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Small business owner, Navy veteran seeking Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Scott Taylor

Small business owner and retired Navy commander Elaine Luria is seeking the Democratic nomination in Virginia's Second Congressional District.
Small business owner and retired Navy commander Elaine Luria is seeking the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s Second Congressional District.

Elaine Luria, owner of Virginia Beach’s Mermaid Factory and a retired Navy commander, announced Monday at her store’s Laskin Road location that she is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Rep. Scott Taylor.

“I led my Navy command and run my small business on the simple philosophy of ‘Be good. Do good work,’” Luria, 42, said in a statement. “That’s what most Americans wake up in the morning and try to do. Because in America if you work hard and play by the rules, you expect that you and your family will have an opportunity to succeed. But today, too many Americans are working hard and getting less. That’s because politicians in Washington aren’t looking out for them.”

Luria was introduced at the launch of her Second Congressional District campaign by state Sen. Lynnwood Lewis, Virginia Beach Democratic committee chairman Dave Belote, and Arielle Griffin, a former Naval officer, who served under Luria.

Luria, who was born in Alabama, owns Mermaid Factory, which sells mermaids and dolphins made of clay at locations in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Luria retired from the Navy last June after 20 years.

The 2nd District includes all of the city of Virginia Beach and parts of the cities of Norfolk, Hampton, and Newport News. It also encompasses Accomack, Northampton and York counties, the City of Williamsburg and parts of James City County.

This article was published in partnership with our sister publication, Southside Daily.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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