Jennifer Lewis

News Virginian File

Democrat Jennifer Lewis announced Friday she intends to focus on a second run for Virginia’s 6th Congressional District in 2022.

Lewis, D-Waynesboro, made her first Congressional run in 2018 after Republican Bob Goodlatte announced he would not seek re-election after serving 13 terms.

Lewis earned the Democratic nomination with nearly 48% of the votes over three challengers. Ben Cline, R-Botetourt, defeated Lewis in the General Election with nearly 60% of the overall votes. Cline, who previously served as Goodlatte’s chief of staff, represented the 24th district in the House of Delegates from 2002-2018.

Just mere months after the defeat, Lewis hit the campaign trail again — this time vying for the 20th district seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. The seat was previously held by Richard “Dickie” Bell, R-Staunton, for a decade.

John Avoli, R-Staunton, won with more than 58% of overall votes in the 2019 General Election. A democrat has not represented the 20th district since Whittington Clement’s term from 1988-2002.

Lewis said in a statement Friday that during the 2020 and 2021 election cycles, she plans to “get back to work in the community.”

“While I have decided to not run until 2022, I plan to fully support the 6th District Democratic Nominee and am eager to get involved in the Presidential primary and help my local committee,” she said. “I am dedicated to helping any and all Democratic candidates get elected.”

Cline’s current term in the U.S. House representing Virginia’s 6th Congressional District ends Jan. 3, 2021. His campaign office said Cline is still focused on 2020, but would announce his intentions at a later date.

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