The only elected official to endorse a candidate in the 7th district primary just endorsed Abigail Spanberger

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Posted by Brandon Jarvis

GLEN ALLEN, VA — Today, Shannon Taylor, Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney, endorsed Abigail Spanberger’s bid for the 2018 Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Spanberger is one of four candidates running to unseat Representative Dave Brat in November, but she is the first to gain the support of any currently elected officials covering the 7th District.

“I am proud to back Abigail Spanberger for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 7th District!” said Taylor. “I’ve seen firsthand her desire to listen and truly understand the issues impacting residents across Central Virginia. Her professional background in law enforcement and the CIA, coupled with her tireless commitment to putting country and community over partisan politics, means she will be an outstanding and responsive representative for everyone in the 7th District.”


Taylor was first elected as Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2011. Her victory that year was a tremendous accomplishment, as county-wide seats including Taylor’s had been consistently held by Republicans. She is now serving her second term, having comfortably won re-election in 2015.
“I am grateful for Shannon’s endorsement and her continued support of our campaign,” said Spanberger. “Henrico County is my home, and nearly 30% of 7th District residents live here. Having the support of an elected leader who already represents a good portion of our district speaks volumes about the campaign we’re building and our ability to flip the 7th District come November.”


Taylor’s endorsement adds to a growing list of former candidates and community leaders who have publicly backed Spanberger’s campaign. In 2017, former 7th District Democratic challengers Eileen Bedell and Jack Trammell officially endorsed. Other candidates including former 2018 primary opponent, Kim Gower, and House of Delegate Democratic nominees Larry Barnett (HD-27), Sheila Bynum-Coleman (HD-62), and Melissa Dart (HD-56) have also announced their support of Spanberger.

The 7th House district in Virginia is typically a Republican stronghold – but in the past few months, multiple election prediction and analysis sites have downgraded the probability of Dave Brat (R) being re-elected. With the ‘Blue Wave’ encompassing historically Republican districts in Virginia during the 2017 state elections, it isn’t out of the realm to expect more Democratic wins in a typically-red territory.

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