Betts To Oppose Cline

Betts To Oppose Cline


Freshman Congressman Ben Cline will have a challenger in his bid to win a second term this fall.

In a virtual convention on Saturday, Nicholas Betts, a Lexington resident who graduated from the Washington and Lee University School of Law last year, was named the Democratic nominee to run for Virginia’s sixth congressional seat.

“I’ve always been interested in serving the public,” said Betts, who sought the Democratic nomination to run for Cline’s old seat in the House of Delegates in 2018, just after Cline was elected to Congress. “I’ve been involved in the local Democratic Party ever since [that earlier race].”

He said he feels strongly that voters in the Sixth District should have a choice this fall in deciding who will represent them in Congress. He said the COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear how important access to health care is – “It should be a right, a necessity.” Student loan debt is another issue he’s anxious to tackle. “Zero interest rates should be permanent.” He said it’s his hope that “all Americans can share equally in the recovery from the pandemic.”

A native of Montgomery County, Md., Betts holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been a Virginia resident since entering VCU as a freshman. He works as a law clerk for a Roanoke firm. His wife, Lindsey Betts, works for a medical supplies company.

Cline secured the Republican nomination earlier to run for reelection on Nov. 3. Prior to being elected to Congress, Cline, who grew up in Rockbridge County and graduated from Lexington High School, served 16 years representing the 24th District in the House of Delegates. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College and a law degree from the University of Richmond. He and his wife Elizabeth live in Botetourt County with their two daughters.

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