CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - 30th District state Delegate Nick Freitas is planning a potentially expensive write-in campaign for re-election.

The Republican's effort to be put on November's ballot was rejected by the State Board of Elections because Freitas missed a filing deadline and submitted incomplete paperwork.

Freitas then withdrew his candidacy and was nominated by Republicans as a replacement candidate in a failed workaround. That request and Freitas' appeal were both denied by the elections board.

The 30th District seat encompasses Madison, Orange and part of Culpeper counties.

08/09/2019 Release from the Office of House Speaker Kirk Cox:

Delegate Nick Freitas will run a write-in campaign in Virginia’s 30th House of Delegates District after the Democrat-controlled Department of Elections denied the Republican Party ballot access pursuant to state law, Delegate Freitas and Speaker Kirk Cox announced Friday.

“As I’ve said repeatedly in recent days, the people of the 30th District deserve the chance to vote for a candidate of their choice, whether that’s me or another nominee,” said Delegate Freitas. “While I’m confident we could win a court fight, that could be costly and time consuming. Working with local party leaders, we have decided to pursue a write-in campaign and I know we will win.”

“Over the last several days, we have explored every option to guarantee the people of the 30th District a nominee, including re-nominating another candidate and fighting this in court,” said House Speaker Kirk Cox. “After talking with Nick and the Legislative District Committee for the 30th District, it’s clear to us that there is widespread support for Nick to run and win a write in campaign.”

“Nobody fights like Nick Freitas, and I fully expect him to win. He has our full support,” said Speaker Cox.

“Our campaign has raised over $500,000 in the last month, giving us the resources we need to win,” Freitas added. “I appreciate the confidence of my colleagues, and the citizens of the 30th District.”