By Nathaniel Cline

Catoctin District Supervisor Geary Higgins announced Tuesday that he is running for the state Senate’s 13th District seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Dick Black.

The 13th District covers Ashburn, western Loudoun County and parts of Prince William County.

“Almost every important issue facing residents in Loudoun and Prince William Counties deals with quality of life – high quality schools, less traffic, low crime, low taxes and protection of our liberties,” Higgins said in a prepared statement. “As an eight-year supervisor, chair of the Transportation and Land Use Committee and previous co-chair of the Joint School Board – Board of Supervisors Committee, I have the experience and track record of making government work for our residents not against them. I am running to take my experience and leadership to Richmond on behalf of the residents in Loudoun and Prince William Counties.”

Higgins enters a crowded race vying for the Republican nomination. He’ll go up against Broad Run District Supervisor Ron Meyer (R) and former CIA operations officer and national security executive Mike Buscher.

Del. John Bell (D-87th), financial advisor Lucero Wiley and activist Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos are seeking the Democratic nomination.

If elected, Higgins said he will draw on his budgeting expertise.

“Our budget process is one of the most important issues we deal with on the board,” Higgins said. “I am proud to say, that since my election in 2011, I have been able to work with my Republican colleagues to reduce the tax rate on residents by 20 cents. Just last year our board lowered the tax rate by four cents and was still able to increase school funding by 6.6 percent. I am anxious to take this experience to Richmond on behalf of Loudoun and Prince William residents.”

Higgins quickly picked up support of the region’s well-known and sometimes controversial conservatives.

Sen. Black said in a prepared statement, “I give Geary Higgins my strongest endorsement for the 13th Senate District. Geary Higgins has demonstrated his commitment to defending the unborn and protecting the Second Amendment. He is a conservative statesman who will lead the Republicans to victory in November.”

Former state Del. Bob Marshall (R) added, “Geary Higgins has the governmental experience as a supervisor and the private experience in resolving disputes for business organizations to prudently serve the citizens of the 13th Senate District. Geary is clear and candid. He knows that rights come from our creator, and the first of these is the right to life for the innocent, from conception to natural death.”

Higgins serves as chairman of the Board of Supervisors’ Transportation and Land Use Committee and is a member of the Joint Board of Supervisors/School Board Committee, having previously served as co-chair of that committee. Higgins is also one of two of the board’s representatives on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and serves as the board’s representative on the Loudoun County Agricultural District Advisory Committee and the Annexation Area Development Policy Committee.

Additionally, Higgins served as the Catoctin representative on the Loudoun County School Board from 2000 to 2004.

Higgins is the vice president of Labor Relations for NECA, Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland. In that capacity, he serves on numerous industry-related educational and training boards and as a health care and pension trustee.

With Higgins electing to seek the 13th District seat in the state Senate, Democrat Forest Hayes is currently the only candidate for the Catoctin seat on the Loudoun Board of Supervisors.

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