By Dusty Smith
Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust this week announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, setting the stage for a primary battle to determine who will take on incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf.
Richard Bolger, an attorney who lives in Fairfax, previously announced his bid for the nomination.
Foust, a McLean resident since 1987, said he wants Congress to begin functioning again — a criticism lobbed at a political body that's become better known for inaction than accomplishing things.
“Like so many Virginians, my life has been shaped by opportunities that were forged through hard work, but the reckless and irresponsible politics of Washington are holding Americans back from achieving our country’s promise of this opportunity,” said Foust, attaching Wolf to the government shutdown earlier this year.
Foust, who has an MBA and a law degree, has been a member of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors since 2007. To take that office, he defeated the incumbent Republican in a district that had previously been held by Republicans.
Foust's campaign has launched a website for his congressional bid: www.foustforvirginia.com.
If Foust and Bolger, and possibly other Democrats, remain in the race next year, a primary will be held to determine Wolf’s challenger in the general election in November 2014.
Wolf has served in the House of Representatives since 1980.
Virginia's 10th Congressional District stretches from McLean to Winchester, with portions of both Fairfax and Loudoun counties.
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