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FARMVILLE, VA – This weekend the 22nd District Republican Committee hosted a convention at Hampden-Sydney College to nominate Congressman-elect Tom Garrett’s successor in the Virginia Senate.

After a round of speeches from 2017 candidates including Ed Gillespie and Bryce Reeves, 22nd Senatorial District candidates Mark Peake and Ken Peterson took the stage to make their final pitch to delegates.

As results were finalized, Peake emerged as the victor. In an admirable and humble motion for party loyalty, Ken Peterson requested that the delegates nominate Mark Peake with unanimous consent.

Following Peake’s victory, Congressman-elect Tom Garrett issued the following statement:

“Heading into this weekend, I was confident that the 22nd District would continue to have a conservative champion ready to best represent the interests of this amazing district. I have known Mark for years and wholeheartedly believe in his ability to lead and serve. I would like to take this opportunity to endorse Mark enthusiastically and I look forward to working with him in service to the people of Virginia. I would also like to commend Ken Peterson for both his record of conservative leadership in Goochland and his willingness to serve the 22nd District.”

The special election for the 22nd seat will take place on January 10 with the Republican nominee favored by several points. Congressman-elect Garrett officially swears in on January 3.