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VA-7 Democratic Chairs Announce Personal Endorsements of Abigail Spanberger


Interesting news from Abigail Spanberger’s campaign for Congress in VA-07, where Dave Brat currently misrepresents the district.

VA-7 Democratic Chairs Announce Personal Endorsements of Abigail Spanberger

GLEN ALLEN, VA Today, seven current and former Democratic committee chairs from across the 7th Congressional District of Virginia announced that they are personally endorsing Abigail Spanberger’s candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives. Coming from prominent Democratic voices throughout the District, these collective endorsements further solidify Spanberger’s status as the frontrunner of the current primary race.

Tony Burgess, Member, 7th District Democratic Committee and Nottoway County Democratic Committee Co-Chair*

“I have never encountered a candidate as passionate and sincere as Abigail Spanberger. She has a clear vision to help solve problems impacting the 7th, and she understands the ramifications of complicated issues. Abigail has clearly put in the hours toward preparing herself for the role. A natural leader, she appreciates making decisions based on facts and has made the concerted effort to meet face-to-face with our residents to understand their needs. Most of all, she believes in helping working class people and serving those who are struggling with employment needs, college debt, medical bills, and more. I support her because, as a member of Congress, she’ll work to make a different that benefits all of us.”

Elizabeth Hardin, Member, 7th District Democratic Committee and Former Chesterfield County Democratic Committee Chair*

“Abigail is undoubtedly the right person for Democrats to get behind in this election. She’s proven herself to be a candidate who is dedicated to earning her constituents’ support by actively listening to their concerns. And she has elevated the profile of this race to a level we’ve never seen before, and finally made this a competitive district for Democrats. I have no doubt she’ll work every bit as hard in Congress as she has as a candidate. I’m honored to give Abigail Spanberger my enthusiastic endorsement.”

Marques Jones, Henrico County Democratic Committee Chair*

“Abigail Spanberger is the right person, for the right role, at the right time. She is exactly what we need to defeat Dave Brat in November, and this is why I’m personally endorsing her. In order to address the concerns facing the hard-working families of the 7th, we need a representative who will rise above partisan politics, listen, and fight for the issues that matter most. Abigail will be that representative.”

William Quarles, Goochland Democratic Committee Co-Chair*

“What Abigail has achieved is astonishing, and is a direct result of her ability to listen and be a representative for all Virginians. She’s built an incredibly well-organized campaign from the ground up, and has engaged voters so well that I believe we can finally win back this seat. She has my full personal endorsement.”

Jenifer Strozier, Former Goochland Democratic Committee Co-Chair*

“I’ve gotten to know Abigail Spanberger over the past year, and each time we’ve met I’ve grown increasingly impressed by her intelligence, charisma, and sincere desire to help people. She’s a truly outstanding candidate, and she’ll make a superb representative in Congress. I can’t wait to vote for her!”

Tina Winkler, Goochland Democratic Committee Co-Chair*

“Abigail Spanberger is the clear choice to beat Dave Brat in November. She’s built an incredible grassroots campaign that reflects her growing support throughout the district, and she’s proven to be a remarkably intelligent, thoughtful and well-prepared candidate. I couldn’t be more excited to give her my personal endorsement.”

Cheryl Zando, Former Henrico County Democratic Committee Chair*

“Abigail Spanberger will lead with integrity, and is the best candidate to defeat Dave Brat in November. I am inspired by Abigail’s grassroots campaign which has drastically improved the chances of flipping Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. As the recent rating changes reflect, voters are eager for a leader who will act in the best interest of her constituents. The blue wave is coming, and I could not be more excited to personally support her campaign and vote for her in November!”

*Endorsing as an individual, not on behalf of the committee

Spanberger has announced her acceptance of their endorsements, and offered her thanks for their votes of confidence. “I am so grateful to the Democratic committee members who have voiced their support of our campaign,” Spanberger said. “We’ve worked tirelessly to get our message out to every corner of the District, and I know that having them alongside us will make the effort much more fruitful.”

The endorsements come on the heels of CNN upgrading the probability of a Democrat winning the seat, and an announcement by EMILY’s List that they will also be supporting Abigail Spanberger. As the June primary draws nearer, the Spanberger campaign says it looks forward to bringing more prominent voices to the fore. “It will take a wholly unified effort to unseat Dave Brat in November,” said campaign manager Dana Bye. “I think we’ve demonstrated that ours is a campaign that can bring Democrats, Independents and even some Republicans together from across the District.”

Abigail Spanberger is a 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.

  • Eva Boode Schatz

    The title of this article seems to imply that the Chairs in the 7th have endorsed the candidate. Very few of these endorsements are from current chairs. Most of the chairs in the district have elected to stay neutral in order for the voters to determine for themselves the best candidate to beat Brat.

    • FYI, the “title of this article” is simply the title of Abigail Spanberger’s press release…

    • Justin Jones

      4 of the 7 are current chairs, and if you include members of the 7th District Democratic Committee, it’s 5 out of 7.

      • Eva Boode Schatz

        You don’t see Louisa, Orange, Spotsylvania or Culpeper chairs on that list.

        • Justin Jones

          That is correct. We respect those who would like to stay neutral, and welcome those who want to support Abigail and her campaign to defeat Dave Brat.

  • Helen Alli

    Dirty Dems and this is why people can’t trust them. We suspected this was the plan all along but they wouldn’t be honest about it. We’ve been fighting an uphill battle from the beginning. Write about that. Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive…

    • Puneet Hans

      Helen, I am not sure that is a fair statement. No committee has endorsed anyone. These are all personal endorsements.

    • Puneet Hans

      IF endorsements worked Hillary would have been President 🙂 remember that

    • richmonder123

      Not sure this is the time be divisive.

    • LibertarianDemocrat

      It’s the illuminati!

  • From Del. Dawn Adams:

    Delegate Dawn M. Adams Endorses Abigail Spanberger for Congress in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District

    RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Dawn M. Adams is proud to announce her endorsement of Abigail Spanberger for Congress in the 7th Congressional District.

    Delegate Adams stated, “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.”

    As the first State Legislator to endorse Spanberger, Delegate Adams is proud to stand in support with the Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Shannon Taylor, former Democratic 7th District challengers Eileen Bedell and Jack Trammell, former primary opponent Kim Gower, as well as Democratic nominees for the House of Delegates, Larry Barnet (HD-27), Sheila Bynum-Coleman (HD-62), and Melissa Dart (HD-56).

    Spanberger began her career of public service as a federal law enforcement officer working narcotics and money laundering cases. She then joined the CIA as an operations officer. While with the CIA, Spanberger collected intelligence, managed assets, and oversaw high-profile programs abroad, in service to the United States. In 2014, she left public service to begin a career in the private sector and bring her family back home to Central Virginia. Working at EAB-Royall & Company, Spanbergerworked with college and universities to create diverse student bodies, increase graduation rates, and break down financial barriers to higher education. Spanberger left EAB-Royall & Company when she launched her full-time Congressional campaign in July.

    Spanberger grew up in Short Pump, in Henrico County. She attended J.R. Tucker High School, served as a Senate Page for US Senator Chuck Robb (D-VA), and graduated from the University of Virginia. Abigail earned her MBA from a dual-degree German-American program between the GISMA Business School and Purdue University. Abigail and her husband, Adam, live with their children in Glen Allen.

  • LibertarianDemocrat

    The comments on this post, few as they are, are beyond hilarious.

    Trying to suggest/hint/imply Lowell is behind a “conspiracy” is absurd; he’s as pure a progressive as there has ever been on the VA blogosphere. To suggest otherwise only degrades yourself.