On Saturday, via Facebook, Delegate Jimmie Massie of Henrico announced he will not seek re-election for his 6th term in the House of Delegates, 72nd district. Massie is a very popular candidate having run unopposed in his last 4 elections. From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
“After a tremendous amount of prayer, numerous consultations and deep thought, I have decided not to seek re-election this year,” Massie wrote. “This was a very tough decision!”
“I really don’t know what the fourth quarter will hold,” Massie said. “I do not have any specific plans at this time. I’m going to take some time off and keep my options open and evaluate all my options.”
There has been speculation that Massie might seek the Republican nomination for Senate next year to run against Democrat Senator Tim Kaine. In the recent Presidential contest, Hillary Clinton carried Massie’s district by less than 2,000 votes.
Eddie Whitlock an attorney and chairman of the Henrico County Republican Committee announced on Facebook he will run to replace Massie:
It was with great surprise that I learned today that Delegate Jimmie Massie (House District 72) will not be seeking re-election to the Virginia General Assembly. We will surely miss his conservative principles and his advocacy for school choice. Those who know me know that I have a passion to serve. After consultation with my wife and family, I have decided to seek the Republican nomination for this seat. The Republican nominee will be chosen by Primary on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Those familiar with the process know that there is much work to be done between now and then. I humbly ask for your prayers and your support. I welcome a discussion of those issues that matter to us all. Eddie.
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