Max—Entrepreneur, Wolf’s Grandson—to Run for Congress

Caleb Max, an entrepreneur and the grandson of longtime Congressman Frank Wolf, has announced he will seek to challenge Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) in the newly drawn 10th District.

The next congressional election will be the first with the new districts approved early this year by the Virginia Supreme Court. Now, rather than stretching from McLean to Winchester, the 10th District includes all of Loudoun, Fauquier and Fauquier counties, northern Prince William County, parts of southwestern Fairfax County, Manassas and Manassas Park. With the new lines decided, Republicans have begun throwing their hats in the ring to challenge the incumbent, Wexton.

Max now seeks to claim a seat in Congress his grandfather held for 34 years, from 1981 until his retirement in 2015.

A Reston native, Max came to Loudoun as a young child. The Round Hill-area resident was homeschooled, starting his own landscape business while a teenager, Caleb’s County Services, then going on to Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University. And he purchased the Pica Deli in Reston in early 2020, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. 

Since then, he said, he’s dealt with slow and inadequate help from the government and constantly shifting regulations and guidance.

“The aid, it was pennies on the dollar and not what was actually needed,” he said. “It was getting me by, but there’s a difference between getting by and being a profitable company that can grow. If a company’s not growing, it’s dying.”

That was part of his decision to run for Congress.

“When you look at what’s happening in our country and our district, small business owners—especially downtown Leesburg, all over—the restaurants are still struggling,” Max said. “People still haven’t gotten back to work.”

He also lamented the divisive and divided state of American politics, particularly at the national level.

“You have seen a lot of conspiracy theories and different things in terms of—I guess you could call it soul-searching. What does the Republican Party of the future look like?” Max said. “…I’m just a big believer that extremes on either side can always be bad.”

To highlight his ability to find consensus across party lines, he pointed to his creation of a nonprofit to resist Chinese communism on college campuses which he said got support from both college Republicans and college Democrats across the nation.

“My granddad always said, when you walk into a room, there’s no such thing as friends and enemies, there’s friends and potential friends,” Max said.

He has cited concerns about infighting among Americans, military overextension, and an oversized federal debt, all of which he pointed out some scholars have tied to the fall of previous empires.

“I look forward to standing up to the Biden Administration and Jennifer Wexton’s failed policies, which are hurting every working family in the 10th Congressional District,” Max stated in a press release announcing his candidacy. “As the Republican candidate, we will win in November, flip the House of Representatives from blue to red, and put government back to work for the hardworking families and business owners who call the 10th District home.”

11 thoughts on “Max—Entrepreneur, Wolf’s Grandson—to Run for Congress

  • 2022-01-19 at 10:17 am
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    Color me skeptical. Frank’s grandson wants to run for Congress as a “conservative” alternative to Wexton because the government didn’t give his company enough aid over the past two years? That’s not message to inspire actual conservatives in Loudoun County.

    • 2022-01-19 at 11:19 pm
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      Maybe not the “conservative alternative” but I bet he wouldn’t be voting 100% according to Speaker Pelosi like Jennifer Wexton does!

      #WExit2022

      • 2022-01-21 at 3:11 pm
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        @EJ Lockwood, Let’s see who else is running and then see where we stand. There is no way I’ll vote for Wexton but I’d like to know whether other candidates that are pro-liberty are running.

    • 2022-01-20 at 8:14 am
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      Well there’s that and then there’s also the apparent thought that being a Congressman is a hereditary thing, to be passed down from Grandpa to Grandson? Sorry, this isn’t England and this entitlement mentality shouldn’t be indulged.

  • 2022-01-19 at 10:29 am
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    Nothing against Caleb Max. But I support Jennifer Wexton. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Actually, I admire Mr. Max. It takes a lot of guts to own a small business during a pandemic Good luck with Pica Deli! I hope it will thrive once again. But please leave the governing to Rep. Wexton.

  • 2022-01-19 at 1:16 pm
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    Just donated to the Jennifer Wexton campaign. Thanks for reminding me.

  • 2022-01-19 at 3:53 pm
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    As someone who has actually run a business, Caleb Max will be a welcome addition to the congressional race. Best of luck, Mr. Max.

  • 2022-01-20 at 2:18 am
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    If Biden, Pelosi, & Wexton are doing such a Great Job then why is the Country in such bad shape?

    I’ll vote for someone who isn’t part of that club.

  • 2022-01-20 at 11:29 am
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    I am sure this young man is a credible candidate, but I will never vote GOP again. Frank Wolf was the last of a breed where a representative actually worked for constituents on both sides of the aisle, not only theirs. How can anyone with half a brain vote for ANY GOP candidate; federal, state or local. Why?
    *The GOP only cares about power and themselves. They talk about crushing the last two years of Biden admin if they take the House and Senate in November. What happened to working for the people?
    *The GOP, namely McConnell said last January that the party will work to crush BIden’s agenda. Again, this is why they are in office? Really?
    *Senate Minority Leader, McCarthy has pledged to investigate every one who crossed the GOP by doing a January 6 investigation.
    *GOP wants no part of fair voting. They are trying to make it harder to vote in so many RED states. This is what our democracy is about? You have clowns running around, like DUH-Santis in Flori-DUH now trying to create an election police force. Abbott throwing all sorts of barriers up to make voting harder. Kristi No-Mind in SoDak is rallying against trans gender people just to make points on a national scale.
    *FOX, OAN etc are just GOP mouthpieces putting out one lie and conspiracy after another, day in and day out.
    *There is a clown in Lovettsville, who has a gun shop and he routinely puts out denigrating signs in front of his business sharing his views on Biden. He certainly has his First Amendment right to do this, but what does a parent tell a kid, when they pass by and the kid reads, “Biden Sucks” on full display? This guy is rude and embarrassing to the town.

    So, vote for GOP? NEVER!!! No matter what you think of Biden, he and his admin is no where as bad as Trump and his legion of liars! Facts are facts.

  • 2022-01-20 at 2:11 pm
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    I’ve voted for Republicans before (Wolf amount others), but after the last decade I cannot fathom voting for anyone with an R next to their name, ever again.

  • 2022-01-20 at 3:13 pm
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    I think you set a good example for young folks who are dissatisfied with how badly our federal government has been run over the last few decades but will wait to see who else is running as this position is important to be taken by a responsive person who also knows national issues especially how they affect us locally. Your Grandfather was very helpful to the Good Shepherd Alliance when I was on that board for 10 years so there is some loyalty to the brand! 🙂

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