A Harrisonburg-area woman is seeking to become the third candidate for the 25th House of Delegates.
Janice Lee Allen, who previously mounted two unsuccessful congressional challenges, filed paperwork May 13 with state elections officials to enter the race, according to the Rockingham County Voter Registrar’s Office.
Allen has until June 11 to gather the signatures of 125 registered district voters to get on the Nov. 5 general election ballot as an independent candidate, according to the registrar's office.
If successful, she will join Democrat Jennifer Kitchen of Augusta County and Republican Chris Runion of Bridgewater in a three-way race for the 25th District. Kitchen and Runion previously secured their respective party nominations for the seat.
The 25th District includes parts of Augusta, Albemarle and Rockingham counties.
November’s winner will replace Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, in the General Assembly. Landes, who has held the seat since 1996, chose not to seek re-election this year to instead run for Augusta County clerk of court.
Allen could not be reached for comment as of press time Wednesday.
Allen, who lives in Rockingham County just outside Harrisonburg according to online election documents, finished a distant third behind former U.S. Rep. Goodlatte, a Roanoke Republican, and Democratic candidate Sam Rasoul during the 2008 congressional contest. According to the Virginia Department of Elections, Goodlatte won re-election that year with 61.6% of the vote, with Rasoul winning 36.6% and Allen taking just 1.7% of the ballots cast.
In 2016, Allen, running as Janice Allen Boyd, challenged Republican Howard Morgan Griffith for the 9th Congressional seat, which represents much of Southwest Virginia, including Bristol and Martinsville, according to the Roanoke Times. Congressional candidates are not required by the U.S. Constitution to live in the district in which they run, only in the state.
During that race, she was described by the Times as being "pro-life, pro-guns, pro-coal," who supported the platform of then-presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Griffith easily defeated Allen and Democrat Derek Kitts, winning more than 68.5% of the vote.
According to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks campaign financing in state races, Runion — who owns a Harrisonburg sign business — had by far raised the most money as of the March 31 reporting period. Runion had more than $58,000 on hand, while Kitchen had $1,836 and Allen had not reported any campaign contributions, according vpap.org.
Allen, who has been employed in housing-related fields, received an undergraduate degree in political science from Emory and Henry College and a master’s in urban planning from Virginia Tech, the Roanoke Times reported in 2016.