Former Delegate Ramadan Considers State Senate Run

Former delegate David Ramadan is considering returning to the General Assembly.

Ramadan represented the 87th District in the House of Delegates from 2012 to 2016, and did not run for a third term, citing a need to spend more time running his international franchise business.

Ramadan said this week that he was not planning to run for office this year, as he is still busy juggling the demands of his business. But, with two-term state Sen. Richard “Dick” Black (R-13) announcing his retirement earlier this week, several people—“from the far right to the center” of the Republican party—have encouraged him to run for the seat, Ramadan said.

The debate over how to reduce the tolls on the Dulles Greenway that has grown especially heated in recent weeks has the former delegate considering pursuing the 13th District seat. The most recent fight over the Greenway was sparked by a proposed deal to bring limited distance-based tolling to the privately owned road as long as Virginia guarantees the owners annual toll rate increases through 2056. That proposal was worked out between the Greenway’s owners, Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) and state Delegates David A. Reid (D-32) and John J. Bell (D-87). Bell is Ramadan’s successor in the House of Delegates and is now running for the 13th District seat in the Senate.

Ramadan called it a “bad deal” because it does not establish distance-based pricing, but rather guarantees a profit for the Greenway. He said that reigning in tolls on the privately owned highway will be the defining issue of Loudoun’s legislators’ next terms, whether he is a part of that delegation or not.

Of his potential run for office, Ramadan said he just wants a good candidate in the race, particularly a centrist Republican. He named Supervisors Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run) and Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) as other potential candidates.

“They would also be excellent candidates,” he said. “My intention is to have a good candidate run for the 13th District who will take on this Greenway fight and not give in to the Greenway as, unfortunately, John Bell has done.”

So far, three Democrats have formally announced plans to seek their party’s nomination in the 13th District race. They are Bell, Army Reserve intelligence officer Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos and financial consultant Lucero Wiley.

The 13th Senate District covers the western half of Loudoun County and a portion of Prince William County. In 2011, Black handily won the seat over Democrat Shawn Mitchell. His 2015 re-election victory was narrower, as Democrat Jill McCabe came within 2,354 votes of a victory.

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  • 2019-01-04 at 10:59 am
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    This is super news. David was a great delegate and was the first elected to truly get movement on the Greeenway toll issue and distance pricing. David helped unearth the debt the Greenway owners (Macquarie) piled on just to take the cash out of the road, ostensibly for other Macquarie projects. The Greenway used junk bond debt to refinance itself (dumb) and users have to pay for that because the State Corporation commission is so beholden to whom it regulates. This will be a great campaign particulalry if the Dems nominate Dirty John Bell, whom I call that because always runs dirty nasty personal campaigns against his opponents with impunity and the local media never hold him accountable for the charges he levies. It was Bell who masterminded this very bad Greenway bill, too. The issue before the voters of the 13th is – -do you want a champion for a better toll structure on the Greenway, like Ramadan, or a patsy for the overly leverage owners of the road who just want to keep raising tolls?

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