David Toscano Elected House Minority Leader; Sickles as Caucus Chair

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    Congratulations to strong progressive David Toscano, elected a few minutes ago as the new Virginia House Minority Leader. This marks a MAJOR upgrade from conservadem (and turncoat) Ward Armstrong. Good!

    Delegate David J. Toscano was unanimously elected new House Democratic Caucus Minority Leader by his Democratic peers in today’s Organizational Meeting held at the Wyndam Crossings in Glen Allen, Virginia.

    “It has been an honor serving the Charlottesville-Albemarle community in the General Assembly for the last six years ” said Delegate Toscano. “As House Minority Leader, I look forward to continuing the work we have begun by building an effective House Caucus team that projects a positive vision for the Commonwealth and works to implement that vision for the benefit of her citizens over the next several years.”

    Toscano was overwhelmingly re-elected to serve a fourth term to represent Virginia’s 57th district in the House of Delegates earlier this month. He was first elected to represent the 57th district in 2005, upon the retirement of former Delegate Mitch Van Yahres. Toscano previously served for twelve years on Charlottesville City Council (1990-2002), including one term as mayor (1992-1994). Toscano and his wife, Nancy Tramontin, and their son Matthew reside in the City of Charlottesville.

    P.S. Now, hopefully they will NOT elect Onzlee Ware as Caucus Chair. From everything I’ve heard and read about Ware, that would be a big mistake.

    UPDATE: Del. Mark Sickles has been elected the new Virginia House Democratic caucus chair. My preference was for Scott Surovell, because I thought he’d be ideal for building from the ashes of where we’re at now, developing a strong message and long-term strategy, cultivating a “farm team,” embracing new media and other innovative communications tools, and firing up the grassroots. With Sickles, we get a much more conventional choice, less progressive and certainly not tuned into the grassroots or new ways of doing things from everything I’ve seen and heard. I sure hope he proves me wrong (he also should rely heavily on Scott Surovell for advice and assistance in this job, as their skillsets are probably complementary when it comes down to it).

    • House Democratic Caucus Selects New Leadership

      Today, the members of the House Democratic Caucus met for their annual legislative retreat in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to planning for the upcoming legislative session, Caucus members selected a new leadership team.

      Delegate David Toscano of Charlottesville (57th House District) was the unanimous choice for Minority Leader. Delegate Toscano was first elected to serve in the House of Delegates in 2005. Prior to his service in the House, he served on the Charlottesville City Council for 12 years and was mayor for one term.

      Toscano’s vision for the future of the House Democratic Caucus is clear. “We are the party of economic opportunity, job creation and protecting the middle class. Our caucus will work to develop and implement solutions that will move our Commonwealth forward to a better future.  We cannot and will not stand idly by as Republican leadership in the House fails to address the challenges we face. I ask all Virginians to join with us as we work to put Virginians first.”

      Delegate Mark Sickles of Fairfax (43rd House District) was chosen to serve as Caucus Chairman. Delegate Sickles has served in the House of Delegates since 2004. He served on the Fairfax County Library Board for 11 years and well as serving as chair of the Board for one term. From 1995-1998 he served as Chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee.

      “The last two election cycles have been very difficult for our Caucus. In the coming months, I will work with the caucus to develop a comprehensive plan to elect more Democrats to our body including a rigorous candidate recruitment process. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but I remain committed to winning a majority in the House of Delegates” said Sickles.

      Other leadership members selected at the meeting include Vice Chair for Operations, Delegate Rosalyn Dance of Petersburg (63rd House District) and Vice Chair for Outreach, Delegate Jennifer McClellan of Richmond (71st House District). Delegate Jeion Ward of Hampton (95th House District) retains the post of Caucus Treasurer. Delegate Betsy Carr of Richmond (69th House District) is Caucus Secretary. And, Delegate Delores McQuinn of Richmond (70th House District) is Sgt. at Arms.

    • totallynext

      when Senator Puller retires.   As Lowell stated – just hope it is not the status quo!  

    • I also would hoping for Scott, but this is a team I can work with in the present, and hope for better days in the future.

    • jlsnook

      David has been a friend for a long time (including when he beat me for the Democratic nomination for Charlottesville City Council in 1990).  He was a hard-working campaigner, he is a good lawyer, good father and husband, and has been an effective Councilor, Mayor and Delegate.

      I have always been impressed with his ability to be a strong progressive and yet well-received by business and Chamber of Commerce folks.  I think he remembers Paul Tsongas’ mantra — “You can’t be pro-jobs and anti-business.”

      He knows how to be both pro-business and pro-worker.

    • Will Radle

      to everyone elected to Leadership! Now is the time to move forward together.



      A. Will Radle, Jr.

      Creating a Culture of Listening


      FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com