Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, is running for Virginia’s seventh Congressional district in an attempt to unseat Democratic Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger.
In an announcement on the John Fredericks Show, Freitas said that Spanberger campaigned as a moderate, but has consistently voted in line with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership.
“I don’t think that’s what the Seventh District was expecting when they voted her in in the first place and I think it’s time that we need to take back the Seventh District for a conservative voice,” Freitas said.
The campaign released a video in which Freitas touted his military experience and said the nation is at a crossroads and needs someone courageous in Congress. Freitas has generally received support from the libertarian wing of the Republican Party because of his support for occupational licensing reform, criminal justice reform and non-interventionist military policies.
Freitas had an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate in 2018, losing in the primary to Corey Stewart, who fashioned himself as a Trump-style Republican. Stewart made defending the state’s confederate monuments one of the main issues of his campaign and defended President Donald Trump on immigration and trade policies.
Although Freitas initially distanced himself from fully embracing Trump, he has been critical of the Democratic attempt to impeach the president, including criticizing Spanberger for supporting it in a district that could swing red.
Spanberger is a freshman Congresswoman who unseated former Republican Rep. Dave Brat in 2018 with 50.3 percent of the vote to Brat’s 48.4 percent. Brat had been elected in 2014 after defeating former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary. Cantor had held the seat since 2001.