Four candidates seek GOP Senate nomination

Photo courtesy Republican Party of Virginia
Photo courtesy Republican Party of Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Four men are vying to be the Republican candidate challenging Sen. Mark Warner in November.

The nominee won’t be chosen until June at a convention in Roanoke, but the deadline for filing the paperwork to seek the nomination was Saturday. The potential candidates are as follows:

  • Ed Gillespie of Alexandria
  • Anthony “Tony” DeTora of Fredericksburg
  • Wayshak “Shak” Hill of Centreville
  • Charles “Chuck” Moss of Nokesville

Gillespie is the most known name of the four. He is a former White House Aide and chairman of the Republican National Committee.

A poll conducted by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University in January showed 50 percent of those polled would vote for Warner as opposed to 30 percent for Gillespie if the election were held that day. 56 percent of those polled said Warner deserves to be re-elected to the Senate.

DeTora is a senior policy advisor for a member of Congress; Hill is a financial planning consultant and retired Air Force pilot; and Moss owns a small network consulting business.

“I want to thank each of these men for stepping up to run for office,” Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins said. “Our Republican Party here in Virginia has a very deep bench, and we’re never short of talented, energetic people who are willing to step up and serve their fellow Virginians. While it’s a long way to June, and even further to November, I can say one thing with absolute certainty: each of these four men would be a far better U.S. senator than Mark Warner, and I look forward to working with our eventual nominee to return Mark Warner to the private sector.”

The convention will be held June 7.

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