Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover, will seek to continue to represent the 97th District in the House of Delegates.
Peace announced his campaign at a kickoff party in Mechanicsville Saturday.
Peace, a Hanover native, was first elected in 2006 and, if re-elected, this will be his eighth consecutive term.
In last year’s General Assembly session, Peace was a chief co-patron of a bill that made historical horse race wagering legal — leading to the revitalization of Colonial Downs in New Kent.
“I also filed a budget amendment to make the repaving of Route 60 in New Kent a priority for residents,” Peace said.
Peace said he has also worked locally and non-legislatively with the relocation of the Heritage Library and the Homeowner’s Association of Brickshire to save the golf course and make the neighborhood more affordable for homeowners.
Peace was chairman for a subcommittee on Prevention and Response for the House Select Committee on School Safety this session.
Hanover County supervisor Scott A. Wyatt recently put his hat in the ring to run against Peace for the Republican nomination.
The Republican candidate will be chosen at a convention rather than a primary, according to political consultant Boyd Marcus.
Each district is allowed votes based on the number of Republican votes cast in the district in the last presidential and gubernatorial elections, according to Marcus.
Marcus said he expects the convention will be held in May.
The 97th District is comprised of all of New Kent County and parts of Hanover and King William counties.
“If the voters were to change horses, they would be voting in someone who would not benefit the district, that’s anybody, that’s not speaking to Mr. Wyatt’s lack of qualification,” Peace said. “I feel like I am in the primary position to serve the district.”
Peace graduated from Hampden-Sydney and University of Richmond School of Law and owns his own law practice in Mechanicsville, focusing on family law, estate planning, traffic and small business.
Between college and graduate school, Peace ran Congressman Herb Bateman’s last campaign and was a legislative aide for former Del. Eric Cantor. Peace then went on to work for McGuireWoods Consulting in government relations.
Peace resides in Old Church in Hanover with his wife, Ashley, and two children, Camden and Henry, at their home farm and vineyard, White Plains Farm and Vineyard.
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