While the 13th District race gets all the headlines this fall, there are many other competitive races for House of Delegates seats in the Prince William area.

Here are our thoughts on some of them:

51st District: Republican Rich Anderson has represented this district, which stretches from Lake Ridge to Nokesville, since 2010 and has established a formidable record, especially on military and veterans issues. He is active and omnipresent in the community, makes himself very accessible to constituents and has established a strong reputation in Richmond as a common-sense legislator. We are delighted to endorse Anderson for re-election.

50th District: Republican Jackson Miller has represented the Manassas/Bristow-area district since 2006 and steadily gained prominence in the legislature, serving as House majority whip since 2012. A former police officer, he has a strong record on criminal justice issues, and he understands the challenges facing local government and local businesses. Meanwhile, Miller’s opponent has led support of such far-left issues as single-payer healthcare that are out of touch with local voters. Miller is worthy of re-election.

31st District: Retired Army Col. Scott Lingamfelter, a Republican, has represented the northern Fauquier/southern Prince William district for 15 years and has survived close challenges each of the past two elections. We don’t agree with Lingamfelter on every issue, but, like Anderson, he is very accessible and has proven to be a solid legislator. Lingamfelter deserves to be re-elected again.

2nd District: This swing district, which stretches along the Potomac River from Belmont to Aquia, once appeared to be among the most competitive in the state. However, the withdrawal from the race of the first Republican candidate has left Democrat Jennifer Foy in the driver’s seat. On top of that, the GOP’s replacement candidate, Mike Makee, has been largely invisible, failing to show for campaign forums and not even replying to our request for an endorsement interview. We’re impressed by Foy’s down-to-earth style, and her experiences as a mother of young children and a public defender will bring new perspectives to the legislature. Foy deserves your vote.

Coming next week: A look at the gubernatorial candidates

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