Cummings Announces State Senate Bid 

Another member of the Leesburg Town Council has his eyes set on Richmond. 

Councilman Zach Cummings announced this week that he is entering the race for the newly redrawn 31st Senate District that encompasses parts of Loudoun and Fauquier counties. It sets him up for a potential head-to-head battle next year with longtime Republican incumbent Sen. Jill Vogel, who has represented the 27th District for 14 years. 

A new redistricting map approved by the state Supreme Court earlier this year would place Vogel in the new 31st District based on her current place of residence. She has not yet announced whether she intends to seek re-election when the seat is on the ballot in November 2023.  

Cummings, whose council term runs through December 2024, said he is running to fight for the residents of Loudoun and Fauquier counties, “and not special interests.” 

“We need to put partisan politics aside and work for all Virginians,” he said. 

Cummings was elected to the Town Council in November 2020, and was the top vote-getter among the three council seats on that ballot. He cites as his proudest accomplishments advocating an additional round of $500,000 small business grants in early 2021; spearheading the transfer of the Sycolin Cemetery to the Loudoun Freedom Center; and opposing the potential Washington Commanders stadium development in Loudoun County. 

On the latter, Cummings cites his overall desire to champion small businesses.  

“We should be more concerned with helping our small businesses grow and preserving our historic towns than giving taxpayer money away to billionaires,” Cummings stated. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the strength of the economies of Loudoun and Fauquier counties.”  

Cummings points to his experience as a small business owner and Realtor with how he can help his constituents in Richmond. 

“I have the unique experience of meeting and working with many Virginians,” Cummings said. “I hear from long-time residents and people just moving to this great commonwealth about why they’re making the choice to live here. As a State Senator, I will work to ensure Virginia remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”  

A residential Realtor with Coldwell Banker Realtor, the Ohio native has lived in Virginia for 13 years and in Leesburg for seven. He joins his council colleague, Vice Mayor Marty Martinez, in announcing a General Assembly campaign. Earlier this year, Martinez said he would eschew a re-election campaign for his council seat this fall and instead run to represent the newly redrawn 29th House of Delegates District in 2023. His council term ends Dec. 31, 2022.

5 thoughts on “Cummings Announces State Senate Bid 

  • 2022-04-19 at 1:21 pm
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    Good luck to Zach Cummings. I’d love to see more Democrats in the state legislature. Not that I vote strictly along party lines. But judging from the Republicans’ selection of Scott Pio as chair of the Loudoun County Republican Committee — I tend to shy away from them. I’d also like to see Marty Martinez elected to the House of Delegates. Happy Passover Loudoun!

    • 2022-04-19 at 8:01 pm
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      Sorry Tim, I’m not buying it. I am highly confident that you vote strictly along party lines.

    • 2022-04-20 at 9:36 am
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      Wow. You really want to flush Virginia down the toilet. Up until the results of the 2019 election took effect in 2020, Virginia was a highly rated place to do business, did not have an intrusive tax burden, and was a reasonably high-rated state in which to live. Since then the Loudoun County School Board has become a laughingstock around the country, Virginia has sunk in the standings as a state in which to live and do business, and we see our tax burden becoming more intrusive.

      Consider… California, New York, and New Jersey all LOST members in the House of Representatives this past census cycle while Texas and Florida gained members. What do the losing states have in common? High costs of living, huge tax burdens, over-regulation… oh yeah, and absolutely solid control by the Democrats because in those states the worst dictators in history could win if they had that (D) after their names. What do the gaining states have in common? Hmm… lower tax burdens, a tendency toward less intrusive rules and regulations, a tendency toward more personal liberty… and they’re not run by Democrats.

  • 2022-04-19 at 3:17 pm
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    Where do you stand on the composite index which Richmond legislators use each year to TAKE hundreds of millions away from Loudoun by not letting us get back sales tax proceeds?

  • 2022-04-19 at 7:45 pm
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    So he wants to fight for small businesses but is of the party seeking to increase minimum wage and pushing for unionization. He was to fight for the people of Loudoun and Fauquier counties but also fight for all Virginians. He wants to put partisan politics aside but that attacks the other the other side for giving taxpayer money to billionaires. How can he be trusted.

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