Griffith will run for Congress

RICHMOND – Salem Delegate H. Morgan Griffith will be running for Congress.

With two weeks to go for this year’s session of the Virginia General Assembly, Griffith issued a statement Feb. 26 confirming his intent to seek the Republican nomination for the 9th District seat now held by Democrat Rick Boucher of Abingdon.

Griffith also filed his candidate filing fee with Michelle Jenkins, chairman of the 9th District Republican Committee.

Griffith, who is currently House Majority Leader for the House of Delegates, is seeking the Republican nomination for the Congressional seat at the 9th District Republican Convention on May 22 at Fort Chiswell High School in Max Meadows.

The Salem resident said he plans to delay a formal public announcement of his candidacy until after the General Assembly adjourns for the year.

Griffith represents the Eighth District of Virginia in the House of Delegates which includes Salem and part of Roanoke County. Although he does not live in the 9th Congressional District – which includes Craig County – under election rules Griffith can run for that district because of Congressional Redistricting expected after the 2010 Census.

Salem and Roanoke County and other parts of the 6th Congressional District now are represented by Congressman Bob Goodlatte, who, like Griffith, is a Republican.