10th District GOP Holds Firehouse Primary Saturday

Republicans will pick their candidate to run against incumbent Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) during a ranked-choice voting distributed caucus Saturday, May 21.

They will be running for the first time in Virginia’s newly redrawn 10th District, which instead of reaching west through Frederick County and east into Fairfax, now reaches from Loudoun south through Prince Willian, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties. Loudoun dominates the district, with more than half the population living inside the county lines.

Virginia Public Access Project analysis marks the new 10th District as a purple district, although it has leaned Democrat historically. The 2021 gubernatorial election was the closest yet for 10th District Republicans—that year, 50.5% of the new 10th District voted for Democrat Terry McAuliffe, and 48.9% for Republican Glenn Youngkin. And plenty of Republicans are lining up for the chance to run in the district—voters will choose from among 11 candidates ranging among local politicians, conservative celebrities and first-time campaigners.

Final pre-convention federal campaign finance reports show since the new year, retired Navy Captain Húng Cao has led fundraising, bringing in $455,470. He is followed by Prince William County Supervisor Jeanine Lawson, who got an early start to far out-raise other candidates last year—when many candidates had not yet declared—but this year has trailed Cao with $387,055.

By comparison, Loudoun’s own elected official, School Board member John Beatty, has raised only $18,730 this year, ahead only of small business owner and outsider candidate Jeff Mayhugh.

But campaign fundraising isn’t the only way for candidates in this race to get their faces in front of voters—Loudoun has found itself repeatedly at the center of national conservative outrage, and candidates like Cao and Brandon Michon have appeared on national television, with Michon announcing his candidacy on the Fox program Tucker Carlson Tonight.

In addition to Beatty, Mayhugh, Michon, Cao and Lawson, candidates include former military program manager and engineer and retired Air Force Colonel Dave Beckwith; attorney and Oracle Corporation Senior Vice President Mike Clancy; Manassas City Council member Theresa Coates Ellis; Air Force veteran John Henley; entrepreneur and grandson of longtime 10th District Congressman Frank Wolf, Caleb Max; and Brooke Taylor, an educator at Christian universities who has worked in nuclear security.

There will be three locations to vote in Loudoun: Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Broad Run High School in Ashburn, and Mercer Middle School in Aldie. Voting will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21. A photo ID is required and a loyalty pledge to support Republican nominees may be requested.

Under ranked-choice ballots, voters will indicate their candidate preference in order. Ballots will be tallied in rounds until one candidate has a majority of votes. In each round, the candidate with the lowest vote total will be eliminated and ballots cast for them will be transferred the next ranked candidate.

More information is online at vagop10.org.

11 thoughts on “10th District GOP Holds Firehouse Primary Saturday

  • 2022-05-20 at 2:22 pm
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    After the firehouse primary, please remove your illegally posted campaign signs from the county roadsides. I’m especially looking at the Michon campaign that peppered Rt. 15 north of Leesburg with your road spam.
    If you’re going to serve Loudoun, at least learn the law. VA state code doesn’t allow for exceptions of campaign signage in the VDOT ROW (right-of-way). Keep your signs on private property and don’t leave a mess for someone else to clean up.

    • 2022-05-21 at 3:11 pm
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      Is you frustration exclusive to him or every candidate, from every party that does it every year for every election. Personally I just pick them up myself and toss them in my trunk to be disarmed when I’m at a trash can.

  • 2022-05-20 at 2:24 pm
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    As I pass these “Lets Go Branded” signs littering the county, I wonder how this Max character would explain the sign to a child? He may have no respect for America but many of us still do. Why would the 10th district want to send a performative jackass to Washington. Yes, if it had to be done the GOP is the party I’d look to to make it happen (Green, Cawthorn, the list goes on and on), but is that really what we need? Another person hoping to someday turn their elective celebrity into book deals and podcasts and speaking slots at CPAC?

    • 2022-05-21 at 12:27 pm
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      Hollywood weirdos gave a standing ovation to Bobbie Diniro’s disgusting tirade. The whackadoodle leftist of Loudoun elected Juli Briskman for giving a middle finger to the previous POTUS, despite her having zero qualifications or aptitude for the office.

      Kindly save your faux outrage. It’s stale.

  • 2022-05-20 at 3:03 pm
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    Let’s hope we have our next representative come out of this group. We don’t need Wexie the Lapdog representing George Soros, Nancy Pelosi, and these leftists who are destroying this country… because she certainly isn’t representing us.

    Wexit 2022!

  • 2022-05-20 at 3:03 pm
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    I hate to say it. But none of the Republican contenders can hold a candle to Rep. Jennifer Wexton. She’s done a lot for Loudoun County. I never heard of the contenders (except for Mr. Beatty) until they threw their hat in the ring. They’re johnny-come-latelies trying to make a name for themselves. Long Live Loudoun Blue!

    • 2022-05-21 at 9:44 am
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      So what has Wexton done for Loudoun except rubber stamp Pelosi legislation that is destroying our economy and dividing American?
      Loudoun blue is toast.

    • 2022-05-21 at 4:17 pm
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      She’s done a lot for Loudoun County? Sure… she stood by as inflation took hold, she supported the administration’s policies that have blatantly hurt the entire nation, not just VA-10 and Loudoun County…

      Time for Wexie to get voted out in November.

  • 2022-05-21 at 11:03 am
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    Massive crowds at polls today….a lot of enthusiasm on the GOP side…compared to pelosi/wexton’s $5 dollars a gallon gas, wide open borders bringing in disease and drugs, massive inflation, wars, city violence, huge deficits and debt….biden/wexton could not do any more damage to the country. Glad she will be gone this november.

  • 2022-05-21 at 11:24 am
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    Well, he could hold a candle to the Congressman if she would stop bellowing out all that hot air which resides in her. Welcome to the great Progressive disappearing act come November.

  • 2022-05-22 at 9:00 am
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    Hung Cao’s resume is more impressive than most people especially Jennifer Wexton. The real issue is the democratic party is chasing people away in droves by being so tone deaf. I have several friends who are democrat and said they will not be voting the part line this November. We have unsecured borders, the worst economic policies – look at the stock market decline and rising interest rates, supply chain problems, rising fuel prices. How can anyone say no one can hold a candle to Jennifer Wexton? Her voting record is part of the reason we are in headed for a recession.

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