Kurt Santini and family

Pictured are 2021 Republican governor candidate Kurt Santini (second from left), his wife Misty (far left) and their two children. 

Forest resident Kurt Santini has announced his bid to run as a Republican for governor of Virginia in the 2021 election with a mission to remove government control from “career politicians” and place power “back into the people’s hands.”  

Santini, a United States Army veteran, made the announcement nearly two years after undergoing spinal cord surgery that relived him from 18 years of extreme pain after being seriously injured in 2000 during an airborne training exercise as a member of the Special Operations Unit, 1st of the 75th Ranger Battalion when his parachute collapsed and reserve failed. 

After recovering from the successful surgery, Santini purchased a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and has been riding throughout the state talking to citizens and visiting small businesses. 

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