Del. Scott Surovell (D-44) used his blog and e-newsletter to make his intention known: Less than a week after Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36) announced she would not look to serve another term, Surovell declared he would run for the vacant seat on Sunday, Jan. 18.
Surovell joins Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman (R) in the running; Foreman released his plan Dec. 29, 2014.
“The vacancy created by the decision of Sen. Toddy Puller not to seek re-election is a huge loss for our part of Northern Virginia,” Surovell said in his statement. “Over 23 years, Senator Puller was a relentless advocate for U.S. 1, education, veterans and the less fortunate.”
Though Surovell can’t begin fundraising for his campaign during the General Assembly session, his announcement put out the word for supporters and volunteers, expressing that he’s moving forward with everything he’s allowed.
“I am taking the steps necessary to succeed Senator Puller in the 36th District of the Virginia State Senate,” his statement said.
Surovell, 43, works as a trial lawyer full time and lives in Mount Vernon. He’s an alumnus of West Potomac High School and James Madison University.