Republican 10th district chair Jo Thoburn has announced she will not run for a third term as Chair. She has chosen Andrew Nicholson of Clarke County to succeed her. Julie Williams, the current 10th district Vice Chairman, and former member of State Central Committee, will run for Nicholson’s seat on the SCC. Williams was also Vice Chair of the 10th district committee under John Whitbeck.
Today the 10th district issued this announcement:
Jo Thoburn, chairman of the Tenth Congressional District Republican Committee, has announced that she will not seek a third term as party chairman. Thoburn was first elected as chairman in 2015 to replace John Whitbeck when he became chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. As Thoburn’s term comes to an end, Thoburn will resign when the Tenth Congressional District Republican Committee picks her successor on January 18th.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Tenth Congressional District Republican Party Chairman. I am so very thankful for the support from my Republican friends across the tenth district who have placed their trust in me. It has been a pleasure to work with Congresswoman Barbara Comstock. Her exceptional leadership and commitment to Republican principles serve our district well. She will always have my continued support.”
Jo Thoburn has been a member of the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee for five years and has been elected and re-elected Chairman of the Tenth Congressional District Republican Committee. The Fairfax Christian School, where Thoburn serves as CEO, is opening a new campus in Dulles Virginia. The move and increasing enrollment will occupy her attention in the coming months.
“We so appreciate Jo’s years of leadership and success for the Republican Party,” said Congresswoman Comstock. “She was an integral part of so many winning elections while she simultaneously juggled all of her duties as a Mom and at the helm of The Fairfax Christian School, a growing academic institution that is currently undergoing a significant expansion that Jo is overseeing. We appreciate her dedicated leadership and appreciate that she has cultivated so many leaders in academia as well as politics.”
Comstock and Thoburn have asked State Central Committee member Andrew Nicholson to run for Chairman. Andrew is the former Clarke County Republican Committee chairman who currently serves on the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee. “Like Jo, Andrew has been a grassroots activist who has served in many roles for the party,” said Barbara Comstock. “We appreciate his willingness to step up to another leadership role.”
10th Congressional District Republican Committee