Air Force veteran and Prince William area community activist Carl Genthner plans to seek the Democratic nomination to vie for Del. Robert G. Marshall’s seat this fall.

“There are many challenges facing the Commonwealth of Virginia that Bob Marshall hasn’t adequately addressed,” Genthner said. “We need real solutions to come out of Richmond.”

If elected, Genthner said he will look for better ways to address transportation, public education and economic growth.

Although Marshall (R-Prince William) is one of a handful of Republicans who have toyed with the idea of running for Sen. James Webb’s seat, which will be open in 2012, he said he will seek reelection for the 13th District House seat. Marshall said he will decide at a later date whether he will seek a United States Senate seat. His priority now is to get reelected, he said.

A New York native, Genthner spent 20 years with the Air Force before spending another 20-plus years as a contractor for the Navy. Earlier in the year, Genthner said he was going to vie for Prince William Supervisor John T. Stirrup’s (R-Gainesville) seat.

Genthner founded the Gainesville Group in 2008 as a way to explore issues that impact the Gainesville community, the county and the state, according to the group’s Web site. He is also active in other groups including Rotary, the Kiwanis club and the Blue Ridge Assistance Dogs.

Genthner resides with his wife, June, in Gainesville. The couple have been married seven years, and between their blended families have seven children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.