Republican will run for Senate seat in Southwest
Small-business owner Adam Light announced Monday that he is running for the Republican nomination for the seat held by Sen. Phillip P. Puckett (D-Russell) in southwest Virginia.
Republicans are looking to win back control of the Senate in November. Pucket's seat -- which has trended Republican in recent years -- will be one of their top targets.
"Despite decades of promises, the 38th District continues to struggle. Our opportunities are fewer and our debts are greater," Light said. "It's time to take a new direction. But it's not a new path; it's one we've walked before. It is the path of our founders."
Light, 40, vowed to apply the principles of limited government, free markets and local control to Virginia's government.
He was accompanied at a news conference at Southwest Virginia Community College by U.S. Rep. H. Morgan Griffith, whose district includes the area, Republican party volunteers and tea party activists.
"Adam Light is a principled, committed leader who understands, respects and lives by the values that have made Southwest Virginia great," Griffith said. "His appreciation of our region's tremendous potential, his adherence to the principles of our commonwealth's and nation's founders, and his dedication to the people of Southwest make him the right person to represent the 38th District in the Senate of Virginia."
Light owns a 17-employee full-service surveying and engineering company. He became politically active after the 2008 elections, founding a tea party organization and becoming a member of the Tazewell County Republican Committee. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress for the 9th District in 2010.
| February 7, 2011; 4:48 PM ET
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