Phillip S. Griffin, II, 34, joins Jill Holtzman, an attorney in Fauquier County, in announcing a bid for the GOP nomination.
plans to run as a "pro-life conservative" for the seat.A Republican primary or convention till be held in June 2003, but that decision will be made by the 27th District GOP Committee
Potts, 60, will announce by February whether he
will run again, but his
aide Lana Westfall noted Wednesday that Potts is next in seniority to be chairman of the Senate Education and Health Committee chaired by Warren E. Barry (R), who will retire in July to serve on the state liquor board, Gov.
In addition to his
pro-life stance, Griffin
said two issues in his
campaign are "low taxes" though he
has no firm pledge to oppose tax increases.Another top priority in his
said, is support for public education, particularly higher standards and appropriate funding.He
will release more specifics on his
education pledge at a later date. Griffin is president and owner of his general practice law firm and is vice chairman of the Handley Regional Library Board in Winchester.In 2001 he was named 10th District vice chairman.Since August of last year he has served as chairman of the Winchester Republican Party.
In 1995, he
was a surrogate speaker for Potts in his
run against Independent Tom Lewis.He
worked on campaigns of former governors George Allen (R) and James Gilmore (R).
Meanwhile, Supervisor Mark R. Herring (D-Leesburg) has indicated he
is eyeing a run for reelection as supervisor, for Potts' seat or the 33rd House seat held by Joe T. May (R).While he
has filed a statement of organization, he
hasn't yet announced which seat he
will run for, Betsy Mayr, secretary to Loudoun's electoral board, confirmed Wednesday.