CULPEPER — A Rappahannock County teacher is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 30th District seat in the House of Delegates.
Culpeper resident Traci Dippert, who is an elementary music teacher, announced her candidacy this week for the seat held by longtime incumbent Del. Ed Scott, R-Madison. The election for the state office is Nov. 5, at the same time as those for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.
This is Dippert’s first run for elected office. She is chairman of the Culpeper County Democratic Committee and has been a teacher for 16 years, previously in Culpeper and in upstate New York, where she grew up.
"I would like to be your delegate because I believe Virginia and the 30th District can do better," Dippert said. "In the past, our district has supported delegates who were moderate. Although Ed Scott started out as a moderate, over the years and especially the last two sessions of the General Assembly, he has moved drastically to support the extreme right wing of his party."
The 30th District covers Orange and Madison counties, and most of Culpeper County.
"I believe this area has incredible untapped potential, and deserves a representative with vision to move the 30th District and all of Virginia forward," Dippert said in announcing her candidacy. "The potential is great, the opportunity is here and the time is now. I am ready to be your voice in Richmond."
Dippert holds an undergraduate degree in music education from the State University of New York at Potsdam and a master’s degree in general education from Elmira College.
Del. Scott, a small businessman and Virginia Tech graduate with a background in agriculture, was first elected to represent the 30th District in 2003, when he earned 86 percent of the vote against independent WC Thompson. Scott subsequently ran unopposed in 2005 and 2007 before winning 75 percent of the vote in 2009 against independent Matt Carson. Scott ran unopposed in 2011.
Dippert filed her paperwork with the Virginia Board of Elections Jan. 11 to run in this year’s election. If there are other Democratic applicants for the 30th District seat, a primary will be held June 11.