Fairfax County resident Lindsey Davis Stover is the latest Democrat to enter the race to challenge 10th district Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA). The former Obama Administration official and consulting firm co-owner joins a growing list of Democrats looking to take on the second-term incumbent in the 2018 election for the House of Representatives.
“Our district deserves a member of Congress who has the courage to stand up to President Donald Trump’s divisiveness and put the needs of our communities first,” Stover said in a statement. “In Donald Trump and Barbara Comstock’s America, the ladder of opportunity will stay broken, good people will be pitted against each other, and hard work will not result in opportunities for our families.”
Stover is the fourth candidate to either publicly announce their candidacy or file with the Federal Election Commission. State Sen. Jennifer Wexton, who represents Loudoun County in the General Assembly, as well as Fairfax County Supervisor member Kathy Smith and Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, are among nearly a dozen other Democrats rumored to be interested.
Like many Republicans in swing district across the country, Comstock is facing organized public backlash from vocal activists pressing her for supporting the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act and for not hosting an in-person town hall event. She still has the momentum from a comfortable win less than six months ago, and has already raised more than $500,000 this year, which her supports say reflects her support in the district.
Though it gave Comstock the win in 2016, the 10th district voted heavily for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and is already on the short list of vulnerable Republican seats next year.
Stover previously worked as Chief of Staff for Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) and at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. She now works with Edwards at McLean-based consulting firm Edward Davis Stover and Associates LLC and has graduate degrees from Baylor University and Harvard.
In her campaign announcement, Stover touts endorsements from Upperville resident and Dominion Financial Consultants owner Christy Mistr, a tax attorney who served for almost five years as tax counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee, as well as Linda McCray, who serves on the Leesburg Diversity Commission.
“Lindsey’s entire adult life has been about creating opportunity for other people. She is committed to our community and has the courage it requires to fight for us.” McCray said in a statement.
The mother of two daughters, ages five and seven, and the granddaughter of an Army veteran, Stover highlighted a commitment fight for veteran’s affairs and public education opportunities in her campaign announcement.
“In this moment of uncertainty for our state and our nation, everyone is asking how they can help turn things around,” Stover said. “For me, I cannot sit by and simply hope that my daughters will grow up in a land of opportunity, where anyone who works hard can provide opportunity and security for their families, where we’re all in this together.