Taylor draws on military service in bid for U.S. House

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Scott Taylor 2nd District Congress
Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor chose to serve his country as a Navy SEAL, where he said he learned how to be a team player, be self-motivated and sacrifice for a cause greater than himself.

Now, the 85th District representative in the Virginia House of Delegates is choosing to serve his country in the U.S. House of Representatives and, if elected, intends to draw from his military experience in Congress.

“There are small things that add up to be very big things that a non-veteran would not be aware of,” Taylor said. “It certainly gives you a leg up.”

Taylor, 36, of Virginia Beach, was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2013 and was re-elected in November. He is competing in tomorrow’s primary election against Congressman Randy Forbes (R-Dist. 4) and attorney Pat Cardwell for a shot at the 2nd Congressional District seat. The winner will take on Democrat Shaun Brown in the November general election.

The current 2nd District representative, Scott Rigell, announced in January he would not seek re-election. Redistricting earlier this year moved most Historic Triangle residents out of the 1st District and into the 2nd District.

If elected, Taylor said he would advocate for more congressional oversight over executive branch actions, particularly those that affect citizens’ wallets; push for eliminated military jobs to be restored and work on improving health care for veterans.

“I don’t believe we have taken care of [veterans] properly in our policies,” Taylor said.

Taylor said he plans to have an office on the Peninsula so he can be accessible to Historic Triangle residents.

“I don’t think there is anything more powerful than looking someone in the eyes and answering their questions and listening to their questions and hearing what their concerns are,” Taylor said.

He said he believes his experience as a veteran and as a legislator uniquely qualifies him to represent the 2nd District in Congress.

“I just think my ideas are new, they’re for the future and I think we’re turning a page now in America and in the district too,” Taylor 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.