FYI, I just received this press release from Kyle Elliott, a 30-something attorney with impressive credentials: graduated from UVA (2007) and the College of William and Mary Law School (2011); served from September 2011 to January 2015 as “Assistant City Attorney for the City of Richmond before entering private practice”; now works at Ogletree Deakins, also “currently president of the Museum District Association…the first person of color to hold that position”; and is “the Richmond Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Immediate Past Chair.” Elliott is seeking the Democratic nomination for Virginia House of Delegates in the 68th district (parts of Chesterfield, Richmond, Henrico).
Note that this is one of several primaries shaping up for 2021, with the 68th district represented by Del. Dawn Adams (D) since January 2018. As always, with primaries to incumbents, I’m looking for: 1) first and foremost, a strong argument as to why voters should consider replacing the incumbent; 2) also a strong argument for why voters should support the challenger, perhaps because the challenger is more progressive, would arguably be more effective, etc. Anyway, we’ll keep an eye on this one…if and when we survive the next few months and actually make it in one piece to 2021. 😉
Civic Leader to seek Democratic Nomination in 68th District of House of Delegates
RICHMOND, VA – Kyle Elliott, one of the first civic association leaders in the City of Richmond to state that human rights are not political and that black lives matter, will seek the Democratic nomination for Virginia House of Delegates 68th District in June 2021.
As the first person of color to lead the Museum District Association in its history, Elliott has been a leader in the community for public schools. Through his civic engagement, he has advocated for policies to address our eviction crisis and criminal justice reform. He now seeks to be the first person of color to represent the 68th District of Virginia. After months of civil unrest in the greater Richmond area and across the country, Elliott was inspired to do more. As a citizen, the expectation is that our elected officials call out systemic racism and oppression. 2020 should not be the end of the conversation. “We must carry these ideals into 2021 and into the House of Delegates on behalf of the 68th District residents” Elliott said. He will be present whenever and wherever leadership is required.
This year Elliott served on the Virginia Community College System statewide law enforcement task force to revise the Commonwealth’s college curriculum for criminal justice. “Working directly with local leaders and law enforcement officials is how we ensure our officers protect, serve, and begin to improve our community policing” Elliott said. As Assistant City Attorney for Richmond, Elliott represented the city, its employees, and law enforcement officers, seeing firsthand how local government can provide the resources and opportunities to improve the lives of the underserved.
When speaking about the ongoing public health crisis, Elliott said, “This time has laid bare challenges that we all face and I want to work towards a Virginia that acknowledges and addresses our shared problems with shared values.”
“This November we are facing an election of unprecedented importance. The next three weeks are critical” Elliott said. He will be working for Democrats up and down the ballot through November 3rd and looks forward to his bid for office in 2021. For press inquiries please email info@Kyle4Va.com. Visit the campaign website at kyle4va.com.