BY JIM NOLAN
Prince William Del. Scott Lingamfelter is running for Lieutenant Governor.
The conservative Republican filed an electronic statement of organization with the Virginia State Board of Elections Monday Morning, according to the Virginia Public Access Project , a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics.
Lingamfelter becomes the second GOP candidate to enter the race along with fellow Prince William Republican Corey Stuart.
A 61-year-old retired colonel in the U.S. Army, Lingamfelter has represented the 31st House District since 2002. He graduated Benedictine High School in Richmond and the Virginia Military Institute.
Lingamfelter recent made news with his vocal opposition to the nomination of openly gay prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland to fill a Richmond General District Court judgeship.
According to VPAP, Lingamfelter’s campaign accepted its first donation June 2. Lingamfelter’s campaign finance report will be due July 16.
The filing comes right after Republicans on the party’s state central committee voted to switch the nominating process for the 2013 statewide slate from a primary to a convention. Conventions are generally less costly to run for candidates than statewide primaries.
Currently Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg and Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, as well as Fairfax County Court Clerk John Frey are seeking the GOP nomination for Virginia Attorney General.
The current attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, is challenging Lt. Governor Bill Bolling for the party’s gubernatorial bid.