Fourth District Republicans on Saturday nominated Leon Benjamin, a Richmond minister, because the occasion’s candidate within the Feb. 21 particular election for the seat of former Rep. Donald McEachin, a Democrat who died Nov. 28.
Benjamin, a backer of former President Donald Trump, misplaced to McEachin by 91,000 votes in 2020 and by 73,000 votes on Nov. 8.
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On Saturday, Benjamin topped Dale Sturdifen, a former chair of the Mecklenburg County Faculty Board, and Derrick Hollie, the chief of a nonprofit advocacy group from Northern Virginia, in a celebration canvass at Life Christian Academy in Colonial Heights.
Benjamin mentioned in a Twitter publish: “Thanks, VA-4, to your nomination to characterize you in Washington! Collectively we’ll WIN this Particular Election and guarantee your voice is HEARD by the Halls of Congress.”
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Benjamin, a Navy veteran, is the senior pastor of New Life Harvest Church. He based the Coalition of Leaders United, which he says is “devoted to advancing conservative values and restoring ethical readability in America.”
In July, Benjamin issued a information launch that known as election integrity “the only most necessary problem going through America right this moment” and asserted that “the election was STOLEN from our rightful President Donald J. Trump.”
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McEachin, a minister and longtime lawyer, refused to debate or seem with Benjamin as a result of his opponent didn’t concede the 2020 election outcomes, within the 4th District and within the presidential race.
“Actuality shouldn’t be merely what you need it to be,” McEachin wrote in an August letter to Benjamin.
In his present marketing campaign Benjamin is emphasizing points reminiscent of public security, inflation and opposition to rising taxes and the nationwide debt.
On training, he believes “the cash ought to comply with the kid” and oldsters ought to select whether or not to teach their youngsters at dwelling, in personal colleges, in constitution colleges or in conventional public colleges.
McEachin will not debate Benjamin till he concedes 2020 election
In a Fb video earlier Saturday, Benjamin and his spouse, Maria, urged voters to help him within the canvass.
“Give this man one other probability,” Maria Benjamin mentioned. “Thrice [is] the allure.”
Democrats will select their nominee Tuesday in a firehouse main. The 4 candidates are Joe Morrissey and Jennifer McClellan, each state senators from Richmond; former Del. Joseph Preston, D-Petersburg and businessman Tavorise Marks.
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