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Another Democrat Will Run Against Wittman

Anita Kumar

A month after the Democratic candidate dropped out of the race to challenge U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R), the party has found someone else to run in Virginia's 1st Congressional District, which includes part of Prince William County.

Bill Day, a mental health counselor from Warrenton who lost to Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter, (R-Prince William) in 2007, will run for the seat in November.

"With Bill Day responding to the call to service, we now have a Democratic candidate who can join with Barack Obama and Mark Warner to bring change to our district, to our Commonwealth and to our country,'' said Suzette Matthews, chairwoman of the First Congressional District.

Wittman, a former state legislator who won a special election in December 2007, is serving the final year of Jo Ann Davis's term. She died of breast cancer in October.

Democrat Keith Hummel announced that he was suspending his campaign, citing past financial difficulties and lamenting "the politics of personal attack and destruction."

"The stakes in this election are bigger than any one person and voters in our district deserve to have a Democratic candidate on the ballot this November who can overcome the politics of personal attack," Hummel said.

Hummell filed debt reorganization petitions 1997 and 2003 and a Chapter 7 petition for liquidation in 1992 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The cases are all closed.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 6, 2008; 7:39 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Congress , Prince William  
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so when exactly did the first district meet to nominate Day? The WaPo needs to investigate this matter.

Posted by: Grozet | August 7, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

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