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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Wolf may have competition for U.S. House seat; B1

By Garren Shipley
(Daily Staff Writer)

It looks like 10th District Rep. Frank Wolf will have some competition in his run for a 14th consecutive term.

Judy Feder, the dean of the Georgetown University Public Policy institute, is apparently seeking the Democratic nod to run against the incumbent Republican to represent the Northern Virginia-Northern Shenandoah Valley district in the 110th Congress.

Feder has said in recent published reports that she was considering a run challenging Wolf, but the Fairfax County resident recently put up a Web site,, which is billed as her official campaign page.

Calls to Feder’s office and campaign headquarters weren’t immediately returned on Monday, but the candidate has briefly laid out her reasons for running on her newly minted site.

“The past few years have been hard for our country,” she says. “But instead of addressing our problems, the people running the federal government have spent their time and our money serving special interests.”

“As a mother who has raised two children in our community, I know what matters to Virginia’s families,” Feder says. “As a leader in the fight for affordable health care, I know what reasonable steps government can take to improve our lives. And as a teacher of the next generation of public leaders, I know what it takes to make government effective and accountable.”

Feder, who holds a doctorate from Harvard University, has been a member of Georgetown’s faculty since 1984 and has published a number of papers on matters of the uninsured, Medicare and Medicaid.

She also has federal government experience. Feder spend three years as the principal deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration.

Feder joins Libertarian candidate Bill Wood in the effort to displace Wolf. Wood, an optician in Winchester, won his party’s nomination late last year.

The Libertarian nominee also has an Internet presence, at
Wolf kicked off his re-election bid Friday at an event in Northern Virginia, and has his own site up and running,

The last Democratic candidate to oppose Wolf was James Socas, whose 2004 bid ended in an almost 2-to-1 victory for Wolf.

The incumbent Republican got 64 percent of the vote to Socas’ 36 percent.

The Northern Shenandoah Valley’s other congressman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-6th, hasn’t yet made a formal announcement of his intentions in the 2006 race, but staffers said Monday he would seek an eighth term.

Goodlatte hasn’t been challenged in a November contest since 1998, when he defeated David Bowers.