Former Green Beret launches campaign in Virginia to flip competitive Democrat seat in House

A former US Army Special Forces Green Beret named Derrick Anderson (R-Va.) has just announced that he will take on Democrats in his state and attempt to flip one of 2024’s most competitive congressional seats red.

(Video Credit: Derrick Anderson for VA)

“Republican Derrick Anderson, who served six tours of duty throughout the Middle East as part of the Global War on Terror, told Fox News Digital he could ‘no longer remain silent on the sidelines.’ Anderson added he is running to bring leadership to Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, which he argues is lacking under Democrat Rep. Abigail Spanberger,” Fox News reported.

He asserts he can’t just stand by while President Joe Biden and Democrats finish off the country he loves.

“I have spent my life serving this country overseas, including combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Watching President Biden and Washington Democrats squander 22 years of sacrifices made by our service members and their families was the final straw for me,” Anderson said, referring to the catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“President Biden and career politicians are putting politics and their own gains in front of fighting for what’s best for the American people: safer streets, better-paying jobs and cheaper goods, a secure border, and an education system that teaches our children how to think, not what to think,” he continued.

Anderson served in the Army from 2006 to 2014. He first attempted to run for Congress in 2022 and was narrowly beaten by former congressional candidate Yesli Vega. A former CIA operative named Abigail Spanberger defeated Vega in the general election by less than 5%. Doing so secured her third term. Anderson believes it is long past time for a change.

Politico reported that Spanberger is planning on running for governor in 2025. The media outlet says she will not run for a fourth term in Congress.

“Virginia’s 7th Congressional District has remained one of the Republican Party’s top targets to flip from the Democrats and is, once again, considered a potential swing district going into the 2024 elections. A potential absence of Spanberger on the ballot could make that more obtainable and Anderson feels he is the candidate who can finally move Republicans across the finish line,” Fox News noted.

“Though I no longer wear a United States Army uniform, it does not mean I can no longer serve this nation. I pledge to be the representative the people of Virginia’s 7th District deserve and are owed,” he told Fox News in an exclusive interview. “I will run a tireless, heartfelt, and genuine campaign the people of the 7th district, the place that raised me, can be proud of.”

Anderson just released a campaign video that talks about his childhood mopping floors and washing dishes in his mother’s local Spotsylvania County restaurant. He then went to Virginia Tech on an ROTC scholarship and was the first in his family to graduate college.

“I’m running for Congress to fight for you, and to serve the country I love once again,” he contended, and he’s got a long list of policies he intends to target if elected.

Anderson is one of five Republicans jockeying for the nomination in his district.

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