HARRISONBURG — Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, is running for re-election in the fall.
Landes announced Monday he has filed paperwork with the 25th Legislative District Republican Committee to run in the Nov. 7 election.
The 25th House District covers southern Rockingham, northeastern Augusta and western Albemarle counties. Landes represents Bridgewater, Mount Crawford and Grottoes in Rockingham County.
He serves as vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and is chairman of the House Education Committee.
Landes, who is finishing his 11th two-year term in the House of Delegates, said “there’s still projects that we’ve started that I’d like to see completed.”
The 57-year-old cited Medicaid reform, economic development and high school redesign as his main goals in Richmond.
Landes said he wants to continue working on a plan to revamp Virginia high schools.
Legislators are working to create two paths for high school students to take in their junior and senior years.
Landes said the change would roll back Virginia’s Standards of Learning tests to ninth or 10th grade and allow students to choose a college or career path. The standardized tests are used to measure academic achievement.
Removing the SOL requirements for juniors and seniors is a central part of the plan, Landes said, which creates more time for students to focus on a career path.
“The last two years of high school there’s just not as much opportunity for that,” he said.
Students who plan to attend college would be able to take more advanced placement classes and dual-enrollment classes at community colleges. Those who don’t plan to attend college would have more time to take apprenticeship classes.
“By the time they get to high school graduation they could be employed,” he said.
Landes said legislators started working on the plan in 2016, and pilot programs could begin in the next few years.
Since first taking office in 1996, Landes has handily dispatched five challengers. He defeated his most recent challenger, Albemarle County Democrat Angela Lynn, with 66 percent of the vote in 2015.
Only twice — 2015 and his first election to the seat in 1995 — has Landes received less than 70 percent of the vote.
“I hope to once again earn the trust of the voters this November to return to Richmond as their representative in the House of Delegates,” he said in a statement.
Landes works as community liaison for Home Instead Senior Care of Staunton, according to his website. He has also worked as vice president of market development for Luray-based Blue Ridge Bank and community relations coordinator for DuPont Community Credit Union.
It’s unclear if any Democrats have filed to run for the seat or if Landes will have any opposition for the Republican nomination.
Other lawmakers representing the central Valley in the House of Delegates, Republican Dels. Tony Wilt of Broadway, Todd Gilbert of Woodstock, Rob Bell of Albemarle and Dickie Bell of Staunton, have not formally announced plans to seek re-election.
The central Valley’s Senators — Republicans Mark Obenshain of Rockingham County and Emmett Hanger of Mount Solon — are not up for re-election this year.
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