Republicans have selected their nominee to run for the 50th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Dr. Steve Pleickhardt, 62, won a firehouse primary over Mike Allers Jr. on Saturday.
Pleickhardt will face the winner of a three-way Democratic primary for the seat held by Del. Lee Carter. The district covers the city of Manassas and nearby parts of Prince William County.
In a news release, House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, said Pleickhardt will bring a “welcome change for the people of Prince William and the city of Manassas.”
This is the first attempt at elected office for Pleickhardt, a native of Long Island, N.Y., who runs a dentistry practice in Bristow.
Carter is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor and, like many candidates running for statewide office, is simultaneously running for another two-year term in the House of Delegates. If he were to win the governorship and his House seat, a special election would be held for his House of Delegates seat.
Carter won his first two-year term in 2017, knocking off six-term Republican incumbent and House Majority Whip Jackson Miller. He survived primary and general election challengers in 2019.
No independent or third-party candidates have announced plans to run in the district, but they have until June 8 to file paperwork.