Del. Jennifer McClellan to run for Virginia Senate

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) announced Monday morning her plan to run for Virginia Senate.

McClellan was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from the 71st District in 2005. She will be running for Sen. Donald McEachin’s seat after he was elected to Congress last Tuesday.

“Like many of you, I was devastated by the results of Tuesday’s Presidential election. I share the anxiety I’ve heard from so many people about how divided the country is and how we move forward,” McClellan said in her announcement. “But Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine reminded us that while we did not achieve the result we wanted, we still have work to do to advance the causes and values we cherish.”

Gov. McAuliffe will soon call for a special election to fill the vacancy.

“If elected to the State Senate, I will have an opportunity to build on my service in the House of Delegates to provide a high-quality public education system for every child, strong and safe neighborhoods, and economic opportunity for all Virginians,” McClellan said.

The date and time of the Democratic nomination and Special Election have not yet been set, but McClellan says it will happen quickly.

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