As we reported on Virginia Virtucon earlier in the month, Richmond School Board member Glen Sturtevant has been gathering powerful endorsements in his quest to succeed John Watkins in Virginia’s 10th Senate District.  These endorsements and Glen’s significant grass-roots work have paid big dividends as his challengers Steve Thomas and Bruce Tyler have bowed out of the nomination contest.  This paves the way for for Sturtevant to glide to a nomination by acclamation and lets him focus on the real battle: the general election this November.

Sturtevant had nice things to say about both his former competitors in an e-mailed statement regarding the two withdrawals:

Speaking about State Centeral Member Steve Thomas, Sturtevant remarked, “This morning, Steve Thomas announced that he will withdraw his name from consideration for the Republican nomination for State Senate in the 10th district. I would like to congratulate Steve and his family on his exciting new career opportunity in Texas. I would also like to thank Steve for his contributions to this race.  He has been an important and effective conservative voice for many years in Virginia, including during his service as 3rd district representative to the Republican Party State Central Committee.  I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Regarding former Richmond City Counsel member Bruce Tyler, Glenn had even more to say: “For years, Bruce Tyler has dedicated himself to serving the people of Richmond. As a councilman, small businessman, and an engaged and committed member of the Richmond-area community, Bruce has rightly earned a reputation as a man of character and dedication. I know today’s decision was not an easy one for him. Anyone who steps into the arena of public service sacrifices greatly and I truly respect Bruce for all that he has done, and all that I know he will continue to do for the people of our region in the years ahead.”

“I have spoken to Bruce. I thanked him for his endorsement and I told him I look forward to working together now to move forward as a united and strong Republican Party into what is a critical election this November for Powhatan, Chesterfield, Richmond and all of Virginia. Our Commonwealth faces many challenges. I’m running to bring a common-sense conservative voice to the General Assembly to stand up for taxpayers, make state government more accountable and efficient, and provide new educational opportunities for all students, in all schools. I look forward to continuing to share that positive message and that vision with voters in Powhatan, Chesterfield and Richmond in the weeks and months ahead.”

The deadline to file for the nomination is this Thursday, and it is highly unlikely that anyone will challenged Sturtevant in a nomination contest.

This is GOP politics at its best, with a unified front and a candidate the many factions of the party can get behind leading the way.  Considering the importance of the 10th Senate race this fall, and the increasingly purple nature of the district this is very good news for the Republican Party in Virginia. Congrats to Glen and thank you to Steve and Bruce for their efforts in running and class in withdrawing.