James K. "Jim" Blubaugh, a "small businessman and retired Federal executive" from Rappahannock County, Virginia, was a Democratic candidate in 2005 for Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly , running against Shenandoah Valley Republican C. Todd Gilbert for the 15th House District. 
Previously, Blubaugh "was Director of Budget Operations for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Assistant Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State, and Deputy Chairman of Intelligence Tasking for the CIA. He won a number of prestigious awards while serving in the national government – White House Award for Excellence in Systems Design, Manager of the Year for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the State Department Superior Honor Medal. He and his wife currently  run a small business from their home in Washington VA, specializing in providing high-end technical expertise." 
- Chad Dotson, "General Assembly races," Commonwealth Conservative, May 28, 2005.
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