Culpepper county Republican Chairman Nick Freitas announced on Thursday evening that he will not challenge Senator Emmet Hanger next year for the Republican party nomination in Virginia’s conservative 24th Senate District.[read_more] Freitas is throwing his support behind former Augusta County Republican Chairman Dan Moxley. Moxley resigned as Chairman in September 2014.
Also in this race is conservative Marshall Pattie , a popular Supervisor representing the North River District of Augusta County. Marshall Pattie grew up in Fairfax County, the son of Kenton Pattie who was a very active volunteer in Fairfax County Public Schools and President of Fairfax County Council of PTAs. While Marshall Pattie grew up in Fairfax he spent much of his time on his grandparents’ farm in Stanton. Pattie family roots are deep in Augusta county, back to the 1700’s. Marshall Pattie was raised in a democrat family with a deep commitment to public service. Pattie spent a short time in the democrat party in Augusta before realizing that his views were quite conservative and much more aligned with republicans. He is pro life and pro traditional marriage as well as a fiscal conservative. The Bull Elephant previously reported on Mr. Pattie’s candidacy in the 24th district here. More on Marshall Pattie here.
Many Repubican voters in the conservative 24th district are looking forward to nominating a candidate other than Emmet Hanger in 2015. Emmet Hanger has represented the district since 1996 but has not been the conservative that many hoped for. He was one three Senate republicans supporting Governor McAuliffe’s plan for medicaid expansion in Virginia.