Update by Jackson Revere
Rodney Willett is the Democratic candidate filling the seat left behind by Del. Debra Rodman in HD-73 (Henrico). Willett just sent out an announcement in regards to his candidacy. Check it out below:
Henrico – Rodney Willett, a 20 year Henrico resident with his wife and three children, who is vice-president of Community Impact at Impact Makers, is the Democratic nominee for the 73rd House of Delegates District being vacated by Delegate Debra Rodman. In a demonstration of strength and support, he filed more petitions than required, was the only Democrat to file and elected Democratic officials are rallying to his cause.
Willett said, “As a progressive Democrat, I have dedicated my life to making a difference for all Virginians, ensuring no one is left behind. My work with Impact Makers has centered on my core value of lifting people up and making organizations and governments more inclusive, accessible, and transparent.
“As member of the House of Delegates, I will fight for access to affordable health care for all. Expansion of Medicaid was an important first step but we need to ensure that all Virginians have access to quality care, including coverage for pre-existing conditions and mental health care.
“I know the importance of a top notch public education system that offers opportunity for children no matter where they live, the color of their skin or their country of origin. The 73rd district includes children of numerous nationalities and ALL students in our diverse school communities must have the same opportunities. We also know that early childhood education is strongly correlated to success in school and I want all children to have access to preschool. And, for those students who choose higher education, graduation should not include a mountain of insurmountable debt.
“I will fight every day to make sure Virginia is an inclusive place with no tolerance for bigotry or discrimination. We need to pass the long overdue ERA to put women in the Constitution. We must be vigilant to assure that Virginia is a welcoming state with equal opportunity, fairness and justice for all.”
Rod’s candidacy is supported by Democratic elected officials in Henrico. State Senator McClellan said, “I am so excited to have Rod in the House of Delegates. I have known him for 17 years and I know him to be compassionate, inclusive, hard-working and dedicated to improving our community. I will be working closely with him to make sure he is elected. “
Delegate Lamont Bagby, who represents part of Henrico and is chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, said, “I have worked with Rod through my day job at Peter Paul, an outreach and community center in the East End. Rod has helped ensure the success of Peter Paul and many other valuable nonprofit social justice programs in the Richmond area through his work at Impact Makers. I am eager to have him join me in the House of Delegates to further our shared values. “