Hanover Supervisor Scott A. Wyatt will face off against incumbent Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover, for the Republican spot in the election for the 97th District seat in the House of Delegates.
Wyatt was elected to the Hanover County Board of Supervisors in 2015 and represents the Cold Harbor District. Originally from Henrico, he announced he was running on Jan. 23 at a Hanover board meeting.
Wyatt said members of the business community in the 97th District came to him about running against Peace.
“They feel that he has moved to the left politically over the last few years, as well as his lack of engagement and visibility in Hanover, New Kent and King William,” Wyatt said.
Wyatt said he, too, has been disappointed with some of Peace’s votes and that he believes in term limits.
“His vote for Medicaid expansion is putting folks on Medicaid that are able-bodied citizens that could work,” Wyatt said.
Being involved in the community and doing what’s best for citizens is key, according to Wyatt.
“It’s about being visible and representing the citizens here in the district, not the lobbyists in Richmond,” Wyatt said. “Whether it be at Vinny’s in King William or Maria’s in New Kent.”
Wyatt, worked for Verizon for 30 years and retired in December as an operations manager.
"I am very proud of my ability to communicate with people and provide customer service," Wyatt said. “I’m not a career politician, unlike my opponent.”
Wyatt held a campaign kick-off party on Feb. 23 in Mechanicsville and said he is grateful for the local support he has received so far.
Peace was elected in 2006. If re-elected, this would be his eighth term. Peace’s political campaign consultant Boyd Marcus said Peace will officially announce his bid for re-election on March 9 at his kick-off campaign party in Mechanicsville.
Peace said he wanted to finish business at the General Assembly before announcing his run for re-election.
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.
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