A fifth Republican is now running in the June primary for a chance to challenge incumbent Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) in November.
Bert Mizusawa filed a statement of candidacy on Friday. He is expected to make a formal announcement this week.
Mizusawa went to West Point and graduated first in his class in 1979. He got his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1989. He also has a master’s from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a master’s of strategic studies from Army War College, and was a doctorate MacArthur Fellow in International Security at Harvard.
He was an assistant to Secretary of Navy. He also led teams in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait as a colonel and brigadier general. He also became assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for reserve matters and as a major general commanded the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force in Afghanistan.
Mizusawa was foreign policy and national security adviser to the Trump Campaign and was director of national security policy implementation for the Trump Transition.
He once ran for public office before. In 2010, he ran for Virginia’s 2nd congressional district. He was the third-place finisher with 17 percent of the vote, while Scott Rigell won with 40 percent of the vote.
The four other candidates running in the Republican primary are State Delegate Nick Freitas, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors Corey Stewart, E.W. Jackson, and Ivan Raiklin.