Senator Bryce Reeves (R- Spotsylvania) announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District Friday. The seventh district is currently represented by Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Henrico).
“Under President Trump our economy was humming, people were working, and government did not dominate or intrude in our lives and livelihood,” Reeves said in a press release Friday, “But under Joe Biden and Abigail Spanberger, an intrusive, progressive government is failing us, badly. Spanberger has failed to make the 7th District what it should be – the best place to work, live, and raise a family.”
Other candidates already declared for the race include Tina Ramirez and former McDonnell staffer Taylor Keeney. State Del. John McGuire is also likely to jump into the race, and state Sen. Amanda Chase is widely known to be considering running for the same seat as well.
Ramirez and McGuire sought the same nomination in 2020 but lost to Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper), who eventually lost to Spanberger.
In his announcement, Reeves accused Spanberger of “coddling up to Nancy Pelosi and the far left.” Spanberger, however, is one of the most moderate members of Congress and voted against electing Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.
In a call with her Democratic colleagues right after the 2020 election, Spanberger criticized the progressive faction of her party for the rhetoric they use, like defunding the police, which provides ammunition for Republicans to attack moderate Democrats across the country.
Freitas, and Rep. Dave Brat in 2018, both tried to make Spanberger appear more progressive than she actually is — resulting in them both losing — with Spanberger increasing her victory margin in 2020 compared to 2018 in a historically red district.
Reeves hopes to be the Republican that can finally defeat Spanberger. “My campaign is about freedom, limited constitutional government and the dignity and worth of every human being,” Reeves said. “As a Christian, a former Army Ranger, and a former police detective, I have dedicated my life to serving others and that is exactly what I will do if the voters give me the honor of serving them in the United States Congress.”
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