Here in Virginia, we desperately need to find new ways to solve problems and heal communities. Business as usual will not suffice to get the job done. While I honor the work of progressive leaders that have come before me, we face new challenges and a new context that requires new ideas, new coalitions, and new leadership. I am running for the House of Delegates because I’m passionate about criminal justice reform in Virginia, bringing an end to political gerrymandering, and building stronger and safer communities through pragmatic and compassionate immigration policies. As the son of a Puerto Rican and the grandson of a Haitian immigrant, I defy conventional racial categories. As a Gen-X’er, I straddle the generational divide between millenials and baby boomers. I believe I can help unite diverse communities and build new and unexpected coalitions that will strengthen the Democratic party and the state of Virginia.
The 70th District includes approximately 45,000 people across the eastern portion of the CHPN coverage area, eastern Henrico out into Varina, and southwest into Chesterfield County towards Pocahontas State Park. Delores McQuinn first won the seat in 2008 in a firehouse primary, taking 83% of the vote. She has run unopposed in 2011, 2013, and 2015, after handily beating independent challenger Henry Otis Brown in 2009. Prior to that the seat was held by Dwight Jones from 1994-2008.
The Democratic primary will be June 13th, 2017.