Martha Boneta, a Paris farm owner and popular figure in conservative Republican circles, announced on a radio show last week she will run to fill the unexpired state Senate term of Jill Holtzman Vogel if Vogel is elected lieutenant governor on Nov. 7.
Should Vogel lose, Boneta said she won’t run against Vogel in the 2019 election if she is seeks re-election to a full four-year term because “she is doing a fine job” representing the people in the 27th District.
Boneta’s comments were made during an interview Friday on the John Fredericks Show, a radio program.
She told Fredericks and his audience that it was “absolutely true” she will run for the state Senate seat if it becomes vacant.
“I love Virginia will all my heart. It’s where I was raised and where my friends raised their families. To have the opportunity to serve the people of Virginia in the 27th is something I would be honored and privileged to do. It would be a privilege to wake up and serve,” Boneta said.
Fredericks said that he was giving a “100 percent full-throated endorsement” of Boneta, should she run. He noted that she is a member of the Citizens for the Republic, an organization formed by Ronald Reagan before he became president. The organization’s website lists her as executive president. The group’s purpose is to “revitalize the conservative movement” and support the tenets of limited government, maximum personal freedom and “peace through strength.”
Fredericks said Boneta has made a name for herself in “fighting big government and eminent domain.”
Boneta hosted then vice presidential candidate Mike Pence and Virginia Republican candidates on the ballot at an event on her farm in September 2016.
Boneta said the head of President Trump’s election operation in Virginia is advising her nascent campaign.
The 27th Senate District consists of all of Fauquier, Clarke and Frederick counties, all of the city of Winchester, and parts of Culpeper, Loudoun and Stafford counties.
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