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It's Schwartz vs. Howell
George Schwartz announces his intention to run for the House of Delegates in the 28th District


Date published: 2/15/2009

BY JONAS BEALS

During yesterday's Stafford Democratic Committee meeting, Board of Supervisors Chairman George Schwartz announced that he will run for the Virginia House of Delegates.

Schwartz plans to run for the 28th District seat--currently occupied by Speaker of the House Bill Howell, who was first elected in 1987. The 28th District includes eastern Stafford County and the city of Fredericksburg.

Schwartz, who lives in Falmouth, also announced that he will not seek re-election to the Stafford Board of Supervisors.

"My term as supervisor is coming to a close," Schwartz said. "I think I've accomplished what I set out to do. I have every confidence that the board will continue on the track it is presently on next year, and the time is right to take on this next challenge."

During his time as a supervisor, Schwartz has often railed against the "special interests" in Stafford County and their influence on the legislative process. In most cases, he is talking about builders and developers--industries that he feels have used money to unfairly serve their own needs. Recent remarks suggest he plans to fight the same powers at the state level.

"I'm running because the voters of the 28th District are under-represented," he said. "Special interests are favored over the average voter.

"The Virginia builders' lobby is especially favored. Much of this session's legislation is favorable to the building industry."

Schwartz made it clear that he is opposed to any interaction between elected officials and lobbyists.

"There should be no transfer of considerations between lobbyists and elected officials, period," he said.

For now, Schwartz knows of no other Democratic candidates running for the 28th District seat, nor does he know of a candidate who will run for his seat on the Board of Supervisors.

The 2009 general election will be held Nov. 3, with primaries scheduled for June 9 if necessary.

"I wanted to get out front and give the Democratic party a lead," Schwartz said. "There was an opportunity for someone to step forward in the Falmouth District."

Jonas Beals: 540/368-5036
Email: jbeals@freelancestar.com