Webert seeking third term in Va. House of Delegates

Michael Webert of Marshall announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election to a third term in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Del. Webert (R-18th) manages his family's farming operation in northern Fauquier.

Unopposed for the Republican nomination, he at this point has no challenger in the Nov. 3 general election.

The 35-year-old legislator succeeded Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), who stepped down in 2011 and became a circuit judge.

Del. Webert defeated Kevin P. Kelley of Warrenton in the 2011 Republican primary, 2,016 to 1,556 and Democratic candidate Bob L. Zwick of The Plains, 9,749 to 4,264, in the general election.

In 2013, he won re-election, 15,549 to 8,979, against Colin S. Harris (D) of Orlean.

The 18th District includes more than half of Fauquier, all of Rappahannock and parts of Culpeper and Warren counties.

Del. Webert serves on the Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources, and Militia Police and Public Safety, Counties Cities and Towns Committees.

"My committee assignments have afforded me the opportunity to effectively advocate on behalf of the residents in the 18th, be it stopping the McAuliffe-Bloomberg gun control agenda, or advancing legislation beneficial to the farming and business community," he said. The delegate cofounded the Business Development Caucus. He serves as the whip for the Militia Police and Public Safety committee.

"Protecting constitutional rights and promoting economic freedom are crucial to ensuring our society retains our liberty," he said. "I look forward to building on the foundation of trust the voters have come to expect from me."

Del. Webert earned a bachelor's degree in communications George Mason University in 2010. He and his wife Rebecca have two sons.

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