Two potential local candidates opt not to run for seat in U.S. House

Posted: February 20, 2014

The Winchester Star

Karen Schultz

WINCHESTER — Several candidates, including two from the city, have dropped out of the 10th District U.S. House race.

Since Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf announced in December that he will not seek an 18th term on Nov. 4, numerous candidates and potential candidates have emerged.

However, three made it known on Wednesday that they will not run.

Shenandoah University professor Karen Kennedy Schultz confirmed that she won’t seek the Democratic nomination at the party’s April 26 convention.

“I will not be putting my name forward for consideration as a candidate for the 10th Congressional District of Virginia at this time,” Schultz said in an email. “I look forward to supporting civil discourse, a fair process, and electing the best possible candidate for leadership in the commonwealth.”

The 10th District lies between McLean and the West Virginia border in the northwestern corner or the state.

The other potential local candidate to drop out is Beau Correll, chairman of the Winchester Republican Committee.

“After a lot of consideration and raising a substantial amount of preliminary pledges, I decided to end an exploratory phase of a potential 10th District Congressional campaign,” he said. “Instead, I have chosen to focus on continuing to build a successful Winchester Republican Party and fighting other battles for conservative causes.”

Correll is also seeking re-election to the city committee’s chairmanship in about month.

Another Republican candidate, retired Air Force major and small-business owner Brent Anderson of Chantilly, also won’t seek his party’s nomination.

“I’ve decided to get out, and I’m going to put everything I have towards [Republican advisor] Stephen Hollingshead,” Anderson said. “He’s, in my opinion, more qualified than I am, but has the same platform, the same desires.”

Republicans will hold a party canvass on April 26 to choose their nominee in the race — conducting the election at designated polling sites throughout the district.

On the Democratic side, Leesburg architect Sam Kubba has also withdrawn from the race. He posted a letter on his campaign Facebook page on Tuesday.

That leaves John Foust, a Fairfax County supervisor, and attorney Richard Bolger as the known Democratic candidates.

Time remains for more Democrats to enter the race. The 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee on Tuesday approved a call to a convention laying out the rules for an April 26 gathering to nominate a candidate.

Those seeking the nomination must pay a $5,000 filing fee and submit a minimum of 1,000 backing signatures by March 11.

The convention will be made up of 300 delegates and 60 alternates, who will be selected at unassembled caucuses from March 29 through April 12, according to a news release from the district committee.

Other potential Republican candidates include: 13th District Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas; Frederick County Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Shickle; Clear Brook resident Marc Savitt, a business owner and advocate for the housing industry; Del. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean; Capitol Hill staff member Rob Wasinger; and Warren County resident/White House gate-crasher Tareq Salahi.

— Contact Sally Voth atsvoth@winchesterstar.com