptionalism. “
Last year Wexton won a second term, beating Republican candidate Aliscia Andrews with 56.5% of the total vote.
The Democrat won her first term in Congress in 2018 winning 56.1% of the vote against 43.7% of outgoing Republican Barbara Comstock.
Last month, the Virginia Supreme Court released new maps of the legislative district, including the 10th Congressional District.
The redesigned district lost Clarke and Frederick counties, both of which backed the Republican candidate in the last three presidential elections.
Additionally, the district has lost the independent city of Winchester – which has supported the Democratic candidate in the last three election cycles – as well as much of Fairfax County, a county which has strongly favored the Democratic candidate in recent years. presidential elections.
The district won the counties of Rappahannock and Fauquier, both of which favored Donald Trump (R) over Joe Biden (D) in the 2020 presidential election.
The reshuffle of the cards takes place every ten years. The tribunal was asked to redraw the maps after a bipartisan redistribution commission failed to agree on maps for Congress or the General Assembly.