25th House District: Landes to have Democratic challenger

Steve Landes

Del. Steve Landes

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Delegate Steve Landes (R-25th House) will have a Democratic challenger, according to the Daily Progress (see Democrat Angela Lynn files to enter race for 25th District seat):

Angela Lynn, 60, a White Hall resident and former intergovernmental and external affairs worker for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, filed campaign paperwork this week in a bid for the seat held by 10-term incumbent Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave.

Though Delegate Landes was coy about running for re-election, there are no indications that he will not do so:

Landes, 55, would not say Thursday whether he plans to seek re-election.

“At this point, I’m going to focus on the issues I’ve got going on down here,” Landes said Thursday from his Richmond office. “I’m headed in that direction, but I won’t make a determination for at least a few weeks.”

The district is overwhelmingly Republican. Before Delegate Landes, it was represented for decades by Republican Delegate Pete Giesen.

Lynn said she plans to launch her campaign Tuesday during a rally at Meriwether Springs Vineyard. She currently serves as a representative to Albemarle County’s Social Services Advisory Board and Public Recreational Facilities Authority.

“My appreciation for public service started young,” Lynn said, “growing up in a military family.”

Her husband, an Air Force Academy graduate, was a fighter pilot before retiring to pursue a commercial flying career.

Lynn said she juggled volunteer work, raising five children and pursuing a career in education before joining FEMA in 2007. She received a master’s degree in higher education administration from The College of William and Mary in 1998.

The general election will be Tuesday, November 10.

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