5th Democrat joins race in 2nd District

Norfolk business owner Elaine Luria has filed with the Federal Election Commission saying she wants to challenge freshman Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Virginia Beach, in the 2nd Congressional District.

Luria is running as a Democrat, and is now the fifth person seeking the party’s nomination for the sprawling Jamestown to Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore district. Taylor is facing a primary challenge from former James City County Supervisor Mary Jones.

Luria owns Norfolk’s Mermaid Factory, which sells miniature versions of the city’s iconic mermaid statutes for people to paint. She is a 20 year U.S. Navy veteran who retired as a commander. Her final assignment was as commanding officer of Assault Craft Unit Two at Little Creek. She has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Naval Academy and a master’s in engineering management from Old Dominion University.

“I led my Navy command and run my small business on the simple philosophy of ‘Be good. Do good work,’” she said.

“I am running for Congress because we desperately need leaders in Washington who will ‘Be Good. Do Good Work’ to create solutions that serve all Americans,” she said.

State Sen. Lynnwood Lewis, D-Accomac, and Dave Belote, a Virginia Beach Democratic Party leader who ended his own race last year because of family concerns, spoke up for Luria at her formal campaign launch on Monday.

Other declared candidates for the Democratic nomination are Virginia Beach teacher Karen Mallard; Hampton business owner Shaun Brown, who lost the 2016 race by nearly 23 percentage points and who was indicted last month on federal fraud charges (she has said she is innocent of any offense); Garry Hubbard, a retired businessman; and Ernest Porter.

Ress can be reached by telephone at 757-247-4535

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