7th District seat is up for grabs

Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

A Republican Primary is set to take place on Tuesday, June 10 so that voters can choose between Incumbent Eric Cantor or his opponent Dave Brat as the 7th Congressional District’s Republican nominee for the November General Election.

All registered voters are able to cast a ballot in this open election, regardless of party affiliation. The winner of next Tuesday’s primary race will be placed on the ticket in the U.S. House of Representative’s election versus Democratic opponent Jack Trammell of Louisa and Libertarian challenger James Carr.

Cantor served from 1992 to 2000 in the Virginia House of Delegates, before winning his current congressional seat in 2001. During that time, he has quickly risen through the party ranks to become a leader in the House. Between 2003 and 2009, Cantor was the House Deputy Minority Whip, from 2009 to 2011 he served as House Minority Whip, and he has been House Majority Leader since 2011.

The Richmond-born lawyer and businessman earned his bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, his masters from Columbia University and his juris doctorate at William and Mary College.  He resides in Henrico with his family.

Cantor’s opponent, Brat, is an ethics and economics professor at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, where he has chaired the economics and business departments for the past six years.  He has served on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists, and was president of the Virginia Association of Economists.

To read the entire story, see the June 5 edition of The Central Virginian.

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