As time winds down, McEachin backs Deeds
Influential local Senator Donald McEachin, a onetime candidate for statewide office himself, just announced his support of Senator Creigh Deeds in the Democratic primary. Deeds has been parsing out endorsements from his colleagues in the Senate and timed this announcement from McEachin on the day before the primary vote. (Local Senator Henry Marsh has already endorsed Senator Deeds)
The announcement provides Deeds the opportunity to reach out to voters in the Richmond area and the black community. McEachin is a well respected African-American figure and he is the 5th member of the Virginia Black Caucus to get behind Deeds.
Is this a sign that prominent Democrats are now jumping on the bandwagon, or was Deeds just waiting to announce that someone he works with everyday is now on board?
The full release is after the jump..
Fifth member of VA Black Caucus to endorse Deeds
HENRICO COUNTY – With one day to go before the June 9th primary, State Senator Donald McEachin (D-Henrico County) announced that he is supporting Creigh Deeds in the Democratic primary for Governor. McEachin is the fifth member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to endorse Deeds.
“I’m proud to join Creigh’s campaign to move Virginia forward,” said Senator McEachin. “Creigh has been a strong ally in our fight to crackdown on payday lenders. We can count on Creigh to put working families ahead of corporate interests. He will put us in the strongest position to beat Bob McDonnell in November, and I’m encouraging Virginia Democrats to vote for Creigh Deeds on Tuesday.”
“I’m thrilled that Senator McEachin has joined my grassroots campaign to bring opportunity to every corner of Virginia,” said Creigh Deeds. “Senator McEachin will be a key partner in our effort to ban all payday lending in Virginia when I’m Governor. And together, we will improve education and create better college opportunities for every Virginian.”
Senator McEachin was first elected to the Virginia State Senate in 2007 to represent Charles City County and parts of Henrico County and the City of Richmond. He previously served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1996-2001, and 2005-2007. Donald is very active in the community, and is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, the NAACP, the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Virginia Union University.
Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Members Senators Henry Marsh, Louise Lucas, Yvonne Miller, and Delegate Delores McQuinn have previously announced their endorsements of Creigh Deeds.