Democrats pick nominee in Va.'s 4th C.D.

May 27, 2004 at 11:42 AM
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WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- Virginia Democrats have turned to 25-year-old Jonathan Menefee to take on veteran U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes in the state's 4th Congressional District.

The human resources director for a trucking company based in Chesapeake, Va., Menefee is a veteran of several political campaigns including U.S. Sen. John Edwards' abortive 2004 campaign for the Democrats' presidential nomination. At 25, he is the minimum age for a candidate for the U.S. House.

Menefee said he supports raising taxes on those who make more than $150,000 a year and lowering them on those who make under $50,000 a year. He also says he is a supporter of abortion rights.

Forbes, a former state Republican party chairman, has represented the district since winning it in a 2001 special election and had only token opposition in 2004. The district went to George Bush in the 2000 presidential election, 54 percent to 44 percent, over former Vice President Al Gore.

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