House candidates will attend tea party event

Posted: March 11, 2014

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Tenth Congressional District voters will get a chance to hear from several of the candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives seat during an Apple Valley Tea Party meeting Thursday night.

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-10th, announced late last year that he wouldn’t seek an 18th term in the Nov. 4 election.

Republicans and Democrats are both picking nominees on April 26 — the former through a party canvass, and the latter at a convention.

There are two Democratic candidates seeking their party’s nomination: attorneys Richard Bolger, of Oak Hill, and John Foust, a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Six candidates are jostling for the Republican slot: Clear Brook resident Marc Savitt, a business owner and advocate for the housing industry; 34th District state Del. Barbara Comstock of McLean; 13th District state Del. Bob Marshall of Manassas; Capitol Hill staff member Rob Wasinger; Loudoun County conservative businessman Stephen Hollingshead and conservative activist and retired Navy officer Howie Lind.

Savitt, Marshall and Comstock will be at the tea party meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Frederick County Public Safety Building, 1080 Coverstone Drive, president Dody Stottlemyer said Monday.

“[We’re] probably going to give each about seven minutes to say something about themselves and then open it up for questions,” she said.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, and anyone can ask questions.

“Everybody’s just got to be respectful,” Stottlemyer said.

She said the tea party tries to get as many candidates as possible to their meetings, which are generally twice a month, but have been more frequent of late. Hollingshead and Lind have both already attended a meeting.

“I think it’s a very good avenue for [voters] to be able to find out about the candidates themselves and about their positions, and to decide who they wish to support, Stottlemyer said.

Residents who can’t make Thursday’s meeting will have a chance to hear the candidates’ views Saturday. All of the Republican candidates have been invited to attend a debate, sponsored by the 10th Congressional District Republican Committee, that begins at 4:30 p.m. at Millbrook High School, 251 First Woods Drive, off Berryville Pike (Va. 7).

— Contact Sally Voth at svoth@winchesterstar.com