We know Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart, who came close to beating Ed Gillespie in a primary for Governor, is running for the Republican nomination for US Senate next year. He was the first one out of the gate back in July. Who else is running? According to the Washington Post E.W. Jackson, former candidate for Lt. Governor, will declare his intentions to run for Senate on Monday in Chesapeake Virginia.
Also considering a run is Ivan Raiklin, a former Green Beret who has lived in Virginia since 2004. John Norton Moore, a law professor at UVA and an expert in international law also intends to run for the Republican nomination. More on both of them here.
Conservatives are most excited about the possibility of a run for Senate by Delegate Nick Freitas. Freitas is also a former Green Beret who now lives in Culpeper. It is expected that he will announce his run for Senate at the Republican Advance on Friday night at the Homestead. Nick Freitas is a solid conservative from the 7th district who loves Virginia and his country. He has the laudable goal of wanting to reduce the size and scope of government in our lives. Yes, please. He would be a great candidate and a great Senator. The Nick Freitas story:
Which Senate candidates will be at the Advance? On Friday night the following individuals and groups will welcome Republicans from around the state to their hospitality suites:
- Bold Decisive Action Super PAC with Honored Guest – Ivan Raiklin, candidate for U.S. Senate 2018
- Ambassador John Norton Moore
- Americans for Prosperity
- Ben Cline
- Nick Freitas
- Conservative Response Team with Special Guest – Corey Stewart
Looking at the list we will have 4 candidates for Senate, Freitas, Stewart, Moore and Raikin. We will also have a candidate for Congress from the 6th district, Delegate Ben Cline, another stalwart conservative who will represent us well in Congress. And Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group fighting for economic prosperity for all through lower taxes and less government regulation. There is still time to get tickets for the Advance here.
The State Central Committee of the RPV has decided that next year’s method of nomination for Senate will be a primary.
More on a possible Senate run by Nick Freitas here.