DELEGATE LIONELL SPRUILL WINS DEMOCRATIC NOMINATING CONTEST IN VIRGINIA'S FIFTH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
CHESAPEAKE -- Today, after a well-fought firehouse primary campaign following former Senator Kenny Alexander's (D-Norfolk) election as Mayor of Norfolk, Delegate Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) won the Democratic nomination in the race for Virginia's fifth senatorial district.
Said Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), ""Lionell Spruill has been a passionate advocate for civil rights and has served his district well in the House. He is going to be a strong addition to our Caucus and we look forward to working with him in the Senate. We congratulate both him and Joe Lindsey for a well fought campaign."
Said Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Donald McEachin (D-Henrico), “It’s always tough when two good friends face off against each other but it is humbling to know that regardless of the outcome we would gain another strong member of our Caucus. We are going to miss Kenny, but we are delighted that Lionell will be joining the Senate come November. Thank you to both Lionell and Joe for running such strong, engaging campaigns.”
Voting today took place from 10am-2pm and was split between three locations:
Camelot Elementary School (Chesapeake)
Indian River Library (Chesapeake)
Kroc Center (Norfolk)
The final vote count was 2,195 (Spruill) - 1,016 (Lindsey).