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Former local political figure will direct Virginia GOP

Shaun Kenney, who has previously chaired Republican groups in Spotsylvania County and the city of Fredericksburg, has been named the Republican Party of Virginia’s executive director.

“Virginia deserves an honest conversation about which vision works best for small businesses, working families, and free enterprise—Obamacare or the Virginia Way?” Kenney said in a statement Wednesday.

Kenney was the communications director for the state GOP in 2007 under then-Chairman Ed Gillespie, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat.

State GOP Chairman Pat Mullins said in a news release that Kenney has the “background and the track record to get the job done.”

“The 2014 election cycle is one of tremendous opportunity,” Mullins stated. “We have the chance to add to our Republican Congressional delegation and send Mark Warner back to the private sector.”

Locally, Kenney had a brief candidacy for Fredericksburg City Council in 2002 but dropped out of the race to support eventual winner Matt Kelly.

He also unsuccessfully challenged Del. Bobby Orrock, R–Caroline, in a Republican primary in 2005. Kenney labeled himself the more conservative candidate in that contest.

Kenney, who no longer lives in the Fredericksburg area, stepped down from the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors at the end of 2013 after serving for one, four-year term.

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