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Dudenhefer Eyes House Seat

By Potomac Local April 7, 2011 9:30 am

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Mark Dudenhefer

Mark Dudenhefer

North Stafford, Va. –– A well known name in area politics may be exploring a run for a newly created district in the Potomac Communities.

Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Dudenhefer is eying the newly shifted 2nd District Virginia House of Delegates seat, sources say.

Approved last night by Virginia House of Delegates, the 2nd District was shifted to the Potomac Communities from Southwest Virginia after population there has declined in the past 10 years.

The newly shifted district encompasses North Stafford, Quantico and Woodbridge east of U.S. 1.

Dudenhefer on Thursday would not confirm that he is running for the seat, but did say he has been approached about running for the position by various politicians including Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell.

A long proponent of improving transportation in the region, Dudenhefer said if he did run he would focus on improving the Interstate 95 corridor and lowering taxes.

“I take serious these issues of lower taxes and smaller government because I’ve done it. Under my leadership, we passed the first comprehensive plan in Stafford County in 22 years. I have name recognition among fellow Republicans and in North Stafford,” said Dudenhefer.

Dudenhefer was reelected to the Stafford County Board of Supervisors for a second term, this time as chairman, in 2009 beating his democratic opponent with 63 percent of the vote, according to state election records.

He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2004, after 30 years in the service.

Virginia’s Senate must give final approval for the creation of the 2nd District, as well as the state’s overall 2010 redistricting plan passed last night by the House.

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