As we correctly speculated earlier this week, Susan Stimpson, Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors has thrown her hat into the ring for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor in 2013.
Stimpson has been a friend to many of Virginia Virtucon contributors. Of course, several of the current candidates for the nomination are friends of ours. Stimpson joins PWC Chair Corey Stewart, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter and Sen. Steve “Wild and Crazy Guy” Martin. There are rumors that a few others are also considering jumping in. They include former State Sen. Jeanmarie Devolites Davis, Del. Brenda Pogge and current Victory Chairman Pete Snyder. It will certainly be an interesting race to watch and see how many of these candidates can withstand the next 9 months of campaigning around the state. The nominating convention will be held next summer in Richmond.
Stimpson, in her announcement touted the success she has led in reforming Stafford County government. When Stimpson was first elected the previous board had enacted a BPOL tax in the county, had several years in a row of raising the real estate tax rate and expanded the government’s budget. Stimpson with a new Republican majority Board of Supervisors eliminated BPOL and have focused on reducing the tax rate that has translated to real tax cuts for Stafford taxpayers. Her successes most certainly put her in good position to earn the support from the conservatives that will be a major voting block at the RPV convention next year.
Virginia Virtucon is keeping it’s powder dry in terms of endorsements for 2013, instead focusing on the task at hand of electing the team of Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan and George Allen in 2012. Stimpson is certainly a candidate we will be keeping our eye on, though.