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Del. David Toscano: This is What Unity Looks Like


From Virginia House Democratic Leader Del. David Toscano:

This is What Unity Looks Like

On Saturday evening, I was honored to join hundreds of Democrats at the Unity Rally/JJ Dinner in Richmond to celebrate our statewide candidate team and their primary challengers, to introduce Attorney General Mark Herring, and to speak to the House Democratic efforts. I was back in Richmond as Democratic Leader and as your candidate for Delegate because of the support I received from so many of you in this community. I want to thank each of you for participating in the Democratic primary last Tuesday. Throughout this race, we remained focused on positive initiatives, discussing what we have accomplished and what we can do in Richmond to improve our Commonwealth and communities.

Tom Perriello has been especially eloquent in discussing the importance of unity and encouraging his supporters to engage this fall for the Democratic candidates. He is 100 percent behind the Democratic ticket and we can look forward to seeing him throughout the state this fall campaigning for our team and helping us with the House of Delegates elections.

I am so proud of my team, who remained focused on the positive throughout, and of the countless friends and neighbors who stepped forward to offer their support. As long as I serve in this office, I remain committed to engaging and listening to the broadest cross-section of this district and throughout the Commonwealth, Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and progressives, to build support for our values in Richmond.

I also want to offer my congratulations to the Democratic primary candidates for Charlottesville’s local offices. They ran robust campaigns and our community is better off for their efforts.

All Hands on Deck
I received a gracious concession call from my primary opponent on Tuesday evening, and I am hopeful that he and his supporters will bring their incredible passion and energy to help the Democratic ticket win this November. We need all hands on deck this fall, and I hope all Virginians can put the primary contest behind us and focus on the future. A Republican governor with a Republican state legislature would lead to a dramatic lurch to the right that could easily surpass what has happened in North Carolina. To sit on the sidelines is to play into the hands of the right.

Democrats are Motivated
Democratic turnout in the primary (both locally and statewide) was unprecedented, which bodes well this fall, especially in the House races. There are 17 districts in the House of Delegates presently occupied by Republicans, which were won by Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine in 2016; if flipped to Democrats, these seats would get us a majority in the House of Delegates. Turnout will be important; four years ago, we picked up seats in the House, and were very close in a number of contests. As an example, an 800-vote swing across 5 House districts held by Republican incumbents would have brought those seats into the Democratic column. If turnout increases even by a small amount, we win those seats. If we can increase it even more—something within our reach in the era of resistance to President Trump—unprecedented change can occur.

I am deeply honored to have been chosen as the Democratic nominee for this fall’s election, and to continue to serve as the Democratic Leader in advancing our efforts to elect more Democrats to the House of Delegates. As always, I so appreciate your help and support, and will ask for it again during the summer and fall.

  • Sierra Club Endorses Ralph Northam for Governor

    Grassroots Group Praises Candidate’s Strong Record on the Environment

    RICHMOND, Virginia – Today, the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club endorsed Ralph Northam for Governor.

    Northam’s pro-environment record throughout his time as a state senator and as lieutenant governor shows he will work as governor to keep Virginia on the path towards a clean energy future.

    “Over the past decade, Northam has developed a strong environmental record,” Corrina Beall, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Legislative and Political Director, said. “As governor, we know he will work across the aisle to advance Virginia’s clean energy economy. Ed Gillespie’s anti-environment and hate-filled policies that echo Donald Trump’s don’t represent Virginia’s values.”
    Northam has a strong commitment to environmental justice and will address the environmental threats for Virginians in vulnerable communities suffering the directly from the effects of climate change and harmful pollution. His plan for campaign finance reform and his support for non-partisan redistricting will reduce the outsized influence of corporations and make for more fair elections.

    “Ed Gillespie’s support for offshore drilling plays fast and loose with Virginia’s national security and our $4.7 billion coastal tourism industry that employs 45,000 people,” Kate Addleson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, said. “Northam’s continued opposition to offshore drilling and support for clean energy shows just how dedicated he is to combatting climate change and protecting Virginia.”
    Northam has strongly supported the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and will continue the cleanup effort to protect Virginian’s water.

    “One of the main reasons I first entered politics nearly ten years ago was witnessing the demise of the Chesapeake Bay over the course of my lifetime,” Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam said. “That’s why being a good steward to the environment has been a centerpiece of my time in elected office. I am honored to receive Sierra Club’s endorsement, which is a tremendous affirmation of that work. As governor, I look forward to partnering with Sierra Club to preserve our commonwealth’s natural beauty for generations to come.”

    Along with the endorsement, the Sierra Club will lend its volunteer strength to Northam’s campaign.