Second candidate declares candidacy in the 5th District

As I reported here a few weeks ago, Dr. Peyton Williams is running for Congress from Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. Now he has company.

John Douglass, a retired Air Force General, has declared that he will run in the 5th as well, changing from his original intention to run against Frank Wolff in the 10th Congressional District.

With the Circuit Court decision last week that makes the redistricting plan closer to reality, Mr. Douglass is going to be residing in the new portion of the 5th District. The plan for the 5th extends the boundaries of the district to within one county of Maryland, and will mean the Congressman from the 5th will be representing people from such disparate areas as Danville and the Washington, DC exurbs.

Douglass ended 2011 with about $170,00 in his campaign coffers, roughly $300,000 less than Robert Hurt.

Here is a statement from General Douglass’ campaign manager, Gary Ritterstein:

“General Douglass will be traveling through each county to talk about his vision for Virginia — where we invest in better schools for our kids like his two sons, protect our safety net for those like his 90-year-old mother-in-law and pass on a growing economy to our next generation, led by small businesses like his family farm in Fauquier County,” Douglass campaign manager Gary Ritterstein said in a statement.

Hat tip to Roll Call.