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Democrats File to Run for Virginia State Senate in Record Numbers

49 Democrats running in 35 Senate districts, including 25 women and 14 candidates of color


From the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus…

Democrats File to Run for Senate in Record Numbers

Richmond— Following the deadline for primary candidate filing in Senate districts across Virginia, Democrats are celebrating record breaking candidate recruitment. As of March 28, Democrats are competing in 35 of 40 Senate districts which represents the most contested districts in two decades.

“The Senate Democratic Caucus is proud of the diverse slate of candidates we have running in districts across the Commonwealth. Our candidates represent our shared Virginia values and we are ready to fight to protect access to healthcare, invest in education, expand affordable housing, and preserve our environment,” said Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke. “There are seven Republican-held Senate districts trending Democratic. With only two additional seats needed to retake the majority in the Senate this year, grassroots enthusiasm is on our side.”

Candidate Stats:

  • 49 Democrats running in 35 Senate districts
  • 25 women running across 19 districts
  • 14 candidates of color running in 14 districts
  • 7 educators are running
  • 9 veterans are running
  • 11 candidates age 40 years old or younger

A primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 11 in applicable districts. For more information about the steps candidates take to file to run for office, please visit https://www.elections.virginia.gov/media/formswarehouse/BecomingACandidate/CandidateBulletins/2019-Candidate-Bulletin-House-Senate%20(Rev%203-22-2019).pdf. Candidates can continue to file to run for office in districts that are not currently contested until June 11th.


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