See below for a press release from former Del. Lashrecse Aird, who is announcing her candidacy for State Senate in the new 13th district (“includes Aird’s home city of Petersburg as well as all of the City of Hopewell, the Counties of Prince George, Charles City, Sussex and Surry as well as portions of Eastern Henrico and northern Dinwiddie counties”). This district is strongly “blue,” with Terry McAuliffe winning it by 14 points over Glenn Youngkin in 2021. According to VPAP, there is one other announced Democratic candidate, Virginia Smith, for this seat. Also, keep an eye on what Sen. Joe Morrissey decides to do, including possibly running in SD13.
These first few months in our Commonwealth I’ve watched Republican leaders attempt to roll back our progress while spewing distrust and division like we’ve never seen before. But I can’t just sit back and watch.
Today I proudly announce my candidacy for the newly drawn SD-13! pic.twitter.com/LpL5ly09Ua
— Lashrecse Aird (@lashrecseaird) March 23, 2022
Lashrecse Aird Announces Run for State Senate District 13
RICHMOND, VA – Former Delegate Lashrecse Aird (D-Petersburg) announced on Wednesday her candidacy for the newly created 13th Senate District in Virginia. Following the recent redistricting completed by the Supreme Court of Virginia, the new 13th Senate District includes Aird’s home city of Petersburg as well as all of the City of Hopewell, the Counties of Prince George, Charles City, Sussex and Surry as well as portions of Eastern Henrico and northern Dinwiddie counties.
Aird stated, “As a young Black woman, mother and higher-ed professional, I’ve experienced the same struggles as many across the district. I grew up experiencing and overcoming hardship firsthand, and I’ve seen personally how gun violence affects our communities. I know how destructive failing schools can be on educators and especially our children. And to this day, I myself know so many dealing with the crushing weight of financial instability.
In the House of Delegates, I fought to provide our schools more funding, our community more economic opportunities and made our criminal justice system fairer. The people of this district deserve leadership they can be proud of, and leadership that understands their struggles. With the challenges that families face growing daily, I remain committed to service and aim to deliver for the people of Senate District 13.”
First elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2016, Lashrecse Aird previously represented the 63rd District. For more information about Lashrecse please visit: www.lashrecseaird.com