Former Loudoun delegate confirms run for state Senate
Spotted at the Virginia Tea Party Convention in Richmond on Saturday morning: former Loudoun delegate Dick Black (R), passing out invitations to the formal kickoff of his race for the state Senate on Nov. 11.
The deeply conservative delegate, perhaps best known for distributing plastic fetus models to fellow lawmakers preparing to vote on abortion issues, was defeated in 2005 after serving seven years in the General Assembly. But Black confirms he will be back next year, running for the Senate.
Redistricting makes it a little unclear who he'll run against -- he'll file to run in the 33rd District against Democrat Sen. Mark Herring. But his opponents will ultimately be determined by how the General Assembly draws districts in Loudoun, which has ballooned in population since the 2000 Census.
Black said the energy of the tea party reminds him of the activism of Christian Coalition members who joined the Republican Party before the 1994 elections. He said he thinks Loudoun -- which has swung back and forth between the parties in recent years -- is ready to return a Republican to the state Senate.
"I think people in Loudoun, it's like they're college freshmen who went binge drinking," Black said, referring to the county's support for Barack Obama in 2008. "They woke up, the room was spinning, and they're saying 'I sure wish I'd listened to my mom.' "
Rosalind S. Helderman
| October 9, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
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