Republican Loudoun County Supervisor Geary Higgins of the Catoctin District and Democratic state Del. John Bell will square off in the 13th Senate District seat race this November after earning their party’s nominations.

The 13th Senate District seat, which is being vacated by the retiring Republican Sen. Dick Black, covers portions of Sterling, Ashburn, western Loudoun County and part of Prince William County.

Higgins on Tuesday won the Republican nomination, defeating board colleague Ron Meyer in the primary with 65 percent of the vote to Meyer’s 35 percent.

Higgins ran to the right of Meyer during the primary, consistently touting his support for President Donald Trump’s border wall, his pro-life views and his support for the Second Amendment.

Addressing supporters Tuesday night, Higgins said he will fight to “protect liberties and quality of life.”

“No one in this room is under the illusion that it’s going to be an easy race,” Higgins, the vice president of Labor Relations for NECA, Inc., said. “For us it’s going to be a tough race. Over the next five months we’re going to be outspent, we’re going to be attacked, but I believe that we will prevail with all your support and enthusiasm that I’ve had today.”

More than 10,000 votes were cast in the 13th District primary.

Bell, a retired Air Force officer, will finish his second term as the representative of the 87th House of Delegates District at the end of the year. The Democrat faced several primary potential challengers early on but eventually won his party’s nomination unopposed. He serves on several committees in the House of Delegates, including Counties Cities and Towns, Militia, Police and Public Safety, and Appropriations, along with several other subcommittees.

The 13th District election is expected to be one of the highest-profile, most-expensive contests in the commonwealth. Black won his 2015 contest over Democrat Jill McCabe by 5.5 percent of the vote and his 2011 race by 14 percent over Shawn Mitchell. In 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won the 13th District vote by 6 percent, and now Gov. Ralph Northam (D) took the 13th by 11 percent in 2017.

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