Democrat to Challenge Tommy Norment for Third District Senate Seat

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7986122500_7ec59fcbaeA political newcomer has entered the race for the Third District of the Senate of Virginia, a seat that has been held by Republican Tommy Norment since 1992.

Hugo Reyes, a Democrat, said he has wanted to run for office for a long time and that he was inspired to enter this race to help combat a partisan environment in Richmond, calling it an “us versus them atmosphere.”

“Things are starting to stagnate in Richmond, not so much like they are in Washington, but it’s heading that direction,” he said. “I’d like to help break some of that deadlock.”

The James City County resident said he wants to focus on education and transportation reform. In particular, he wants primary schools to focus more on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He said he wants the state’s transportation system to better serve the movement of goods.

“I’d like to focus on a rail system and a road system to move goods west,” he said. “We’re focused on north and south, not going west and into the other states and into the rest of the country.”

Reyes, who has one daughter, is a cyber security analyst and consultant for a the MITRE Corporation. He has worked in information security for 25 years.

“We are delighted to have a great candidate in Hugo Reyes,” Jen Tierney, the chair of the James City County Democratic Committee, said in a news release. “Hugo is a veteran who has lived in different parts of the State, and who understands many of the challenges that everyday Virginians face. He has long been an advocate for education and we look forward to having him as our representative in the Senate.”

He submitted his candidacy Tuesday, the final day submissions were accepted. He and Norment, who filed his paperwork to run for re-election in March, are the only two candidates on the ballot for the Third District.

The Third District includes all of James City County except for part of the Grove area. It also includes a small slice of Upper York County near Camp Peary. Outside of the Historic Triangle, the district includes all of Gloucester, King and Queen, King William and New Kent counties along with all of Poquoson and parts of Hampton, Suffolk and parts of Isle of Wight and Surry counties.

Norment, a former James City County supervisor, is the current Senate Majority Leader. He is an attorney for the law firm of Kaufman & Canoles.

Election Day is Nov. 3.

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