emocrat Josh King is launching another bid for the Second District seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates, aiming to represent parts of Prince William and Stafford counties now that Del. Mark Dudenhefer isn’t planning to seek reelection.
King announced that he would be making his second run for the seat on Jan. 16. The Iraq veteran lost to Dudenhefer in 2015 by just 125 votes.
“I am incredibly excited to start talking with voters across Prince William and Stafford County,” King said in a statement. “I plan to spend the next several months talking about improving our schools, shortening our commutes and most importantly creating jobs. We need to ensure that every child in Virginia has access to a world class education, that we invest in transit and new technology industries, and that we ease our over reliance on the federal government.”
Dudenhefer will represent the district through this year’s General Assembly session, but he announced Jan. 6 that he wouldn’t run for reelection this November. He represented the district in Richmond for two nonconsecutive terms, first winning the seat in 2011, then losing it to Democrat Michael Futrell in 2013 and narrowly besting King in 2015.
Now, King’s campaign is calling the soon-to-be open seat “the best opportunity in Virginia for Democrats to pick up a seat in the House of Delegates,” a chamber that currently favors Republicans by a 65-34 margin.