See below for a press release from another Democratic candidate – Travis Nembhard, who ran for House of Delegates District 22 (a Republican-tilting district in western Prince William County) in 2023 (losing narrowly to to Republican Ian Lovejoy, 52%-48%) – who is throwing his hat in the ring for the VA10 nomination. Nembhard joins several other Democrats – Del. Michelle Maldonado, State Senator-elect Suhas Subramanyan, Del. Dan Helmer, former VA House of Delegates Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, State Sen. Jennifer Boysko, Del. David Reid, former VA Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, as well as several candidates I’m not familiar with – Krystle Kaul, Brandon Garay, Mark Leighton – in this race to succeed Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA10), who announced on September 18 that she’s not running for reelection due to tragic health circumstances. We’ll see if others get in this race as well; stay tuned!
Travis Nembhard announces bid for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District
Attorney, Law Professor, and former Judge and Civil Rights Advocate, Travis Nembhard will seek the Democratic nomination for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District
Bristow, VA — A son of Jamaican immigrants, Prince William County resident, and lifelong public servant, Travis Nembhard is launching his campaign for VA-10. Recognized for his distinguished career and named to, among other honors, Forbes 30 Under 30, the American Bar Association 40 Under 40, and Northern Virginia 40 Under 40, Travis brings a wealth of experience to the race, having served as an assistant attorney general, financial regulator, legislative staffer, and administrative law judge. He is committed to tackling our nation’s most complex challenges, including attacks on our democracy, threats to reproductive freedom, gun violence, skyrocketing costs, and climate change.
“I have spent my career standing up for people who are too often forgotten. My lifetime of public service is focused on combating injustices and fighting for those who need someone to fight for them the most. While working in the Obama White House, I witnessed the power of government to be a force for good. As an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Bureau, I went after slumlords, corrupt employers that violated wage laws, and companies that discriminated against individuals. And, as a financial regulator, I investigated instances of complex white-collar crime. I have a consistent record of working to protect the public against bad actors, and I intend to do the same in Congress, on behalf of the 10th Congressional District.” said Nembhard.
“We need a representative who knows what it’s like to navigate financial challenges, especially those associated with increasing education costs. Who knows what it’s like to have had to work two jobs to pay the bills just like so many working and middle-class people. Who understands that we must defend and strengthen our public school system, because that’s how working people have kids who become successful and who can afford to raise a family in communities like ours.”
“I bring the unique experience of having worked in positions that directly touch all three branches of government; something I intend to leverage when tackling our nation’s most complex challenges like attacks on reproductive freedom, threats to our democracy, skyrocketing costs, gun violence, and climate change. And we need someone who will usher in a new generation of leadership, because if we’re serious about combating the hate and disinformation of MAGA extremists, it’s going to take a multigenerational grassroots coalition to do it.”
Travis Nembhard has a background in financial economics and is a legal professional and advocate who has had experience building cases against corruption, insider trading, discrimination, and fraud. He has served for years as an administrative law judge, ruling on cases that often involved consumer protection. He is also a former candidate for Virginia’s 22nd House District where he raised $2 million and outperformed projections in a lean Republican seat. He lives in Bristow with his wife Stephanie – an ESOL teacher – and their two children.