Dr. Steve Pleickhardt

Dr. Steve Pleickhardt

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.

Carter will face Michelle Maldonado and Helen Zurita in this year’s Democratic primary on June 8. Early voting for the primary began last month. 

No independent or third-party candidates have announced plans to run in the district, but they have until June 8 to file paperwork.


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

(4) comments

John Dutko

Additionally, Dr. Pleickhardt should update his campaign website to reflect what is going on: https://votedrsteve.com/

He just echoes talking points that come from various publications without providing solutions to the problems.

-Jobs and the economy: He needs to amend "The last two years we have seen Democrats in Richmond support endless lockdowns and regulations that make it tough for small businesses to survive, let alone thrive. " as it give the impression that Virginia has been locked down for two years. And if he is addressing the lockdown with regards to the pandemic, I would question his status in the medical field.

-Taxes: Cut taxes on top of the 2017 tax cuts? Should we become like Texas where the "nickel and dime" taxes are so low but they make up for it in property taxes? Cuz that would suck.

-Schools: Our kids are going back to school. And vaccination on a massive scale is a large contributor to that push. However, there are people who are hesitant to get the vaccine, which means that this will not go away and we cannot achieve the desired "herd immunity" that we would love to get.

-Energy Policy: Investment in better energy sustainability will reduce costs as the market will adjust. As it has from candles to kerosene to electricity. Also, I would like leaders to have foresight and plan for the future, rather than screw things up in the present.

-Election Integrity: Voter ID laws weren't a thing until the late 1990s. Then the subject of voter IDs came up, followed by numerous red-state support for it. That is because they disenfranchise demographics that normally do not align with Republican views. Voting by mail is secure, and the fraud that was caught was committed by republican voters.

The right to vote should not be restricted.

-Crime and Public Safety: If you are gonna go hard on crime, don't forget the rich people who defraud and prey upon the weak. White collar crime investigations have been ignored for too long.

-2A: You have to remember that as a legislator, you should govern to the weakest link. James Madison (the dude who came up with the Bill of Rights) wrote:

It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

Life: If your position is true, I want to start my children's 529 plan from the date of conception. I also want to claim my unborn children as dependents.

Tolls: Run a spell-check.

John Dutko

The dude took two PPP loans and still laid off his staff:



I would like issues like this addressed as Dr. Pleickhardt has made a number of social media posts that would put him in an awkward position as he claims 11 positions were covered by the loan, but in the article previously posted it says "He said the regulations caused him to close down his office for two months and lay off his entire staff."

I don't like fraudsters who twist the truth.

Tim True

Yet another Trumper nominated. [lol][whistling] VA conservatives just can't learn their lesson. How many times do you need the good people of VA to reject these extremists before you get it? Looks like another Democratic win no matter who they nominate.

Duke Nukem

You're probably right, no need to go to the polls[wink][yawn]

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