LEXINGTON, Va. (WHSV) — Following Bob Goodlatte's announcement that he will retire from Congress at the end of his thirteenth term, Republican National Committeewoman Cynthia Dunbar has announced that she plans to campaign for Goodlatte's seat representing Virginia's 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Thursday morning, following a Democratic sweep of statewide elections in Virginia on Tuesday, Goodlatte declared that he will not seek re-election in 2018.
He was elected to represent Virginia's 6th District as the Republican candidate in 1992 and has served in the role through thirteen elections.
Now, with the end of his tenure as chairman of the judiciary panel in December 2018, he described the time as a "natural stepping-off point" and a chance to begin a new chapter.
Hoping to take her place in the reliably strong Republican bastion of the 6th District is Cynthia Dunbar, who has represented Virginia on the Republican National Committee for the past year.
She taught law at Liberty University for several years and ran for the Republican nomination for the United States House of Representatives to represent Texas's 22nd congressional district in early 2008.
“For over two decades and specifically over the last twelve months as National Committeewoman, I have witnessed firsthand the disarray and dysfunction inside Congress which is crippling our Republic," Dunbar said in a release. "Our national debt, our out of control spending, our tax system, our immigration policy are just a few reasons why Americans elected Republicans. The people entrusted our party with control of the House, the Senate, and the Whitehouse to lead the fight to save our nation. That is exactly what we need to be doing."
"As constitutional conservatives, we can no longer allow career politicians to focus on the next election as opposed to current problems facing our nation. What we need is true conservative leadership willing to support our President, uphold our party Platform, keep our Promises, and deliver liberty and justice for all."
Dunbar was the Virginia co-chair for Ted Cruz in the 2016 primary race before campaigning for Trump.
She has frequently been seen on Fox News and is a regular contributor addressing educational policy issues on Fox and Friends.
"The 6th District is solidly conservative and its constituents are both motivated and mobilized for change," Dunbar continued. "We are demanding real results and will not accept excuses. The voters believe in our party and our principles but when the career politicians and bureaucrats turn a deaf ear to the voice of Americans and a blind eye to the lawlessness of the elected elite the American people lose trust in their government."
"I am humbled by the number of citizens who have requested that I represent their voice in Washington, and I therefore willingly entering this race. I promise this will be a Campaign for the People! And I pledge that I will not rest until we obtain Liberty and Justice for All.”
Ben Cline, delegate representing the 24th District in Virginia's House of Delegates, has also thrown his hat in the ring for Goodlatte's Congressional seat.