News release: Mark Peake today declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the State Senate from the 22nd District of Virginia. An attorney with Caskie & Frost and a former chairman of the Lynchburg Republican City Committee, Peake said his intention is to succeed Senator Tom Garrett of Buckingham in representing the district that includes a large portion of Lynchburg and the entirety of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Goochland, Fluvanna, Prince Edward, and a portion of Louisa. Garrett is seeking the Republican nomination to succeed U.S. Representative Robert Hurt, Republican of Chatham, in the 5th Congressional District. Rep. Hurt will be retiring from Congress at the end of 2016.
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Peake is well known in Republican circles across the Commonwealth and describes himself as “a commonsense social and fiscal conservative.” He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Washington & Lee Law School. Peake and his wife, Lila, are parents of five children, four of whom are quadruplets, 18 years-of-age, and a younger daughter, 16.
Peake served on the Commonwealth Transportation Board by appointment of former Governor Bob McDonnell, and he has been active in numerous congressional and statewide campaigns for Republican candidates for a quarter-century. Peake announced that already he has raised nearly $25,000.00 in donations from more than 50 individuals.
Peake emphasized that his candidacy hinges on Senator Garrett being successful in his campaign for the 5th District seat in Congress. Should Senator Garrett win in November, a special election would be scheduled to elect a member of the State Senate to succeed Garrett in time for the 2017 General Assembly.
During 2016, Peake intends to conduct a full-bore campaign on behalf of the Republican candidate for President as well as Republican congressional candidates.