STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)— This fall, voters in Staunton, Waynesboro, Highland County, and parts of Augusta and Nelson counties will elect a new delegate to Virginia's General Assembly.
At the end of 2018, Del. Dickie Bell announced he would not be seeking re-election for Virginia's 20th district seat this year, ending a decade of service.
Earlier this month, former Staunton mayor John Avoli announced his candidacy for the seat.
Thursday, another man joined the race to represent parts of the Valley in Richmond.
Dave Bourne announced he was running against John Avoli for the Republican nomination.
"Republican, Democrat, Independent, or uninvolved, I want to hear from you. Because I will be everybody's delegate,” Bourne said.
Bourne has worked in Richmond over the past few years with the Virginia State Crime Commission and the Department of Criminal Justice through his work with the Virginia Bail Association. Bourne is currently president of the organization, and said that has helped prepare him for the role of delegate.
Bourne’s priorities for office include law enforcement, improving the standard of care for long term and assisted living facilities, creating programs for inmates to work with animal shelters and economic development.
Bourne said he also wants to hear from his potential constituents about issues that are important to them.