The Washington Times - August 10, 2011, 12:41PM

Tim Kaine’s got another Democratic challenger for the U.S. Senate from Virginia — and it’s not Rep. Bobby Scott.

Courtney Lynch, a Marine veteran and founding partner of the consulting firm Lead Star, said Wednesday that she’s officially in for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Jim Webb.


Ms. Lynch, a Fairfax Democrat, had previously announced in April that she was considering a run.

Mr. Kaine, a former governor and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has already raised $2.25 million, but Ms. Lynch said she didn’t think she was getting in late in the game.

“I don’t think this is late in the game for a 2012 election,” she said. “Voters aren’t thinking about 2012 and the Senate races right now. I think voters need options.”

“I’m an ordinary citizen — I happen to have extraordinary leadership experiences,” she said. “Voters truly want real leadership in Washington, and they’re tired of petty partisan politics. I’m not going to engage in that kind of finger-pointing.”

Ms. Lynch has unveiled an eight-page “plan of action” that emphasizes jobs creation, fiscal responsibility, and America’s need to lead globally.

Ms. Lynch will join a crowded field that, on the Republican side, includes former Sen. George Allen, tea party leader Jamie Radtke, Chesapeake Bishop E.W. Jackson, Northern Virginia television mogul Timothy Donner, and Hampton Roads attorney David McCormick.