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Randy Forbes may represent south-central Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives, but his connection to the Historic Triangle extends beyond his 16 years in Congress. He spent his wedding night in Colonial Williamsburg, brought his children to visit the area and is a regular at the Old Chickahominy House.
He is now looking to turn his focus as a legislator from the 4th Congressional District to the Williamsburg area in his bid for the 2nd District seat in the House.
“We have been a part of this area all of our lives,” Forbes said. “I have been representing and doing things for this area my entire career.”
Forbes, 64, of Chesapeake is competing against attorney Pat Cardwell and Del. Scott Taylor (R-Dist. 85) in tomorrow’s primary election. The winner will take on Democrat Shaun Brown in the November general election.
The current 2nd District representative, Republican Scott Rigell, announced in January he would not seek re-election.
Forbes, who serves on the Armed Services and Judiciary committees in Congress, said representing the 2nd District would allow him to continue to do what he is already doing, including working with tourism and defense industries in Hampton Roads.
He listed jobs, national defense and tourism as the top issues affecting the district and, if elected to the seat, said he would advocate for protecting defense jobs in the region and supporting the Peninsula and the Southside as tourist destinations.
“I think what we have to do is create a way to bring more people overall to our area so we’re not fighting” for tourism dollars, Forbes said. “We shouldn’t have to battle between the Virginia Beach and Williamsburg area to get a piece of that pie.”
Forbes said he has been endorsed by more than 200 business leaders, elected officials and community leaders, including Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Dist. 1), who represented the Historic Triangle before redistricting moved most residents to the 2nd District earlier this year.
Reelection to Congress would ensure the Hampton Roads area has a voice when decisions are made on issues like defense spending, Forbes said.
“I think our region deserves to be at the front of the line, not the back of the line, and that’s why I think I’m the best person for this job,” he said.
Two primary elections will be held on Tuesday. Check out our election preview to find out if you can vote in the 2nd Congressional District race.