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Jan9
We've accomplished so much together in a short time.
Since the start, supporters like you across the district have taken action to help our campaign, knocking doors, making phone calls, hosting events, and donating--now we're less than 24 hours away from the Special Election that could send me to the Senate. 

In order for us to win tomorrow, we'll need a strong voter turnout in the district on my behalf. With Special Elections, turnout is particularly important. With bad weather like we have now, it's especially important that good voters like you vote. We'll need every vote to win. So please grab a friend and head to the polls to vote tomorrow
 
Here's everything thing you need to know about voting tomorrow:
  • In order to have your vote counted you must vote at your polling place. You can find your polling place here
  • If you have requested a ballot and have not mailed it yet, you can still vote. Bring your completed ballot with you to your local registrar's office, or cast your ballot in person at your polling place by 7 p.m.
  • If you run into any issues at the polls, or have any questions about voting please do not hesitate to call the voter protection hotline: 844-4VA-VOTE.
  • If you anticipate needing a ride to get to the polls on election day, please call our campaign 804-482-0714.
Dec27

UPDATE: Due to expectedly inclement weather conditions all GOTV canvass shifts for this weekend have been cancelled!

Instead, we are asking every single person to step up and commit at least one hour of their time to making calls from home for the campaign.

Supporters like you volunteering your time is the only way we can bring Jenn to victory on Tuesday.

Every phone call we make and every voter we reach could equal another vote at the polls.

Email tyrone@jennifermcclellan.com to get set up with virtual phone bank, which gives you instructions and a list of people to call, and start making calls now!

 
 
 
Dec24

As soon as Jennifer McClellan set foot on the block in Richmond's Fan District, a man in a Santa hat called out to say he'll vote for her. A couple took a break from wrapping presents to chat with McClellan, telling her she'll be just fine.

"With a special, anything can happen," said McClellan, who says she's taking nothing for granted amid the unusual rhythms of a holiday special election to fill an opening in the state Senate.

Others are more certain.

"This is going to be Senator McClellan," Mimi Herington said as McClellan moved down the West Avenue sidewalk. "And then maybe..."

After spending most of her adult life in Democratic politics and activism, McClellan, 44, expected big things from 2016. Hillary Clinton was set to beat Donald Trump, a man McClellan said she feared like no other candidate before, and make history as the first woman to become president.

Tim Kaine - McClellan's political guide, who won his race for governor on the same 2005 night when she was elected to the House of Delegates - would take his brand of uplift and optimism to the national stage as vice president.

 
 
Dec24

Today the Brookland Park Area Association formally endorses Jennifer McClellan in her bid to represent the 9th District in the State Senate. As the 71st District Delegate she has been a constant and consistent advocate for the people of Richmond. She has been a huge advocate for the improvement of the lives of  our children. 

As one of the largest business associations in the City, we know that  she has been a constant support in our efforts to revitalize the Brookland Park Historic District and the City as a whole. As a Delegate she has been tireless in her advocacy for quality education and vibrant communities that are the staples for the enrichment of lives in this City.

Because of her continued work on behalf of our City we fully support her and we ask that you all get behind Jennifer as she takes our interests into the State Senate. So on January 10, 2017, make sure to vote for Jennifer McClellan for the 9th District Sentence seat. Our City needs her. Thanks

Willie Hilliard, President 

 

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We're nearly one-third of the way through the 2017 Session.  This week is the last week Senate and House committees will act on bills before crossover, so we are in for long days.  
 
On Monday, the Senate considered SB 1055 increasing the penalties for failure to leave the place of any riot or unlawful assembly after being lawfully warned to disperse. I highlighted my opposition to this bill  in last week's newsletteron the radio, in my most recent Richmond Free Press update, and spoke against the bill on the Senate floor.  I'm pleased to report the bill was defeated  14-26.  You can watch my floor remarks opposing the bill  here.
 
In a victory for equality, the Senate passed SB 783 (Sen. Ebbin) prohibiting discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and SB 822 (Sen. Wexton) prohibiting such discrimination in housing.  I was proud to co-sponsor both bills, which passed 25-14. Unfortunately both face an uphill battle in the House.  
 
