Democrat Abigail Spanberger launched her first TV ad Thursday in the primary race to challenge Rep. Dave Brat, R-7th.

Spanberger, a former CIA officer, faces Democrat Dan Ward in the June 12 primary. Brat is seeking a third term in the district, which includes parts of Chesterfield and Henrico counties.

Spanberger’s ad began airing on cable in the Richmond market Thursday and on broadcast TV on Friday.

“Too many Washington politicians serve special interests — or themselves,” Spanberger says in the ad. “In Congress, I’ll bridge divides, find solutions, and put people first, which is why I won’t take money from corporate PACs.”

Ward, a former Marine pilot, also unveiled a TV ad this week.

— Patrick Wilson

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