The Republican Party formally announced Monday Jan. 16 that its nominee for the 97th House of Delegates race will be Christopher K. Peace, of Mechanicsville, for the Special Election Tuesday Jan. 24 to replace Sen. Ryan McDougle.
â€œChris Peace has the common sense conservative values, legislative experience, and vision for the future that our Party expects in its leaders,â€ said James L. Jenkins, Jr., Republican Chairman of the 97th Legislative District Committee. â€œLong before this Special Election was called, Chris Peace was fighting for lower taxes, better health care for seniors, and keeping our children safe. He has a long history of service to Virginiaâ€™s working families.â€
The 97th House District comprises all of New Kent County and parts of Caroline, Hanover, Henrico, King & Queen, King William and Spotsylvania counties.
â€œChris will continue strengthening the Republican Party in the General Assembly, which includes Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, Sen. Ryan McDougle, and my father,â€ said Stewart Hargrove, chairman of the Hanover Republican Committee. â€œChris Peace is a man we all know and trust who brings conservative leadership to the state of Virginia. Now itâ€™s incumbent on all Republicans in the 97th District to assert one of their most precious rights â€“ the right to vote â€“ on Tuesday Jan. 24.â€
Peace is a government relations consultant at McGuireWoods Consulting, where he has worked closely with legislators on both sides of the aisle to fully repeal the death tax, protect children from predators on the internet and get better benefits for retired teachers. As elaborated on ChrisPeace.com, Peace has also specific plans for better schools, senior health care, protecting 2nd Amendment freedoms, supporting veterans, and defending families through pro-life measures and defense of traditional marriage.
Locally, he worked to successfully defeat new meals and food taxes in Hanover and Henrico. Heâ€™s an experienced worker for Republican principles of limited government â€“ working for Eric Cantor and George W. Bush, among others -- and serves his community on numerous volunteer and appointed boards.