Press release from the Freitas campaign:
Freitas Officially Announces Write-In Campaign
“The Delegate for the 30th District will be selected by the people, not bureaucrats in Richmond.”
Culpeper, VA – After the State Board of Elections refused to allow any Republican on the ballot in the 30th District on a party-line vote, Delegate Nick Freitas (R-30) officially announced today that he would mount a write-in campaign for the November election.
With the announcement of the write-in campaign, Delegate Freitas stated the following:
“I am incredibly disappointed in the decision by the Board of Elections to refuse access to the ballot for the Republican Party in the 30th District on a party-line vote. Their decision to not allow any Republican on the ballot means they are attempting to disenfranchise Republicans in the 30th and denying all voters in the district a choice this November. There is no way to read this choice by Governor Northam’s appointees as anything other than a partisan power grab at a time when control over the House of Delegates is up in the air.
“Because of this decision by the Democrats currently in charge in Richmond, today I am officially announcing that I am mounting a write-in campaign as the Republican nominee in the 30th District. Being the Republican nominee for the 30th District is not a responsibility that I take lightly, and so I am committed to running to hold this seat for the Republican Party. The conservative majority in the 30th deserves an advocate fighting for them in the General Assembly and does not deserve to be disenfranchised by Richmond bureaucrats.
“I know that there are a number of incredibly difficult races across the Commonwealth this year, and so I am also announcing that I will not ask for any financial help from the Republican Caucus for my campaign. Those dollars need to go to the races they were intended and I am committed that my campaign to retain this seat will not impede the efforts to elect other Republicans across Virginia. I look forward to the campaign ahead and vow to ensure that there is a conservative voice representing the 30th District in spite of the partisan politics stemming from Northam’s Board and Department of Elections.”
DISTRICT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The 30th District is made up of part of Culpeper County and all of Madison and Orange Counties. Delegate Freitas has represented the 30th District for the past four years, winning his last election with 62% of the vote despite being outspent nearly 2 to 1 by his Democratic opponent in a wave Democratic election year.