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Jamie Radtke Runs Grassroots Campaign in Senate GOP Primary Race

Home-schooling mom of three says mounting federal debt motivated her to run for office.

With congressional primary elections scheduled next week, Patch is profiling each of the four Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate, who will face each other on the ballot June 12.

Tea party member Jamie Radtke of Chesterfield County announced in December 2010 she was running for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Jim Webb, who is retiring from the U.S. Senate.

Before running for the U.S. Senate, Radtke was best known for co-founding and chairing the Virginia Federation of Tea Party Patriots. She organized a tea party convention that attracted nearly 3,000 participants to Richmond.

The home-schooling mom of three  (her father was an F-4 pilot in the Air Force), and is a graduate of Liberty University, with a bachelor of science degree in government. She earned a master of public policy degree from William & Mary in 1998.

In a wide-ranging interview last year with Patch, Radtke discussed her views on everything from energy issues and healthcare to gay marriage and abortion. The interview took place at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.

In the video interviews, attached here (above), she discusses her views on:

  • the GOP primary and how she plans to win it
  • federal debt and spending
  • social issues
  • energy, immigration, and healthcare
  • President Barack Obama’s leadership 
  • political role models

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