Ivan Raiklin, a D.C. tech startup investor and mentor, is officially running for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia as a Republican candidate, according to his social media profiles on Twitter and LinkedIn and an announcement on Nov. 11.
“Virginians are ready for new leadership, they’re ready for someone who unites us, a leader who has experience the inefficiencies of the federal government firsthand, and will work with others tirelessly to correct that,” Raiklin said in his announcement speech.
Raiklin will be running against incumbent U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in the 2018 mid-term election cycle. The Republican Senate field has been largely empty so far, according to a Washington Post report in September, with only Corey A. Stewart, a fourth-term at-large chairman of the board of supervisors of Prince William County, announcing his campaign so far. The Senate primary elections are set for June 12, 2018.
“I don’t like where the party is heading, so I wanted to focus more on the majority rather than represent the minority,” Raiklin said in an interview with DC Inno Monday. “I don’t want to go all the way to the right, that’s just not me. I want to focus on innovation, and we’ll go from there.”