Adam Roosevelt challenges Alfonso Lopez

Adam Roosevelt speaks to members of the Arlington County Republican Committee on Jan. 25, 2017. Behind him is county GOP chairman Jim Presswood.

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) has become the first of Arlington’s four-member House of Delegates’ delegation to pick up major-party opposition this year.

Adam Roosevelt, a 24-year-old U.S. Army veteran who works as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, on Jan. 25 announced his candidacy in front of the Arlington County Republican Committee.

Roosevelt laid out an agenda that included education, cyberdefense and support for veterans. Though his candidacy may be a longshot in the heavily Democratic 49th, “we’re making sure we’re getting our Republican voice out,” he said.

As currently configured, the 49th House District includes much of Arlington from the Columbia Pike corridor south, as well as the Skyline, Seven Corners and Baileys Crossroads areas of Fairfax County.

Lopez in 2011 won the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election to succeed Adam Ebbin, who moved up to the state Senate. Lopez in 2013 had token opposition from the Independent Green Party, and in 2015 was unopposed.

Lopez currently serves as Democratic whip in the House of Delegates, where the party holds 34 of 100 seats. He said he’d be running on his record.

“Whether it’s creating the Virginia Affordable Housing Trust Fund, saving the DMV office along Four Mile Run, organizing health-care-enrollment events in Arlington, or leading Virginia’s Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus, I’m proud of my accomplishments serving the people of the 49th District and fighting for our values and priorities in Richmond, as well as our community,” Lopez told the Sun Gazette.  

All 100 statewide House of Delegates seats are up for grabs this year. So far, no Republican challengers have come forward to take on Dels. Patrick Hope (D-47th), Rip Sullivan (D-48th) or Mark Levine (D-45th), whose districts also include parts of Arlington.

None of the four incumbents has officially announced a re-election bid, but most or all are expected to seek new terms. State Senate seats are not on the ballot this year; they will next go to voters in 2019.

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