Democrat announces bid for Bell's seat - staff report from the News Virginian
The Republican District Committee announced on Wednesday that Bell had secured the GOP nomination for this year's race, and at that time, it appeared his only challenger in the November election would be Libertarian candidate Will Hammer. Bell and Hammer were the only candidates on the ballot in the 2015 race, with the incumbent easily winning with more than 70 percent of the vote.
Now, though, it appears Edwards will make it a three-way race. The Staunton resident works for Partners Worldwide, an organization that seeks to end poverty. She is married to Wally Edwards, has two children, and is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church.
Edwards announced her candidacy at the Augusta County Courthouse on Thursday.
" You know, someone said to me recently that it would be a cold day in hell before an incumbent in Virginia’s 20 th district would be beaten, so I chose a cold day in Staunton, Virginia, to announce my plans to do just that, " she joked, injecting some levity in a reference to the fact that unseating a Republican in the conservative district will be no easy task. But Edwards said she is up to the challenge.