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January 8, 2019

GOP’s D.J. Jordan declares for 31st District House seat

Darrell “D.J.” Jordan Jr.
If elected, I will advocate for policies that build a culture of human dignity, expand economic and educational opportunities for families, and help small businesses innovate and create high-paying jobs.
— Darrell “D.J.” Jordan Jr.
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A Republican from Woodbridge announced Monday that he will seek the party’s nomination for the 31st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Darrell “D.J.” Jordan Jr., a public relations executive with the Alexandria-based Pinkston Group, hopes to unseat Woodbridge resident and first-term Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-31st/Woodbridge) in the November general election.

Prince William County dominates the district, which includes five of Fauquier’s 20 voting precincts: Casanova, Catlett, Kettle Run, New Baltimore and Vint Hill.

“I am excited to announce my campaign for the 31st District of the Virginia House of Delegates,” Mr. Jordan, 41, said in a press release. “If elected, I will advocate for policies that build a culture of human dignity, expand economic and educational opportunities for families, and help small businesses innovate and create high-paying jobs.”

Married with four children, he has served on several boards of state agencies and nonprofit organizations focused on family issues, Mr. Jordan said.

All 100 state House and 40 Senate seats will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Republicans hold slim majorities in the House and Senate, controlling 51 and 21 seats, respectively.

A first-time candidate, Mr. Jordan wants to reverse the GOP’s recent slide, particularly since Democratic candidates in 2017 won four-year terms as governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

“Democrats control every statewide office in Virginia right now and Republicans maintain slim majorities in the state House and Senate,” said Mr. Jordan, appointed in 2013 by Republican Gov. Bob MacDonnell to a four-year term on the Virginia Board of Social Services. “I think we all know we need a strong two-party system in Virginia, not to sow divisiveness and discord, but to make sure every good idea is presented and every voice is heard.”

In November 2017, Ms. Guzman defeated 16-year legislator Scott Lingamfelter with 54 percent of the district vote and 2,808-vote advantage.

Del. Lingamfelter carried all five Fauquier precincts, with a vote advantage of 4,168 to 1,906 in this county.

Mr. Jordan last summer joined the Pinkston Group, where he handles public relations accounts for companies and nonprofits.

From 2008 to 2018, he served as communications director for a U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, communications director for the U.S. House Committee on Small Business and press secretary for a U.S. representative from Alabama.

Before that, Mr. Jordan worked as news assignment editor for Fox News' national network. Prior to joining Fox, he served three years as a CNN field producer.

In 2013, Mr. Jordan in earned a master’s degree in public management from The Johns Hopkins (Md.) University. He received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Liberty University in 2002.

To his knowledge, no other Republican has declared for the 31st District seat.

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.
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P.Lawrence · January 9, 2019 at 10:37 pm
Way to go DJ! Let's all get behind this man. He actually cares about the voters of Fauquier and has already spent more time in the district doing outreach than the current representative who has discounted us here in Fauquier. Time to have a representative who wants to be OUR delegate and not use the position as a stepping stone to national prominence.
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