See below for the press release from Abigail Spanberger’s campaign on these new endorsements. I continue to be super impressed with Spanberger, definitely one of the strongest Democrats running in Virginia this year. Hey Dave “I’m an economist!” Brat, get ready for some serious “up in you grill” action! LOL
GLEN ALLEN, VA — Today, three Democratic members of the Virginia House of Delegates endorsed Abigail Spanberger’s bid for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 7th congressional district. Prior to the 2017 election cycle, the three House of Delegates seats, all overlapping with the 7th Congressional District, were Republican-held and widely viewed as longshots for Democratic candidates. Their victories confirmed the shifting tide of the 7th, and reinforced the likelihood of success for the Spanberger campaign.
Honorable Dawn Adams, House of Delegates, District 68
“I am proud to endorse our next Representative for the 7th Congressional District, Abigail Spanberger. Abigail is a servant leader we can trust. As a nurse practitioner and legislator, I recognize the importance of public officials who will represent the values of their constituency, possess a willingness to communicate effectively with both sides of the aisle, and fight to ensure policies made protect the rights of all people.”
Honorable Debra Rodman, House of Delegates, District 73
“My race was thought to be ‘unwinnable,’ but our grassroots campaign proved that anything’s possible with hard work and a true commitment to voters. This is why I proudly endorse Abigail Spanberger for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Many of our campaign’s supporters and volunteers have already begun supporting her campaign to continue the momentum to flip the 7th. We look forward to November when Abigail will bring her integrity, experience, and leadership to Congress.”
Honorable Schuyler VanValkenburg, House of Delegates, District 72
“I am proud to endorse Abigail Spanberger to be our next Representative for Virginia’s 7th District. During the 2017 election, I saw firsthand how hard she worked and how committed she was to using her power as a citizen to bring change to her community, and I’m honored to have the chance to do the same for my district by helping her get to Congress. She will work for solutions that serve the people of our district, and be a steadfast champion for Virginia’s working families.”
Spanberger offered her gratitude in accepting their endorsements. “I am honored by the support of Delegates Adams, Rodman, and VanValkenburg. Their commitment to listening and putting the needs of their constituents first proved that these values can win in the 7th District. I am proud and excited to build on their success,” Spanberger said. “As we saw last November, Virginians are eager for a new direction in leadership, and I am confident they will once again make their voices heard at the polls in November.”
Last Monday, Spanberger received the personal endorsements of seven current and former Democratic county committee chairs within the 7th Congressional District, further solidifying her position as the primary frontrunner. Their support follows an upgrade of Democratic favorability in the district by CNN, and a major national endorsement from EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics.
With 78 days until the June primary, the Spanberger campaign says it is eager to expand off its successes and continue building a winning coalition of community leaders, residents, and neighbors. “The level of energy is inspiring,” said campaign manager Dana Bye. “From Culpeper to Nottoway and Chesterfield to Orange, our team is constantly speaking with newly-engaged residents. With this level of grassroots support, our campaign and this district are on track to make history November 6.”
Abigail Spanberger is a proud Democrat and former CIA officer running for Congress against Dave Brat in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. She believes in leadership that flows from our shared American values of integrity, responsibility, and decency, and she wants to work to move this country forward together. To learn more, please visit AbigailSpanberger.com.