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Yesli Vega, Coles District Supervisor

Prince William County Supervisor Yesli Vega is running for U.S. Congress. 

Vega, a Republican representing the Coles District, announced her candidacy for the newly configured 7th Congressional District on Tuesday night. 

“From Prince William to Culpeper, Virginians are being pummeled by the current policies and decisions coming out of DC,” Vega wrote on Facebook. “Our system of checks and balances was created for such a time as this when disastrous one-party rule no longer served the best interests and will of the people.”

Vega, who was first elected in 2019, is a Prince William County sheriff’s deputy and former county police officer. She previously served in the Alexandria and Manassas Park police departments. 

On Monday, the Virginia Supreme Court approved Congressional and General Assembly districts. The court took over the redistricting, required after the 2020 Census, because the state’s redistricting commission could not reach agreement on new maps.

Prince William County will be split practically down the middle in Congressional representation between the 7th and 10th districts. The initial proposed map put Prince William entirely in the 7th district.

Prince William County is currently split among the 1st, 10th and 11th districts.

The new 7th District, which currently encompasses a swath of Central Virginia west of Richmond, would shift northeast and encompass eastern Prince William, Fredericksburg and all of King George, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, Culpeper, Orange, Greene and Madison counties and an extremely small sliver of Albemarle County.

The seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger, who lives in Henrico County, just outside Richmond. However, congressional representatives are not required to live in their district.

Spanberger announced Wednesday that she will seek re-election.

Del. Elizabeth Guzman, D-31st, Prince William School Board Chair Babur Lateef and former Dels. Jennifer Carroll Foy and Hala Ayala, both of Prince William, have been circulated as potential Democratic candidates in the 7th District.

Republican State Sen. Amanda Chase of Chesterfield County had previously announced a campaign in the 7th District. Reports indicated she is waiting for the maps to be finalized before deciding if she would stay in that campaign. 

Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson has announced her plans to run in the new 10th District, which will cover western Prince William, southern Fairfax County, Manassas, Manassas Park and all of Loudoun, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties. 

Manassas Council member Theresa Coates Ellis also has announced plans to run in the district, which is represented by Democrat Jennifer Wexton.

 

Nolan Stout covers Prince William County. Reach him at nstout@insidenova.com or @TheNolanStout on Facebook and Twitter.

(8) comments

Lynne June

The trouble with the Far Right and the Far Left is that they can’t see anything beyond their narrow viewpoint. I’m all for a Centrist, someone who is willing to negotiate and work in a bipartisan manner.

John Dutko

https://www.mackinac.org/OvertonWindow

Centrist views in the 1950s are considered Far Left today.

Ralf Bee

I am all for a GOP rep, as anything is better than a useless Dem!

Jesse Helms

Yesli Vega is a RINO, she will jump ship and change parties if it meant furthering her career. She refuses to acknowledge the voter fraud, our crisis on the southern border, CRT, and the myriad of ways the left is going after hard working Americans, and denying the people's Democratic will.

Vote Bryce Reeves or Amanda Chase fighting to Make Virginia Great Again in Virginia's 7th!

Lon G Johnson

What a dunce Vega delivered the Governorship for Youngkin by grinding the hispanic vote! You know obviously very little. Do your home work before you trip over your tongue!

CarWash Bonzai

I know her walk by air smells like sugar cookies from subway

Sacagawea Lax

I'm sure Mrs. Vega's campaign team, and now potential security detail will have to be on the lookout for you to make sure you don't interact any closer to her personal space.

Lon G Johnson

Sounds like a comment from millennial twa+ stuck on the Dem plantation mindset

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