With the Democrats in command of the White Home and Congress in Washington and the governor’s workplace and legislature in Richmond, Va., Republican Taylor Keeney say she will be able to’t stay “on the sidelines.”
And on Wednesday morning, Keeney introduced her candidacy for the Home in Virginia’s seventh Congressional District in hopes of difficult two-term Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger, whom the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) considers one of the crucial susceptible Democrats operating for reelection within the 2022 midterms.
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The competition within the central Virginia district will possible be one of many key races throughout the nation to determine if the Republicans win again the Home majority.
“Trying on the course issues are getting into Richmond and in Washington I can’t sit on the sidelines anymore. We now have large points going through this nation between uncontrolled spending, a disaster on the border, and academics unions controlling our youngsters’s training,” Keeney emphasised in a press release to Fox Information.
And taking purpose at Spanberger, she charged that “we now have a far-left consultant who says one factor and does one other, or doesn’t do something in any respect. I understand how to resolve issues and get issues finished, and I do know the problems going through Central Virginia – it’s what I’ve finished my whole profession. That’s why I’m stepping into this race – to convey new conservative management to Washington.”
Keeney, a first-time candidate and a mom of two younger kids, is the founding father of Little Palms Virginia, a nonprofit she launched two years in the past make sure that newborns by way of 3-year-olds in and round Richmond have the fundamental necessities wanted to thrive. A coverage and communications veteran who served as press secretary for former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, Keeney additionally advises and volunteers for Greater Achievement-Richmond, which assists college students in systemically under-resourced communities.
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The district contains parts of Chesterfield and Henrico counties within the western suburbs of Richmond, components of Spotsylvania County simply outdoors of Fredericksburg, and all of Orange, Culpeper, Goochland, Louisa, Nottoway, Amelia and Powhatan counties. The seat’s been a prime goal for the NRCC since Spanberger, a former CIA officer, narrowly defeated GOP Rep. Dave Brat in 2018. Spanberger received reelection final November by a razor-thin margin.
“Spanberger and her liberal polices are hurting households,” Keeney charged in her marketing campaign launch video.
“I’m uninterested in Abigail Spanberger’s hypocrisy and the Democrats’ excessive agenda. And I’m uninterested in the identical profession politicians failing to show the seat from blue again to pink,” she argued.
Keeney turns into the fourth Republican candidate to enter the race. Amongst these operating is Tina Ramirez, the founding father of the nonprofit Hardwired International and an advocate for larger non secular freedom who final 12 months unsuccessfully ran for the GOP nomination within the congressional district. Two weeks in the past, she launched a second bid for the seat.
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The GOP managed the Home for eight years earlier than dropping the majority within the chamber within the 2018 midterms. However whereas Republicans misplaced the White Home and their Senate majority within the 2020 contests, within the battle for the Home they defied expectations and took an enormous chew out of the Democrats’ majority in November’s elections and solely want a internet achieve of 5 seats in subsequent 12 months’s midterms to regain management of the chamber.