Rep. Bob Good, R-5th, easily won his party’s nomination Saturday to seek a second term, topping challenger Dan Moy at a GOP district convention at Hampden-Sydney College.
Good received nearly 85% of the 1,759 weighted votes from convention delegates. He will seek re-election in a redrawn district that now includes 13,400 voters in northern Hanover County, as well as all of Louisa, Powhatan, Goochland, Nottoway and Amelia counties.
In a statement Good thanked convention delegates who made the trip to Farmville and backed him to seek another term.
“The Democrats control every lever of power in Washington. As a result of their policies, the cost of everything, from gas, to groceries, to rent is through the roof. There are shortages on shelves, including needs like baby formula,” Good said.
Good, who has asserted that President Joe Biden should be impeached for failing to secure the nation’s Southern border, added: “Our border is being overrun and drugs and criminals are flowing in. Our communities are getting less safe. Our freedoms are under attack.
People are also reading…
“I believe voters are going to give Republicans a chance to control Congress and stop the Biden agenda in its tracks,” Good said. “We must rise to that challenge, and do what we say we are going to do.”
Good will now face Democrat Josh Throneburg, a minister and small-business owner, in a strong Republican district in which Republican Glenn Youngkin beat Democrat Terry McAuliffe by 20 percentage points in the contest for governor. Democrats have not held the 5th District seat since January 2011, after Rep. Tom Perriello lost his re-election bid to Republican Robert Hurt.
“This district has lacked real representation for far too long,” Throneburg said in a statement. “The reality is that Bob Good failed the people he serves. He failed to pass any notable legislation, and he failed to bring any significant projects or federal dollars home to the district.
“Working families, veterans, farmers, senior citizens and children have all been left behind in service of Good’s endless culture wars.”
Good criticized the Democrat’s focus on combating climate change, asserting that Throneburg “would be fighting every day to make gas and other energy costs skyrocket.”
All told, the district includes all or part of 24 counties and cities. It stretches from Hanover, west to Albemarle County, and south to Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg counties on the North Carolina line. The district includes the cities of Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Danville.
Good’s opponent in Saturday’s convention, Dan Moy, a retired Air Force colonel and head of the Charlottesville Republican Committee, asserted that Good’s rhetoric in Washington is not helping the GOP.
Two years ago Good unseated Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-5th, in a drive-thru convention in Campbell County.
Also Saturday, Republicans picked nominees in two Northern Virginia congressional districts.
In a firehouse primary in the 10th District, Republicans are choosing a nominee among 11 candidates to run against Democratic Rep. Jennifer Wexton.
The contest featured ranked-choice voting. The prospect of multiple rounds of voting left the timing of a result unclear.
Prince William County Supervisor Jeanine Lawson led the GOP field in fundraising through May 1, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.
The redrawn 10th District, based in Loudoun and Prince William counties, is competitive. McAuliffe edged Youngkin in the district by fewer than 2 percentage points.
Earlier Saturday, Karina Lipsman easily topped four other candidates, and won the right to take on Rep. Don Beyer, D-8th in a heavily Democratic district that McAuliffe carried last year with 72% of the vote.
Lipsman was born in Ukraine and has worked in the financial and defense industries, led the field in fundraising through May 1.
The district includes a swath of Fairfax County and all of Arlington County and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church.
Voters will settle a number of Virginia’s congressional nominations in June 21 state-run primaries.
Beyer, who has held the 8th District seat since 2014, faces a June 21 Democratic primary challenge from Victoria Virasingh, a party activist in Arlington who works in the tech industry.