Former Arlington candidate bids for state senate in Shenandoah Valley | news/arlington

A quarter century after running for the lower house of the Arlington legislature, John Massoud is now seeking a seat in his upper house, representing the Shenandoah Valley.

Massoud, a taxi company executive, launched a bid for the state’s newly redesigned 1st Senate District, which includes parts of Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties and the city of Winchester.

General elections won’t be held until November 2023, but because General Assembly districts have been redrawn — sometimes drastically — candidates are already lining up to make their names known to the public.

In campaign literature, Massoud describes himself as “a constitutional conservative who will not bow to pressure from special interests.”

In 1997, Massoud was the Republican nominee in the 48th House District, which included part of Fairfax County but was centered in Arlington. In the general election, he won 36% of the vote against 58% for Democrat Bob Brink and 6% for Reform Party candidate RD “Dick” Smith.

The win was Brink’s first; he would continue to represent the district until he was selected for a position in the McAuliffe administration in 2014. Currently, Brink chairs the State Board of Elections. The 48th District is currently represented by Democrat Rip Sullivan.

Massoud has been active in politics in the Shenandoah Valley, serving on the Strasbourg City Council and chairing the Republican Committee for the 6th Congressional District.

His candidacy for the position was recently endorsed by Republican National Committee members Morton Blackwell and Patti Lyman. “It’s refreshing to see a candidate seeking grassroots support to lead his committee,” they said in a statement.

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