Del. Michael Futrell (D-Prince William) plans to give up his seat in the House of Delegates to run for the state Senate district represented by retiring state Sen. Chuck Colgan (D-Prince William) next year.
He joins Atif Qarni and Jeremy McPike in the primary for a seat that has not been open in 30 years.
In an e-mail to supporters, Futrell cited the possibility of Medicaid expansion as the impetus for his campaign.
Futrell, a pharmaceutical salesman and founder of a nonprofit organization, narrowly won his House seat just last year despite being massively outspent by his Republican rival and facing a controversy over his nonprofit’s failure to file tax returns.
Both his potential primary opponents can likewise tout strong 2013 performances in this politically unpredictable Washington exurb. Qarni, a middle school math teacher and former Marine, came within 500 votes of defeating Del. Robert Marshall (R-Prince William) last year. McPike lost by even an even narrower margin to Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William).
No Republican candidate has yet announced a campaign.
Redistricting has since made the district more Democratic, and voters there have favored Democrats in the last Senate, gubernatorial, and presidential races. However, an off-year local election could be more of a challenge.