A fifth Republican is now running in the June primary for a chance to challenge U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., in November.

Bert Mizusawa, a former major general in the Army, Trump campaign adviser and surrogate and member of the presidential transition, filed a statement of candidacy on Friday. He is expected to make a formal announcement this week.

Mizusawa will join: Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors; E.W. Jackson, a minister in Chesapeake; Nick Freitas, a state delegate from Culpeper; and Ivan Raiklin, a veteran from Northern Virginia.

Mizusawa’s entry could present a challenge for Stewart, the dissident Republican who is loyal to President Donald Trump, thrives on controversial statements and nearly won the GOP nomination for governor last year.

Stewart announced his run for U.S. Senate just a month after he nearly toppled Ed Gillespie in the June 2017 primary for governor, and he hasn’t stopped campaigning since.

Mizusawa will present himself to GOP primary voters as a candidate who can beat Kaine in a general election.

Mizusawa, who lives in the McLean area of Fairfax County, has a long résumé beginning with Army service in Italy and at the Korean Demilitarized Zone in the 1980s.

He was class valedictorian in 1979 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He earned a master’s from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a law degree from Harvard Law School, was a doctorate MacArthur Fellow in International Security at Harvard, and earned a master’s of strategic studies from Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.

He worked as a corporate lawyer on Wall Street in the early 1990s and worked on the staff of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and was special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.

He was president of a firm called Innovative Technology Application Inc. from 2001 to 2004.

He returned to the military, leading teams in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait as a colonel and brigadier general, 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.

In 2015 and 2016 Mizusawa was foreign policy and national security adviser to Trump and after the November 2016 election was director of national security policy implementation for the Trump transition, responsible for translating campaign commitments into actionable plans for defense and intelligence agencies, according to his resume.

He also is the founder and president of a consulting corporation called Paxcentric Inc., according to his résumé.

Mizusawa has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge and Army Staff Badge.

His filing for the Senate run was first reported by the liberal blog Blue Virginia.


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