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Werkheiser Will Challenge Albo

Tim Craig

Democrat Greg Werkheiser is set to announce this week that he will run against Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax), a rematch of a bitter 2005 contest.

Albo won by fewer than 1,000 votes in 2005, but the Springfield-based district has favored Democrats in recent years. Obama won the district with 57 percent of the vote.

Albo and Werkheiser both expect to spend at least $1 million for the race, which sets the stage for what could be the most expensive House contest in 2009. The race could become the marquee contest in Democratic efforts to pick up the six seats needed to regain control of the House.

"I am focused on, winning so I can work with a Democratic governor, two Democratic senators, a Democratic congressman, and obviously a Democratic national administration, so I can try to help southern Fairfax county get through these very difficult economic times," said Werkheiser, who has already hired a campaign manager.

In an interview, Albo predicted he will prevail because he says he has closer ties to the Springfield-based district.

Albo, who noted he voted last week in favor of closing the so-called gun show loophole, also predicted Werkheiser's efforts to paint him as a conservative will fail.

"I know how my constituents want me to vote," Albo said. "I am the one who is in touch."

Werheiser counters Fairfax County residents are tired of GOP control of the House of Delegates. "Our district started an effort last year to change their political representation and it is now time to complete that fight by brining the change we have achieved nationally and statewide home to our own community," he said.

By Tim Craig  |  January 19, 2009; 1:02 PM ET
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Comments

Thank God that Werkheiser is getting back into the game. I was so disappointed he didn't run last time after coming so close in 2005.

You gotta love Dave Albo. He takes his orders from Richmond, tries to line his pockets with his "abuser fee" rules, and then says he actually represents us.

He thinks "being in touch" means you buy an ad in a high school football program. Maybe if some of us in his district put together a PAC he might actually listen to us.

Posted by: FederalGraphics | January 19, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Werkheiser has his "werk" cut our for him is he thinks he can beat Albo. Ain't gonna happen.

Posted by: Tikkanen08 | January 19, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

It is good to see Werkheiser re-enter the race. People are so fed up with Albo. I recall that he got a shockingly low percentage of the vote in 2007 considering he ran unopposed!

Posted by: Chris_inMountVernon | January 21, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

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