Del. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, announced Friday he’s seeking re-election to the 23rd District Virginia House of Delegates seat.
Garrett has held the seat, which covers parts of Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst and Bedford, since 2010.
“I am humbled and deeply honored to serve the people of the 23rd House District. Over the last seven years, I’ve worked with Republicans and Democrats to seek commonsense solutions for all Virginians, with a focus on economic development, education, health care, and fiscal responsibility,” Garrett said in a news release.
Lynchburg Republican Committee Chairman Brian Triplett said the organization is completely supportive of Garrett.
“And so we plan to work hard for his re-election this fall,” he said Friday night. “… Delegate Garrett has done a great job in Richmond, and we fully support his re-election.”
A Lynchburg native, Garrett serves on the House Appropriations; Transportation; and Health, Welfare and Institutions committees.
Garrett officially filed for re-election March 28 and became the district’s Republican candidate April 4, according to his news release.
Garrett will face Democrat Natalie Short, of Lynchburg, in the Nov. 7 general election.
“When I heard that the incumbent in my district (23) would likely run unopposed, and that the same would happen in our neighboring district (22), meaning the entire city of Lynchburg, and most of this area, would not see a Democrat on the ballot, I felt I had to take action,” Short states on her website.
As of March 31, Garrett has raised a total of $93,030.35 from a variety of sources, including $250 from the Virginia State Police Association Inc. and $250 from the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association PAC, according to campaign finance reports from the Virginia Department of Elections. Short has raised $854.26 as of March 31 from two donors, $504.26 from ActBlue Virginia and another $250 from an out-of-state lawyer, according to the same source.
“I look forward to continuing to meet with and hear from residents of Central Virginia as we share our positive message over the next several months,” Garrett said in the release.