Court clerk to vie for Goodlatte’s seat

The clerk of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Circuit Court intends to run for U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s seat in Congress next year.

Chaz W. Haywood announced his plans Tuesday to seek the Republican Party nomination to run in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District in 2018. Haywood was elected to his first, 8-year term as clerk in 2007. Haywood, 47, worked as an aide to Goodlatte and later to former Republican U.S. Sen. George Allen before his election to the clerk post.

Goodlatte announced Nov. 9 he would not seek re-election after serving 13 consecutive two-year terms representing the district that stretches from Shenandoah and Warren counties to the Roanoke area along the Interstate 81 corridor.

Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge County, and Cynthia Dunbar, a Bedford County resident and Virginia’s national committeewoman on the Republican National Committee, have also announced plans to seek the party’s nomination.