Ashburn resident Monte Johnson this week announced a bid for the 87thDistrict seat in the House of Delegates. The seat is held by John Bell, a second-term Democrat who is running for the 13th District seat in the state Senate.
Johnson, a project manager and member of the Democratic 10th Congressional District Committee, was the party’s nominee in the 2013 race against Republican Randy Minchew in the 10th House District.
“Virginia is at a crossroads. We need commitments, not catchphrases,” Johnson stated in his announcment. “I’m running to fight for universal health care, a higher minimum wage, statewide Pre-K education, universal background checks on gun purchases, and a halt of destructive pipeline projects. I’ll work every day for the people of the 87th District, not special interests that too often call the shots in Richmond. I won’t take a dime from Big Pharma companies, fossil fuel companies, or pro-gun groups. ”
Suhas Subramanyam also has announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination in the race.
Among the list of community leaders backing Johnson’s campaiing are all three Democratic Loudoun Supervisors—County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (At Large), Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (Leesburg) and Supervisor Koran Saines (Sterling).