VIRGINIA

GOP to hold firehouse primary Saturday for nominee to replace Rep. Frank Wolf

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(AP/WJLA) - Republicans in parts of northern Virginia are headed to the polls to select a nominee for the House seat held by retiring Congressman Frank Wolf.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.)

Voters in Virginia's 10th Congressional District, which stretches from McLean through parts of Loudoun and Prince William counties and out to Winchester, are voting in a so-called "firehouse primary" at special polling sites Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Republican Party, rather than the State Board of Elections, is conducting the balloting.

Barbara Comstock, a former Wolf staffer who now represents McLean in the House of Delegates, is the front-runner, but several candidates have positioned themselves as a more conservative alternative, including Delegate Bob Marshall.

The winner will face Democrat John Foust in a race that is expected to receive national attention. Foust is the Fairfax County Supervisor for the Dranesville District,

 

Citizens wishing to vote in Saturday's Republican firehouse primary must sign a statement of intent, pledging to support the Republican candidate in the November election. The statement is available on the party committee's website.

Six candidates are vying for the nomination:

• Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean)

• Loudoun County businessman Stephen Hollingshead

• Retired Navy officer Howie Lind

• 13th District state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)

• Clear Brook businessman Marc Savitt

• Capitol Hill staffer Rob Wasinger

Only select polling places will be open for the firehouse primary, including:

• Berryville Primary School, Berryville, Va.

• Langley High School, McLean, Va.

• Centreville High School, Clifton. Va.

• Millbrook High School, Winchester, Va.

• Harmony Middle School, Hamilton, Va.

• Stone Bridge High School, Ashburn, Va.

• Freedom High School, Chantilly, Va.

• Metz Middle School, Manassas, Va.

• Battlefield High School, Haymarket, Va.

• War Memorial Building, Winchester, Va.

The winner of Saturday's firehouse primary will face the only Democrat who has filed for the November election - Fairfax County Supervisor for the Dranesville District, John Foust.

Democrats in the 8th Congressional District had originally announced they would be holding a nominating convention on Saturday to pick their candidate to run for Rep. Jim Moran's seat, who is also retiring, but the event has been cancelled, according to their website.

 

 

 

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