Scott Taylor, a popular figure in Virginia Beach politics and nationally for his observations on national security, has declared his candidacy for delegate in Virginia’s 85th District to replace the retiring Del. Bob Tata.
“I would be honored to follow [Tata's] example of dedicated and selfless service in Richmond. I am running because I am ready to serve,” Taylor says in his release.
He also mentions a key endorsement right from the start – Virginia Beach Delegate Bob Purkey:
“Proven leadership is vital in today’s complex world. Virginia and America have a long history of superb leaders. They come in all shapes, sizes, genders, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. Superb leaders have been tested many times and excelled. They will continue to be tested.
“Intellect, compassion, integrity, courage, tenacity, love of country, and the desire to help others are required qualities. Scott Taylor passes these tests with flying colors. To know Scott is to know a leader. America has been served and will continue to be well-served by Scott Taylor.
“Please join me and his countless friends in helping Scott Taylor in his House of Delegates election campaign. Virginia and America need him in the game.” — Delegate Bob Purkey
Taylor lists as some of his experiences for the job:
* Member of the Virginia War Memorial Board of Trustees; Appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell
* Small Business Owner
* Iraq War Veteran
* Tireless advocate for national security and veterans’ issues
* Frequent guest on Fox News an other national news programs
* Graduate of Old Dominion University Government Contracting Certificate program and current student studying at Harvard University, through its Extension School.
So far, Attorney Gary Byler and School Board Member Patrick Salyer have also entered this race for the Republican nomination.