FIRST ON NBC29: Faulk Out, Boyd In to Challenge Perriello

Cordel Faulk, a former spokesman for the University of Virginia Center for Politics, tells NBC29 he will not seek the GOP nomination to challenge Rep. Tom Perriello (D-5th).

Faulk decided against the bid for office because he plans to pursue another opportunity, which he will detail in the near future; he left his position at the Center for Politics within the last two weeks.

His decision not to run leaves some space in an already crowded field for Republicans.

Entering the fray will be Albemarle County Supervisor Ken Boyd, who e-mailed supporters Monday that he will run for Perriello’s seat.

Boyd told NBC29 that he plans to file paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission and will make a public announcement soon. Boyd said it’s still unclear whether the GOP will opt for a primary or a convention to pick a nominee from the field of candidates.

Three additional candidates have already announced intentions to seek the Republican nomination: Laurence Verga, an Albemarle County businessman; Bradley Rees, a Lynchburg factory worker; and Feda Kidd Morton, a Fluvanna County teacher.

State Sen. Robert Hurt (R-Pittsylvania) is being strongly encouraged to run. Sens. Steve Newman (R-Lynchburg) and Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville) are weighing bids but are deferring to Hurt.

Albemarle Del. Rob Bell is often mentioned as a possible candidate, but Bell has said he’s not interested in the seat.

NBC29’s Henry Graff and Neal Bennett contributed to this report.

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