By Joe Beck
Mark Berg, a retired doctor turned tea party activist, swept to victory Tuesday in the race for House Delegate from the 29th District.
With all 25 precincts reporting, Berg, of Winchester, led Larry Yates, also of Winchester, 65-34 percent.
Berg, 55, began his path to victory with a win over 20-year veteran Del. Beverly Sherwood in the Republican primary. He drew on tea party support in defeating Sherwood and continued to emphasize issues near and dear to the movement in the general election.
His website listed staunch opposition to the Affordable Care Act, abortion and taxes among his main concerns.
Yates, 63, a long time social justice activist, portrayed himself as a conciliator and promised on his website he would "go to the General Assembly with a practical problem- solving approach, not a dramatic script to follow."
Yates ran a low budget campaign spending $4,562 and raising $16,016 in this election cycle, according to campaign finance statements filed with state Board of Elections.
Election board filings showed Berg's campaign had $94,596 available and spent $77,003 during the same period.
Berg said the outcome of the election left him "humbled" and "honored."
He cited tax reform and what he called the "perennial" anti-abortion personhood legislation as among the first issues he will be studying over the next few weeks.
"It was a pretty decent campaign, pretty straightforward," Berg said. "I don't think it was too polarizing. I think the people got a pretty good representation of who was there, and I'm honored they chose me."
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