Webert to run for re-election

Del. Michael Webert

Del. Michael Webert, R-Marshall, has announced he is running for re-election in his district that includes all of Rappahannock County and parts of Warren, Fauquier, and Culpeper counties.

Webert has had a smooth ride so far for re-election. He filed the paperwork for the Republican primary ballot on March 19, and the deadline passed a few days later with no other GOP candidates emerging.

So far, no Democrats have declared their candidacy in the 18th House District, although they have until June to do so.

Webert said the lack of an opponent can be taken several ways.

“It would be nice to go unopposed,” he said. “It would be helpful to work on the legislative agenda and a few other things, get those things squared away sooner instead of running a campaign, but it’s always good to have a choice.

“If Democrats choose to run a candidate, I always welcome the dialogue.”

Webert, 35, is seeking his third term.

He cited a transportation bill passed this year as a major achievement for Warren County and other rural counties that will now be eligible for a greater share of state money.

“There will be more money for potholes, which we would all like to see filled,” Webert said.

Webert said he entered the General Assembly committed to legislation that will help farmers and small business people and plans to continue following the same agenda if he is re-elected in November.

“That’s what I ran on,” Webert said. “That’s what I have worked on and, we will continue to do so.”

Webert’s committee assignments include Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources; Militia Police and Public Safety; and Counties Cities and Towns.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com