Democrat Shawn Mitchell, an Iraq veteran and small-business owner in Loudoun County, will run for state Senate in a new Republican leaning district in Northern Virginia.

  “As your senator, I will work to cut through the politics and special interests that are hindering progress in Richmond and solve the real problems facing our community,’’ Mitchell said.

Mitchell stressed the need for better schools, more jobs and a relief to traffic congestion in the district, which includes Loudoun and Prince William counties.   

He is the president and owner of Modern Mechanical, an HVAC, plumbing, generator and solar business in Ashburn, which has grown to 14 employees and more than $1.5 million in revenue in less than two years. 

 Mitchell will face the winner of a three-way Republican primary between Prince William Republican Supervisor John Stirrup; former Loudoun delegate Dick Black and Prince William resident Bob FitzSimmonds, who made an unsuccessful run for the Senate in 2007.

The 13th Senate District is one of two new Senate districts this November. Democrats are trying to hold their razor-thin 22-to-18 majority in the chamber. They could look to the new seat, created by merging Republican Fred Quayle’s and Republican Harry Blevin’s seats in Hampton roads, as a place to possibly pick up ground in the Senate by snatching a seat from Republicans.