Rob Wittman

Race to replace Rigell begins

Race to replace Rigell begins

In an open letter emailed to supporters and constituents, U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Virginia Beach, announced Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2016.

During his time in office, Rigell has held the 2nd Congressional District seat since 2010 and has carved out an image as a moderate Republican in a swing district.

A recent redistricting order from a federal judge moved portions of the 2nd District to include the city of Williamsburg as well as the eastern portions of James City County.

The incumbent Congressman's retirement is likely to increase the attention surrounding the district in what promises to be a competitive election this fall.

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