March 15, 2016 at 1:13 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
McEachin to run for Congress

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Virginia state Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico County) on March 15, 2016, formally announced he is running for Congress. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Virginia state Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico County) announced on Tuesday that he is running for Congress.

The Henrico County Democrat is seeking the Democratic nomination to represent Virginia’s 4th Congressional District, which stretches from the Richmond suburbs to Hampton Roads.

McEachin will face off against Chesapeake City Councilwoman Ella Ward in the Democratic primary on June 14. McEachin would succeed Republican Congressman Randy Forbes, who has decided to seek retiring U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District because of redistricting.

”I want to go to Washington to continue to make a difference for the citizens of my district,” said McEachin in a press release that formally announced his candidacy. “I have dedicated my career to fighting for the underdog in my law practice and have an over 10 year record in the General Assembly of leading the fights that make a difference.”

McEachin has been a member of the Virginia Senate since 2008. He was previously a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

McEachin resolution sought to repeal Va. marriage amendment

The Henrico County Democrat has spearheaded a number of LGBT-specific bills in the Virginia General Assembly.

He and state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) late last year introduced a bill that would have codified into law Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s 2014 executive order banning discrimination against state employees based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. McEachin also introduced a resolution that sought to repeal Virginia’s constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

McEachin in January criticized the passage of a so-called “Kim Davis” religious freedom bill in the state Senate Courts of Justice Committee that would allow officials to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of their religious beliefs.

The state House of Delegates approved a similar measure last week.

“All our citizens deserve equal rights and opportunity — those most vulnerable, women, our LGBT citizens and persons of color,” said McEachin on Tuesday. “We need to protect and expand their rights.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

1 Comment
  • As the Blade has chronicled many times, LGBTs throughout the Commonwealth have no greater ally in Richmond than Donald McEachin.

    The people of the 4th CD would be well served having McEachin representing their interests in DC. All good wishes to Senator McEachin!

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