Northam Endorses Wexton for Congress

Governor Ralph Northam announced today that he is endorsing State Sen. Jennifer T. Wexton (D-33) in her campaign for Congress in Virginia’s 10th District.

“I endorse Jennifer Wexton because she has a strong history of service to Virginia, getting results for her constituents, and fighting for Democratic values,” Northam stated in a release announcing the endorsement. “I saw her tenacity on the Senate floor where we fought together to expand Medicaid and stood up to the gun lobby. From the Virginia Senate to my campaign for Governor, Jennifer Wexton has always had my back and I know she will fight even harder for Northern Virginia families.”

Wexton is among eight people competing in the Democratic primary to challenge Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10). Also seeking the Democrat nod are Julia Biggins, Shadi Ayyas, Julien Modica, Lindsey Davis Stover, Dan Helmer, Alison Kiehl Friedman, and Paul Pelletier. Republican Shak Hill is challenging Comstock from the right.

“I am incredibly honored to have Governor Northam’s endorsement,” Wexton stated. “I have seen firsthand the dedication the Governor has to the people of Virginia, and I look forward to continuing our partnership to better serve Virginia families when I am in Congress.”

Northam joins more than 60 other elected officials who have endorsed Wexton, including her colleagues in Loudoun’s state delegation Sen. Barbara Barbara A. Favola (D-31) and Dels. John J. Bell (D-87) and Jennifer B. Boysko (D-86). She has also won endorsement Loudoun County supervisors, town council members, and school board members, including among others county Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), Leesburg supervisors and former mayor Kristen C. Umstattd (D-Leesburg), and current Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk.

In 2016, Comstock’s last challenger, Democrat LuAnn Bennett, became the first 10th District Democrat to win in Loudoun since 1978, but her 165-vote margin of victory in Loudoun wasn’t enough to win district-wide. Across the district, Comstock won handily, pulling in 210,791 (52.7 percent) to Bennett’s 187,712 votes (46.9 percent) of the ballots cast.

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) greets supporters at a rally Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling. (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)

The country has seen wave of Democratic enthusiasm since electing President Donald J. Trump, including most recently a Democratic victory in a Pennsylvania district that favored President Donald Trump by nearly 20 points in 2016. The Cook Political Report has the 10th District as a toss-up.

Wexton has represented the 33rd District in Virginia’s Senate since 2014, when she won a special election after Mark R. Herring, who’d held the seat since 2006, was elected as Virginia’s attorney general. Wexton won re-election in 2015.

Wexton works as a real estate attorney at Ekko Title. She is the past president of the Loudoun Bar Association, was appointed as a substitute judge in the Loudoun County District Courts and later served on the Community Services Board, which oversees Loudoun County Mental Health. She also served as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney from 2001 to 2005. She ran for Loudoun’s Commonwealth Attorney in 2011.

The 10th Congressional District includes all of Loudoun County and stretches from McLean to the east to Winchester to the west.

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