Del. Lee Carter defended his seat in the first of two challenges this election season, besting Manassas City Councilman Mark Wolfe in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary race.
Carter had 57 percent of the vote in Tuesday's unofficial results, with 1,440 votes to 1,055 votes.
Carter’s outspoken opposition to big-ticket incentives for Amazon’s HQ2 and the Manassas Micron plant provided an avenue for Wolfe, but the former Republican struggled to make his argument.
In an interview last week, Carter’s said hew wants to create a new economic development model with deals focused on offering incentives to employee-owned businesses and housing cooperatives.
In the legislature, Carter has proposed legislation to repeal the state’s right-to-work law, which prohibits employees from being required to join unions. Carter also introduced bills to allow public-sector employees the right to strike and to legalize the possession of marijuana for those over 21 years of age.
As a socialist, Carter said he’s in favor of an economy that puts working people in control of their lives.
“If anything it’s gotten more popular since 2017,” Carter said. “I’m having a lot fewer conversations about what the word [socialist] means and more conversations about what it would look like on a day-to-day basis to have that sort of economy.”
Carter will face Republican Ian Lovejoy, also a Manassas City Council member, in November.