The somewhat quiet race for the 10th Congressional District is about to pick up steam.
Incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock and her challenger, Democrat Luann Bennett, will face off in a debate hosted by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 6.
The 10th Congressional District is considered a political battleground, with Democratic party leaders counting it among the potential districts they could snatch back from Republicans.
Comstock, of McLean, is in her first term and is the hand-picked successor of Republican Frank Wolf, who retired at the end of his 17th term in 2014. She previously represented the 34th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.
In November’s race, Comstock faces real estate executive Bennett. The Democrat, who also lives in McLean, is one of 19 candidates listed on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” program.
The Loudoun County Chamber is presenting this debate in partnership with the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Greater Reston, Dulles Regional and Prince William County chambers of commerce.
Facing a panel of Loudoun business leaders, the candidates will answer questions about their positions on critical business, economic, and quality of life issues.
“As Loudoun County goes, so goes the race to represent the 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Tony Howard, president of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, stated. “The candidates in this race, Barbara Comstock and Luann Bennett, know this is true, and they understand that this community wants to hear about their vision for growing Virginia’s and our nation’s economy, while preserving our security and our children’s future.”
The event, scheduled for 8-10 a.m. at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, is open to the public. Cost is $50 for chamber members and $75 for non-members. Register at loudounchamber.org.