A week before Del. Joseph D. Morrissey (D-Henrico) faces a judge on charges of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenager, a 29-year-old Sunday school teacher from Glen Allen announced he will challenge Morrissey for his seat next year.
Matt Walton intends to run as a Republican, and quietly launched his campaign website over the weekend. Walton will make his first public appearance Dec. 15 in front of the Henrico County Courthouse. The event will coincide with the day Del. Morrissey’s trial begins.
“I’ve decided to run for the House of Delegates because I see a bright future for the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Walton writes on his campaign homepage. “I want an education system that promotes critical thinking and prepares students for a dynamic job market.”
Walton has mulled a run for the 74th District for months now, and will be able to start receiving petition signatures Jan. 1, 2015. The first candidate declarations and petitions must be filed with the Va. Department of Elections March 26 at 5:00 p.m.
According to his campaign website, Walton is a technology and engineering teacher at Glen Allen High School in Henrico County. He also serves as the high school’s head girl’s track coach.
"Del. Morrissey congratulates Mr. Walton and welcomes him into the political arena," said Morriessy's office late Monday. "He is looking forward to a robust debate during his reelection campaign."
Kevin J. Sullivan, a retired employee of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Williamsburg also recently launched his campaign website for a Democratic primary challenge against Morrissey.
"Our current Delegate in the 74th district campaigns on a pledge of 'fighting for you,'" Sullivan writes on his website. "I believe that we need more than that. We need representation that not only fights for constituent interests, but also is capable of negotiating agreements with opponents."
Sullivan currenly lives in Charles City County where he manages a small farm.