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Republican runs for Marsden’s Senate seat

Republican Jason Flanary announced Friday that he will run for the state Senate seat held by Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax) in November.

“For several months, I have listened to my neighbors, local business owners, grass-roots volunteers and community leaders share with me their desire for the Fairfax community to have a state senator in Richmond with strong conservative values and a solid business background,’’ Flanary said in a statement. “I share your commonsense conservative principles of protecting our family values, cutting wasteful government spending and fighting against higher taxes.”

The Virginia native served as an aide to Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and Del. Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax). He was chief executive of a technology association and an executive for the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, and now serves as chief operating officer of a small business.

His announcement isn’t too much of a surprise since he’s had a Facebook page since last month. His campaign kickoff is scheduled for April 10.

Marsden won the Senate seat in a special election after then-Sen. Ken Cuccinelli was elected attorney general. The man Marsden defeated, Republican Steve Hunt, has also announced that he wants to run again.

Legislators have yet to determine what the 37th Senate district will look like as they embark on a once-every-10-years redistricting process.


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