AMELIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Senator Amanda Chase has been kicked out of the Republican Party in Chesterfield.

Chase represents the 11th District which includes parts of Amelia County and Colonial Heights.

The senator was kicked out of the Chesterfield GOP after a series of controversies including a comment about rape that many found to be offensive, a reported dispute with an officer over a parking spot, and backing, or appearing to support, an independent candidate over Republican Chesterfield County Sheriff Karl Leonard.

When asked about the posts criticizing Sheriff Leonard, and its removal from Facebook, she said that because she’s a candidate, she could not take down the post since it was shared on her campaign Facebook page.

In response to the news of her expulsion from the county party, Senator Chase said: “I’m from here…I grew up here and I just want the best for our community and if that means getting kicked out of a party, kick me out.”

Senator Chase is facing Democrat Amanda Pohl in the upcoming election.