Moderate Republican Leader John Chichester Endorses Democrat Shawn Mitchell for State Senate


    There are still a few sane, responsible, reasonable, respected Republicans left out there, and long-time (30 years) State Senator John Chichester most certainly is one of them. His strong endorsement of Democratic candidate Shawn Mitchell for State Senate in the 13th district over rabid homophobe and all-around buffoon Dick “Plastic Fetuses” Black should send a message to all independents and moderate Republicans to vote for Mitchell on November 8. Let’s just hope they take Sen. Chichester’s advice!

    Republican Chichester Endorses Mitchell for State Senate

    Former Senate Finance Chair Cites Mitchell’s Independence in Support

    Ashburn, VA – Former Republican State Senator, John Chichester endorsed Shawn Mitchell for the State Senate today in his race against extremist Dick Black.

    “It is my pleasure to support Shawn Mitchell for the State Senate,” Said Senator John Chichester. “He is a man that can be relied upon to use sound judgment and common sense on issues that are important to his district and to Virginia. He is an independent thinker. Shawn will not be swayed by his party, caucus, or by any ideological interests to cast votes that are not beneficial to ALL the people he represents or to the Commonwealth. As a business man he has learned to listen, and knows that the Senate is a body of 40 that MUST work together if prudent goals are to be reached.”

    John Chichester was a Republican State Senator from 1978 to 2008 and served as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

    “I truly appreciate the support of Senator Chichester in my campaign to bring mainstream leadership to the Virginia Senate,” said Shawn Mitchell. “He is the type of leader we should all strive to be: someone who is always willing to work across the aisle and do what is right for all Virginians.

    “We’re facing serious issues in the next General Assembly session and its going to take a bi-partisan effort to get the peoples work done. We need to have a Senator who is focused on creating jobs, protecting our public schools and coming up with a long term, sustainable transportation plan that improves our quality of life – not social issues and sideshow distractions.”


    Shawn Mitchell lives in Broadlands with his wife Ashley and daughter Isabella. He is a combat veteran who served in Bosnia and Iraq and owns a small business in the 13thDistrict. Shawn has been endorsed by Senator Mark Warner, the Washington Post, the NVTC TechPAC, three local REALTOR Associations, the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters, the Loudoun Education Association and many others. You can learn more about Shawn, the campaign, and the 13th District by visiting The 13th Senate District stretches from the Maryland and West Virginia borders in Loudoun County to Gainesville and Bull Run in Prince William County.


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