Wednesday, January 8, 2014

House Leader Toscano and DPVA Chair Herring congratulate Delegate-elect Rasoul

Delegate-elect Sam Rasoul

Delegate-elect Sam Rasoul

Richmond, VA- The House Democratic Caucus congratulates Sam Rasoul on his election to the 11th District House of Delegates seat and welcomes him to the House Democratic Caucus.  Sam Rasoul won election with over 70% of the vote.

“Voters in Roanoke have chosen an excellent advocate for the region,” said Democratic Leader David Toscano.  “Sam Rasoul ran a top-notch campaign that proved once again that voters are looking for leaders that are willing to fight for the middle-class and stand up for the values we care about as Democrats.”

Sam Rasoul ran a campaign centered on improving education by reforming the SOL’s, expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act, and bringing together the business community and our K-12 system to ensure more vocational training in our schools.

“Sam Rasoul will be an excellent addition to the Democratic Caucus,” said Caucus Chair Mark Sickles.  “His background helping children in Africa, bringing health care to seniors in Roanoke, and running a small business will be an invaluable addition to our caucus”.

DPVA Chair Charniele Herring released the following statement on Delegate-Elect Sam Rasoul’s victory for the 11th District Seat in the House of Delegates:

“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome in the 11th District special election” said DPVA Chair Charniele Herring. “Sam Rasoul is a dedicated Democrat who ran a tough, principled campaign, and it paid off. He won the support and the votes of the people of his district by embracing common-sense policies the matter to the district.

“As we begin the 2014 General Assembly session, I look forward to working with Delegate-Elect Rasoul in the days, weeks and months ahead on a wide range of issues that are important to all Virginians.”

The 11th District is entirely within the City of Roanoke.  A special election was held due to the retirement of Delegate Onzlee Ware.  Sam Rasoul will be sworn in at noon on Wednesday along with other newly elected members of the House of Delegates.

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Besides the 11th HOD special election Senator Ralph Northam’s seat in the 6th barely elected Democrat Lynwood Lewis Tuesday. Twenty-two votes separate him from the Republican candidate.

DPVA Chair Herring said in that special election: “Democrats in the 6th Senate District and all over the Commonwealth are celebrating Senator-Elect Lewis’ victory tonight,” said DPVA Chair Charniele Herring. “His win further proves that the Democratic sweep we experienced in November wasn’t a fluke, but a true change in tide in the electorate. Virginians prefer pragmatic leaders such as Lynwood.”

There is still the special election for Senator Mark Herring’s 33rd district seat on January 21. For the Democrats to hold the Senate his seat must also remain in the Democratic column. Northam as the new Lieutenant Governor will break ties in favor of the Democrats.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2014, Elections, Politics, State Politics

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