First-term incumbent John J. Bell, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Subba Kolla have officially filed to run for the 87th House District.
Incumbent Bell’s paperwork bears signatures of 214 supporters from every corner of the district, including Sterling, Ashburn, Broadlands, Chantilly, South Riding, Stone Ridge, Aldie, and Haymarket, according to Bell’s office.
“I’m so proud to be running for reelection to represent the 87th District of the Virginia House of Delegates,” Bell said. “It’s an honor to serve, and I believe I have earned your vote once again to represent you in Richmond. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and I look forward to continuing to do the hard work it takes to be an advocate for all my constituents.”
Bell is a 26-year U.S. Air Force veteran. He was first elected in 2015, replacing Republic David I. Ramadan. He faces a challenge from Republican Subba Kolla.
Kolla, if elected, would become the first native of India to serve in the Virginia General Assembly, according to his campaign. Kolla came to the United States in 1997 after receiving his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and teaching the same on the collegiate level for six years. Kolla became an American citizen in 2008 and owns a real estate small business in South Riding.
“As the Republican nominee for 87th District, I will work every day to communicate why we need new representation in Richmond,” Kolla said. “My priorities: Lower taxes and fewer regulations for Virginia’s working families and small business, better transportation solutions for our growing region that will increase our quality of life—maintaining and continually improving our educational system—with a focus on our teachers and students.”
The 2017 general election in Virginia will be held Nov. 8.