The 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee last night approved the terms for its April 26 convention, where party delegates will select their nominee for the race to replace retiring Congressman Frank Wolf.
The convention will consist of 300 delegates and 60 alternates, divided among the jurisdictions that makeup the 10th Congressional District. The city and county Democratic committees will select their delegates and alternates at unassembled caucuses, to be held within a two-week window of March 29 and April 12.
Those unassembled caucuses will allow any 10th District registered voter to vote for Democratic delegates who have indicated their candidate preferences. From there, the winning delegates will go to cast their vote at the April 26 convention and the candidate with the most delegate votes will receive the party’s nomination.
“We feel our caucus-convention process will test our candidates’ ability to activate, engage and turn out supporters,” Charlie Jackson, chairman of the 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee, said in a statement released today. “During a two week window our candidates will compete in unassembled caucuses across the 10th District in an open Delegate-selection process that will work to build momentum for our candidates and generate interest from across the District from Springfield to Winchester. We're empowering local county and city chairs to run their unassembled caucuses in the time and place most convenient to voters in their jurisdiction.”
Two Democrats are seeking the party’s nomination, Fairfax Supervisor John Foust and Fairfax attorney Richard Bolger. Leesburg architect Sam Kubba has dropped out of the race.
Candidates seeking the Democratic nomination must submit at least 1,000 signatures and a $5,000 filing fee by March 11.
The district’s Republican committee has opted to select its nominee for the race through a party canvass, also known as a firehouse primary, April 26. The Republican firehouse primary will be held at 10 locations throughout the district, two in both Loudoun and Fairfax counties and one in each of the other jurisdictions included in the district: Prince William County, Frederick County, Clarke County, Winchester, Manassas City and Manassas Park.
The list of Republicans seeking the party’s endorsement has grown to more than half a dozen. Those who have announced their run include former Wolf staffer Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34); Del. Bob Marshall (R-13); Richard Shickle, chairman of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors; Stephen Hollingshead, a Leesburg resident and former senior advisor in the Bush Administration; Marc Savitt, Frederick County resident and president of the National Association of Independent Housing Professionals; Rob Wasinger, a veteran congressional aide; and Brent Anderson, of Chantilly.