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.
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.