This was predictable. Democrats are searching for a woman to take on Congresswoman Barbara Comstock in Virginia’s 10th district next year.[read_more]
The name we hear the most often is state Senator Jennifer Wexton of Leesburg. Leesburg is in the middle of the 10th district. However Jennifer Wexton has a tough fight this year against a popular Republican who has tremendous grassroots support, Stephen Hollingshead. When asked if she would run for Congress next year she responded she is “focused on the 33rd District”, as well she should be.
Another name that pops up is Delegate Kathleen Murphy who holds Comstock’s former seat in the House of Delegates. Murphy won in a special election earlier this year by a mere 326 votes in a race where her opponent Craig Parisot was underfunded. That won’t happen in the current race between Parisot and Murphy. Parisot will get the money he needs to challenge Murphy and it’s likely he will prevail. When asked about a run for Congress Murphy said “I have no plans to run for Congress”. Of course she doesn’t, until she does.
Other names mentioned as possible candidates against Comstock, (but seem highly unlikely), include Cathleen Magennis Wyatt, founder and President of “Journey through Hallowed Ground Partnership”, an historical preservation group, and Mayor Kristen Umstattd of Leesburg who is currently running to represent that district on the Loudoun Board of Supervisors.