Republicans on Tuesday chose Garrison Coward, chief operating officer for a Richmond-based predictive analytics firm, to run against Del. Dawn Adams, D-Richmond, in November.
In a Republican primary, Coward topped Lori Losi, a financial consultant for a recruitment firm and a certified public accountant.
Coward, 29, a former aide to Rep. Rob Wittman, R-1st, has portrayed himself as a moderate Republican and a voice for millennials.
The district includes part of the city of Richmond and parts of Chesterfield and Henrico counties.
Adams was first elected in 2017, defeating Del. Manoli Loupassi, a Republican who had represented the district from 2008 to 2018 after serving on Richmond City Council.
Coward would be the first African American Republican in the House of Delegates since Winsome Sears, who served a single term in the House after defeating veteran Del. William P. Robinson Jr., a 20-year Democratic incumbent, in 2001.
Paul C. Harris, the first African American Republican in the House since Reconstruction, represented Albemarle County from 1998 to 2002.