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Milde Announces Primary Challenge in 28th District

Former Aquia District Supervisor Paul Milde sent an email today announcing his intention to enter the primary for the Republican nomination for the 28th House of Delegates District.

Read the full email here.

Bob Thomas who defeated Milde and former Falmouth Supervisor Susan Stimpson in the Republican primary in 2017 went on to win the General Election in November of last year.   He recently completed his first session in the House of Delegates and the election for the seat will be in November of 2019.   Announcing more than a year and half before the General Election and over a year from the primary that will be held in June of 2019 is striking.  Given his primary reason for entering the race is Thomas’ vote in favor of the state budget that was introduced in the House of Delegates that included expansion of Medicaid, this could be more of a ploy to pressure Thomas into voting in favor of a budget that does not include Medicaid expansion when the General Assembly reconvenes in a Special Session to complete the work on the budget.

It was widely expected Milde would be seeking the George Washington District seat on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors in the Special Election to be held in November of this year.   Millde recently purchased a home on Lakeshore Drive in the Argyle Heights neighborhood in the George Washington District.   Abandoning the opportunity to return to the Board of Supervisors, albeit in different district than the one he represented for 12 years, Milde will now face-off with Thomas again in a primary.

Bob Thomas was supported by former Speaker of the House of Delegates and 28th District Delegate Bill Howell in the 2017 election.  It would be expected Howell will again use his significant influence and ability to raise money to help Thomas in 2019.

The filing deadline for the George Washington District Supervisor seat is today at 5 PM.  More news to come on how that race is shaping soon.