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Republican lawyer Stanley to run for Hurt's Senate seat

Anita Kumar

Bill Stanley, a Franklin County lawyer and the Republican committee chairman in the 5th Congressional District, said Thursday that he will run to replace state Sen. Robert Hurt, who was elected to Congress on Tuesday.

Stanley said he was urged by party leaders to run for the seat, and he agreed because he wanted to continue to have strong conservative leadership in the Senate.

If you recognize Stanley's name, there's good reason: He represented Jeff Frederick in his high-profile fight to hold onto his job as chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, and then ran for the job himself when Frederick was ousted. (A lawyer who lived in Fairfax until 2004, he was part of the legal team that represented Paula Jones during her sexual harassment case against President Bill Clinton.)

If elected, Stanley said he plans to finish out his two-year post as chairman, which will end in May 2012.

The state Board of Elections will certify Tuesday's results Nov. 22. Hurt (R-Pittsylvania), who defeated Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello in the 5th district, and Del. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem), who defeated Rep. Rick Boucher, are expected to resign soon after.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will then set a pair of special elections to fill the two seats.

Richard Cranwell, chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, said he has a candidate in mind to run for Hurt's seat in the largely Republican-leaning district, but declined to name him. Stanley must first survive a firehouse primary (if he has a GOP opponent) in which voters from the district cast ballots in Danville, Franklin, Campbell and Pittsylvania.

The General Assembly returns for its 46-day session Jan. 12.

By Anita Kumar  | November 4, 2010; 1:23 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Election 2010, Robert Hurt, State Senate  
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