Farmville, VA – This afternoon, Democrats in Virginia’s 22nd Senate district selected their candidate ahead of the January 10, 2017 special elections. Ryant Washington was duly elected during a party-run assembled caucus in Farmville. Earlier this week, Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), who currently represents Virginia’s 71st House District, was the only candidate to file and thus became the Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 9th Senate District.

Said Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), “Jennifer McClellan has been a tireless advocate for civil rights and for Virginia women, children, and families in the House, and a champion for common sense policies targeting smart growth in the greater Richmond region. Ryant Washington is a former Fluvanna County Sheriff who understands that education is the biggest economic development issue that we face. He knows that if we are going to keep growing our economy and attracting good paying jobs to our Commonwealth, we need to have a skilled, educated workforce. We look forward to working with Jennifer and Ryant over the next 37 days and to welcoming them both to the Senate when we gavel in on January 11th.”

Said Delegate McClellan,  “If elected to the State Senate, I will have an opportunity to build on my service in the House of Delegates to  provide a high quality public education system for every child, strong and safe neighborhoods, and economic opportunity for all Virginians. I look forward to talking with voters across the district over the next 37 days, and to continuing my work moving Virginia forward in the Senate.”

Said Sheriff Washington, “We need to focus on common sense policies that work for the 22nd Senate District, that do not overburden our localities.  We need to acknowledge that education drives our economy: no company is going to move to our area if we don’t have a strong workforce. This is going to be my focus throughout this campaign and in the Virginia Senate.“

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