VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Rep. Scott Rigell will face a retired Navy commander in the 2014 election.
Suzanne Patrick, a former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy during the administration of President George W. Bush, announced her candidacy for Virginia’s Second Congressional District.
The second district includes all of Accomack County, Northampton County and the City of Virginia Beach as well as portions of Norfolk and Hampton. Rigell (R) was elected to represent the district in 2010 and was re-elected to a second term in 2012.
Patrick’s campaign labels her as a ‘centrist Democrat,’ and says she will be a bipartisan voice to “break the gridlock in Washington.”
"As a fourth-generation military officer, I've dedicated my entire career to service - under Democrats and Republicans alike - and I am determined to restore the bipartisan problem solving that prevailed during the Reagan Administration when I first started my Navy career as a civilian. Congressman Rigell's voting record and his partisanship, especially on the sequester, has made life tougher for the military, families and seniors. It's time to put aside the partisan bickering, focus on prioritizing our spending, and start fixing problems for our middle class families," Patrick said.
There is more than 100 years of combined military service between Patrick, her two brothers and father.
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