Monty Mason files for re-election

Staff writer

Sen. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg, will look to keep his seat in the Virginia Senate’s 1st District in November.

Mason announced he had filed the necessary paperwork to get himself on the ballot for re-election in a Friday morning post on Facebook.

“I've filed for re-election in the great 1st Senate District of Virginia,” he said in the post. “Thanks to the people of the 1st State Senate District for allowing me to do a job that I truly love. I would be honored to continue as your Senator.”

A College of William and Mary graduate, Mason works as a senior director at Visa. He has served in the Senate since a special election in 2016. Prior to that, he was a member of the House of Delegates from 2014 to 2016, according to his biography on the Senate’s website.

The 1st Senate District was previously held by John Miller, a Democrat who died while in office in 2016.

Mason won the Senate seat with 58 percent of the vote. His opponents Republican Thomas Holston and Independent John Bloom earned 37 percent and 4 percent of the vote, respectively, according to Virginia Department of Elections results.

In an interview, Mason said he wanted to be re-elected because he thinks there’s still work to be done on a variety of issues. Among them, Mason would like to work to expand educational opportunities for National Guardsmen. He also wants to work to increase state funding of K-12 education, something he called a statewide problem that’s lingered since the days of the Great Recession.

“I’m proud of the work that’s done but there’s more to accomplish,” Mason said.

The 1st District consists of all of Williamsburg, parts of James City and York counties as well as parts of Hampton, Newport News and Suffolk.

The primary election will be held June 11. The general election for his seat will be held Nov. 5. As of Friday, no one has publicly declared a challenge for the seat.

Jack Jacobs, 757-298-6007, jojacobs@vagazette.com, @jajacobs_

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