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State Senator Jennifer Wexton Announces Run for Congress

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Virginia State Senator Jennifer Wexton (see her announcement and kickoff video below) – steps up to take on the deplorable Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA10).  The other announced Democratic candidates so far are Dan Helmer, Lindsey Davis Stover and Kimberly Adams, while Fairfax County Board member Kathy Smith and Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe are also possibilities, and there certainly could be more. What’s interesting is how many excellent Democrats are chomping at the bit to take on Rep. Comstock. I really wonder if she’ll decide it isn’t worth it, maybe run for U.S. Senate next year instead, take a  job in the private sector or even in the Trump administration. If not, I’d say that Comstock is in deep, deep trouble next year – very vulnerable to losing her “Hillary Clinton district.” 

LEESBURG, VA — Today, State Senator Jennifer Wexton (D-33) announced her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives, seeking to represent Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. Senator Wexton currently represents a sizable portion of that Congressional District in the Virginia State Senate; her 33rd Senate District spans Western Fairfax and Eastern Loudoun counties, including parts of Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, and Chantilly, as well as Dulles International Airport.

Speaking about her candidacy, Senator Wexton said, “I believe that public service is about working every day to make people’s lives better. I’ve spent the past two decades serving the people of Virginia – as a prosecutor, a substitute judge, an attorney for at-risk children, and now as a legislator.  The most important part of my job has been working to help and protect kids, families, and our most vulnerable neighbors. That’s why I ran to represent our community in the State Senate, and that’s why I’m running for Congress.”
In the State Senate, Wexton has been a champion for families, including protecting children from predators, combating Virginia’s heroin and opioid epidemic, and promoting an economy that works for everyone. During her four-year tenure, she has passed 39 bills, all with bipartisan support.

“Virginia needs leaders who will roll up their sleeves and get things done. What we don’t need are Representatives like Barbara Comstock who hide from their constituents and vote in lockstep with Donald Trump. In Congress, I’ll be a leader who gets things done for all of my constituents, not a politician who plays games.”

A former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County, Wexton was elected to the State Senate in a Special Election in January 2014. Wexton earned national media attention for that victory — winning 53 percent of the vote in a three-way contest and gaining control of the State Senate for the Democrats. She won re-election decisively in 2015 with 56 percent of the vote.

Wexton lives in Leesburg with her husband, Andrew, sons Matthew (age 14) and Jamie (12), and two rescued labrador retrievers, a mother-daughter duo named Wanda and Lady Bear.
  • sjberke1

    Don’t forget that Lindsay Davis Stover announced a day or two ago (not that I’m supporting her).

    With so many candidates in the race, including more than one heavyweight if Dorothy McAuliffe and/or Kathy Smith run, I wonder if the 10th District Committee should consider a convention instead of a primary (though they likely won’t). I know the idea is horribly undemocratic and non inclusive, but I worry about a whole lot of money being spent in a primary which could otherwise be used against Comstock (who will have plenty).

    • Ugh, I KNEW I forgot someone – thanks for reminding me, I added Lindsey Stover’s name to the list of announced Dems.

      As for a convention or a primary, it’s an interesting question. In general, I like primaries, but I also like our nominees winning with a majority, not just a plurality, of the vote. And that means Instant Runoff Voting, which can’t be done in a primary thanks to Judge Dillon…

      • John Farrell

        Given that this maybe a Congressional primary, Judge Dillon has nothing to do with it.

        Even in a “home rule” state, IRV needs authorization by the state legislature. The City of Cambridge, MA uses it for their city council races but only after it was authorized by the Great and General Court.

        Even in home rule states, localities are “mere administrative subdivisions” of the state legislature.

    • frankoanderson

      The advantage of holding a convention is that you can wrap up the nomination sooner (I believe as early as mid- to late- April) and get on to the general election. The disadvantage is that it restricts participation and can have the look of an insider, closed process.

      Coincidentally, the 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee, which as you mentioned makes the decisions on the method of nomination, is having its own election for membership. The election for their twenty members will be similar to last year’s presidential nominating process. Voters in the 10th can attend a Caucus to elect Delegates, who then go on to the Convention to elect the Committee members.

      Some of the caucuses are taking place this Saturday April 20th. The Convention is on May13. More info at:
      http://www.fairfaxdemocrats.org/2017/03/22/call-to-convention/
      and
      http://www.10thcdvadems.org/

  • John Farrell

    “We have a winner! No more callers please.”

    We’ve tried to take this seat with candidates from McLean since forever. Doing the same thing over and over again and getting a bad result is insanity according to Einstein.

    Let us try not to be insane in 2018.

  • Will Stewart

    Am thrilled to see Jennifer walk up to the plate ready to swing!

    Small note: I have a hard time believing we are using the term ‘deplorable’ still given that we lost millions of voters by using that word. “Conservative Republican” should be bad enough…