The Most LGBT Friendly Statewide Leadership in Virginia History

December 18, 2013


With Mark Obenshain conceding the race for Attorney General today, Virginia is poised to have the most LGBT friendly statewide leadership in its history take office in January. The election of Terry McAuliffe as Governor, Ralph Northam as Lt. Governor, and Mark Herring as Attorney General may spark the necessary changes needed to ensure equality for all Virginians.

The fight is still very much real, however. The biggest hurdle to pro-equality legislation will be the Republican dominated House of Delegates. It’s also critical that Democrats win the seats being vacated by Senator Northam and Senator Herring in order to turn the Virginia Senate blue with Lt. Governor Northam having the ability to cast tie-breaking votes. We’ll have more information on how you can help win in those districts soon.

I hope you’ll consider celebrating this historic occasion by joining us at our Inaugural Brunch on January 11th.

About the Author

Joel McDonald
Joel McDonald serves as the Vice-Chair for Technology and Communications for LGBT Democrats of Virginia. He has also served in a number of roles within the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee, including webmaster, treasurer, and precinct and elections director. Joel won election to the Virginia Beach School Board in 2012 and is running for reelection this year. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Old Dominion University. Joel provides web development and communications services through his business, Comit Strategies.