For Immediate Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Today, Scott Taylor officially announced that he is running again for the Second Congressional District seat which he lost to Elaine Luria in 2018. News initially broke almost a full month ago that Taylor was planning to make this move, but Loyola’s supporters have only doubled down on their commitment to the 30-year Navy Veteran and retired Captain in the wake of that news.

“This news does not change the fact that Ben Loyola is the frontrunner and the strongest candidate to defeat Elaine Luria,” campaign spokesman Peter Finocchio said. “Scott Taylor had his chance and failed. The issues that plagued his 2018 campaign will cause him to lose again. He also failed to stand up for conservative principles, often voting with lobbyists and Washington Democrats over the interests of his own constituents. The Second District needs a committed conservative leader who will unite Republicans and defeat Elaine Luria in November. That candidate is Ben Loyola.”

“I’m overwhelmed by the immense support we have received from every part of the Second District and every segment of the Republican Party,” Loyola added. “I look forward to winning the Republican nomination in June and defeating Elaine Luria in November.”

The ever-growing list of endorsements for Ben Loyola includes:

Former Congressman Scott Rigell
Former Congressman Randy Forbes
Former Senator Jeff McWaters
Senator Bill DeSteph
Senator John Cosgrove
Delegate Glenn Davis
Delegate Emily Brewer
Delegate Jay Leftwich
Colleen Holcomb, Candidate for Delegate, 91st District
Paul Muhly, Accomack County Board of Supervisors
Harrison Phillips, Accomack County Board of Supervisors
Beverly Leatherbury, Northampton County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Jack Thornton, Northampton County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
Jeffrey Wassmer, York County Board of Supervisors
Louis Jones, Virginia Beach City Council
John Moss, Virginia Beach City Council
Laura Hughes, Virginia Beach School Board
Carolyn Weems, Virginia Beach School Board
Vicky Manning, Virginia Beach School Board
Kim Melnyk, Virginia Beach School Board
Mary Leedom, Colonial Soil and Water Conservation Board
Wes Edwards, Accomack County
Rob Stubbs, Northampton County
Wayne Holcomb, Poquoson
Bob Heffley, Hampton
Noel West, York County
and many other leaders and activists.

Ben Loyola and his family fled Communist Cuba for America when he was just two years old. He gave back to his country through 30 years of service in the United States Navy, retiring at the rank of Captain. As the founder and owner of Loyola Enterprises, Ben has continued to provide vital support to our military, equipping them with state-of-the-art simulation, cyber security, information technology, and knowledge management for training, analysis, and operations. Ben is once again answering the call to service. As Congressman, Ben will protect the American Dream that has been so central to his own story and deliver results for the Second District.