Bennett emerges as Democrats’ candidate in 10th

The chairwoman of the Democrats’ 10th Congressional District Committee has announced that LuAnn Bennett is the party’s presumptive nominee against U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean, in this year’s general election.

Patsy Brown said Wednesday that Bennett, a real estate executive, was the only candidate to submit filing papers by the Monday deadline. Candidates were required to submit at least 1,000 signatures.

“She turned in more than 2,000, and I had a team of people helping me verify them,” Brown said of the signatures on Bennett’s filing papers.

The 10th District has been a fiercely contested battleground for both parties in recent presidential and statewide elections. Democrats were optimistic about winning the House seat when long-time incumbent Republican Frank Wolf of Vienna announced his retirement in late 2013.

But Comstock, a former member of the House of Delegates, U.S. Justice Department official and aide to Wolf, easily defeated Democrat John Foust, a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

The district runs from the West Virginia border eastward through the Winchester area and parts of Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties.

Bennett is president and owner of the Bennett Group, a real estate development, construction and property management firm in Washington, D.C.

This year will be her first campaign for public office. Her government experience has included an appointment by former Gov. Tim Kaine in 2008 to the Climate Change Commission for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has also served on the Virginia Health Care Foundation and Charity Works Advisory Board.

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