Gary Friedman will soon announce that he will challenge Chuck Colgan for the Democratic nomination for the 29th Senate District.
Gary was recently appointed to the Prince William County Planning Commission by County Chairman Corey Stewart, lost a primary against Sharon Pandak for County Chairman in 2006, and was defeated by Gainesville Supervisor John Stirrup in 2003. He is solidly anti-growth, an environmentalist and an advocate of “social justice” — all popular themes within the Democratic Party, but is reviled by a sizable faction of the Prince William County Democratic Committee because of his support of Corey Stewart.
Friedman would have a difficult, although not impossible, fight to wrest the nomination from Chuck Colgan. Friedman’s bid makes far more sense if there’s a belief that Chuck Colgan will not seek re-election, in which entering before a retirement announcement makes Friedman’s entry appear more as a statement of conviction rather than an opportunistic attempt to easily win a nomination. Unless Bruce Roemmelt changes gears to engage in a Senate race rather than battle against Delegate Bob Marshall, there really aren’t any other plausible Democratic candidates for the 29th Senate District. Friedman would likely be heavily favored for the Democratic nomination despite his occasional excursions into bipartisanship, and has a reasonable degree of name recognition in portions of the district which would make his general election campaign somewhat competitive.
Stay tuned for updates.
UPDATE: Colgan’s announcement of his re-election campaign a day after this broke may not be a coincidence.
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