Republican Green Beret veteran raises $150,000 in campaign for Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s seat

Republican Green Beret veteran raises $150,000 in campaign for Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s seat

October 10, 2023 06:00 AM

EXCLUSIVE — Republican Derrick Anderson, who is campaigning to take Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s (D-VA) seat in 2024, has raised over $150,000 since launching his bid for Virginia‘s 7th Congressional District two weeks ago.

Virginia’s 7th District is one of several House seats being targeted by the Republican Party as the GOP hopes to secure a wider majority in the lower chamber of Congress. Spanberger has not announced whether she will run for reelection, but Republicans are lining up to flip the seat red.


Anderson’s fundraising total was first shared with the Washington Examiner. A Green Beret veteran who served six tours in the Middle East, Anderson said he is proud of the total as the campaign remains in its early weeks. He launched his campaign on Sept. 18, stating he could “no longer remain silent on the sidelines.”

Derrick Anderson, 2024 congressional candidate for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.

Derrick Anderson campaign

“We started this campaign less than two weeks ago, and I’m pleased to announce that we have seen a strong wave of support from across the district and country,” Anderson said. “Raising more than $150,000 in less than two weeks shows that folks are ready to invest in change. They’re sick of Joe Biden’s failures. I deeply appreciate the support shown so far, and I’m working hard to keep the momentum going.”

Anderson is facing five other Republicans in the primary, including other veterans like former Navy SEAL Cameron Hamilton, Republican Bill Moher, Jon Myers, and Shaliek Tarpley.

Moher’s campaign is reporting a cash-on-hand total of $296,167, while Spanberger remains the top fundraiser with $1,183,614 cash on hand, according to the Federal Election Commission. A spokesperson for Hamilton’s campaign told the Washington Examiner his fundraising totals would be available closer to the filing date for this quarter next week.

Anderson has received endorsements from several national Republicans, including Rep. Derrick Van Orden (R-WI). Reps. Brian Mast (R-FL), an Army veteran, and Mike Waltz (R-FL), the only Green Beret veteran in Congress, have also endorsed Anderson.

“As the first Green Beret elected to Congress, I can personally attest that we need more veterans in DC to keep up the fight against the disastrous policies and leadership of President Biden,” Waltz previously said in his statement. “That’s why I’m proud to endorse Green Beret Derrick Anderson for Congress. Derrick is a true patriot who put his life on the line multiple times to defend America and keep our families safe. He’ll fight for you in Washington just like he fought for you on the battlefield.”


Spanberger is reportedly considering running for governor in 2025 as Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) terms out after this term. Virginia’s 7th District is considered one of several swing seats, so an absence of Spanberger on the ballot could give Republicans an edge in 2024.

Republicans have long blasted Spanberger for her perceived soft-on-crime approach and for always voting for Democratic policies despite her self-described position as a centrist Democrat.