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In a statement posted on his campaign website, Mr. Trammell, who years ago wrote columns on military history for The Washington Times, said he earlier had considered running for office but “the situation in the 7th and in Washington finally convinced me that change was absolutely necessary.”

He said his first experience in public service began as a contracting assistant for the state of Kentucky in the late 1980s, where he was “ultimately nominated and named an Honorable Kentucky Colonel for his service.” He later returned to his home state of Virginia to become a teacher.