|DUMFRIES, Va. — With less than a month to build a campaign, Candi King, the Democratic nominee in Virginia’s House District 2, has put together a formidable operation with a broad coalition of support ahead of tomorrow’s special election.
After winning the nomination in a five-way firehouse primary with over 43 percent of the vote on Dec. 13, King consolidated Democratic energy, as evidenced by her field and fundraising operations. To date, King has raised over $125,000 and had thousands of conversations with voters thanks to the work of about 100 volunteers and staff. The campaign has dropped campaign literature with information about voting on the doors of more than 12,000 voters.
King’s campaign has secured support from a broad range of labor unions and grassroots advocacy organizations. She has been endorsed by:
- EMILY’s List
- New Virginia Majority
- Virginia AFL-CIO
- Northern Virginia Labor Federation
- SEIU Virginia 512
- Virginia Professional Fire Fighters
- The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus
- Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia
- CASA in Action
- Future Now Fund
- Planned Parent Advocates of Virginia
- NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
- Virginia NOW
Organized labor came out in full force this weekend to volunteer for King. Former Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, Senator Jennifer McClellan, and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe all campaigned for King this weekend as well.
“I am so grateful for the support we’ve received in such a short period of time,” said King. “Democrats and organizations who advocate for working families are ready to send a working mom to Richmond. I can’t wait to advocate for our community as we recover from COVID, and I’ll fight to make sure no teacher, student, worker, or small business owner is left behind. Our message is really resonating as we’re engaging with voters, and they’re excited to support our campaign once they hear there is an election. It is not easy to campaign in a pandemic over the holidays, but the energy this weekend was palpable. We are taking nothing for granted and will be in full campaign mode until the polls close tomorrow at 7 p.m. Thank you to all our supporters who are doing the work to put us in a good position headed into this election.”
Candi King is a working mom who began her career in the General Assembly as an intern for Senator Yvonne Miller, the first Black woman to serve in both chambers of the General Assembly. She also interned for Senator Lionell Spruill and was mentored by Senator Louise Lucas. She now works as a program assistant and community relations liaison for a leading non-profit organization. Candi holds a bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University and serves as a special needs parent advocate, volunteer at Freedom High School and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She and her husband Josh King, an Iraq War Veteran and Fairfax County Deputy Sheriff, live in Dumfries with their children, including a non-verbal teenage daughter with autism.