Taylor Keeney continues to announce influential endorsements as she seeks the Republican nomination to run against Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-Henrico) next year in Virginia’s seventh congressional district.

After receiving the support of a former governor last week, Keeney was endorsed Monday by Henrico’s state Senator Siobhan Dunnavant. Dunnavant is an influential member of the Republican party in Virginia, more specifically in Henrico, a key locality for the seventh district.

“Taylor Keeney is a proven conservative problem solver. When she sees a need, she dives right in, bringing people together to help those in need, Dunnavant said in her endorsement announcement Monday.

Keeney has already received the endorsement of her former boss, Governor Bob McDonnell. “Taylor has a servant’s heart and a unique understanding of the issues most important to people in Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District,” McDonnell said in the announcement.

Republicans have made Spanberger’s seat a priority for the 2022 midterm elections. Spanberger won the seat in 2018 when she defeated former Congressman Dave Brat. Prior to Spanbergber’s victory, the seat was held but a Republican for more than 60 years.

The growing list of Republicans in the race already includes Tina Ramirez, who recently announced her candidacy; plus John Castorani and Guatam Barve who have both filed paperwork as well. Last year, Ramirez came in third for the VA-07 nomination that Del. Nick Freitas eventually earned, Castorani was a Republican candidate in Alabama’s first congressional district, and Barve appears to have been a city council candidate in Santa Clara, California.

Other potential candidates for the Republican nomination include state Del. John Mcguire (Goochland), state Senator Amanda Chase (Chesterfield), and state Senator Bryce Reeves (Spotsylvania).

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