The Senate also passed several bills that I co-patroned to strengthen relations between law enforcement and communities, align Virginia with the rest of the nation in punishment for theft, and assist former felons who reintegrate into society after completing their sentences:    
  • SB 1047 (Sen. Lucas) expands mandatory training for law-enforcement officers to include fair and impartial policing, verbal de-escalation, and the needs of special populations;
  • SB 816 (Sen. Surovell) increases the grand larceny felony threshold from $200, currently one of the lowest in the nation, to $500; and
  • SB 1171 (Sen. Dance) "bans the box" by removing questions pertaining to criminal background from the initial job application for state employment and allowing localities to do the same. The prohibition does not apply to applications for employment with law-enforcement agencies, certain positions designated as sensitive, or in instances where a state agency is expressly authorized by a specific federal or state law to inquire into criminal history for employment purposes. Agencies may consider criminal history later in the process, but this bill removes a significant barrier for many to even be considered for employment.   
The Senate also passed 36-3 legislation to regulate predatory online loans.   SB 1126 (Sen. Surovell) makes clear that Virginia's consumer finance laws apply to internet loans made to Virginia residents or any individuals in Virginia, whether or not the person making the loans maintains a physical presence in the Commonwealth.
We're nearly one-third of the way through the 2017 Session.  This week is the last week Senate and House committees will act on bills before crossover, so we are in for long days.  
 
On Monday, the Senate considered SB 1055 increasing the penalties for failure to leave the place of any riot or unlawful assembly after being lawfully warned to disperse. I highlighted my opposition to this bill  in last week's newsletteron the radio, in my most recent Richmond Free Press update, and spoke against the bill on the Senate floor.  I'm pleased to report the bill was defeated  14-26.  You can watch my floor remarks opposing the bill  here.
 
In a victory for equality, the Senate passed SB 783 (Sen. Ebbin) prohibiting discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and SB 822 (Sen. Wexton) prohibiting such discrimination in housing.  I was proud to co-sponsor both bills, which passed 25-14. Unfortunately both face an uphill battle in the House.  
 
The Senate also passed several bills that I co-patroned to strengthen relations between law enforcement and communities, align Virginia with the rest of the nation in punishment for theft, and assist former felons who reintegrate into society after completing their sentences:    
  • SB 1047 (Sen. Lucas) expands mandatory training for law-enforcement officers to include fair and impartial policing, verbal de-escalation, and the needs of special populations;
  • SB 816 (Sen. Surovell) increases the grand larceny felony threshold from $200, currently one of the lowest in the nation, to $500; and
  • SB 1171 (Sen. Dance) "bans the box" by removing questions pertaining to criminal background from the initial job application for state employment and allowing localities to do the same. The prohibition does not apply to applications for employment with law-enforcement agencies, certain positions designated as sensitive, or in instances where a state agency is expressly authorized by a specific federal or state law to inquire into criminal history for employment purposes. Agencies may consider criminal history later in the process, but this bill removes a significant barrier for many to even be considered for employment.   
The Senate also passed 36-3 legislation to regulate predatory online loans.   SB 1126 (Sen. Surovell) makes clear that Virginia's consumer finance laws apply to internet loans made to Virginia residents or any individuals in Virginia, whether or not the person making the loans maintains a physical presence in the Commonwealth.
January 23, 2017
 
My 2017 Legislation
 
Due to the timing of my swearing in to the Senate, I am limited in the number of bills I can introduce this session. I have introduced 7 bills this year, which you can track here
 
SB 1475 calls for changes to the family life education curriculum guidelines that include age-appropriate instruction that increases student awareness of the fact that consent is required before sexual activity. I am carrying this bill on behalf of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency.
 
SB 1476  requires the Department of Education to develop and make available to each local school board, training for hearing officers in teacher dismissal hearings. I am carrying this bill on behalf of the Virginia Education Association. 
 
 
SB 1477 makes several changes to provisions relating to blind and visually impaired students, including (i) requiring a learning media assessment (LMA) to be administered as part of the initial evaluation and each reevaluation of each student with blindness or visual impairments or more frequently, if such student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) team so determines; (ii) requiring instruction in Braille reading and writing and accommodations for materials in Braille to be included in the IEP of a student with blindness or visual impairments commensurate with his IEP team's determination of his or her needs based upon the results of such LMA, and (iii) requiring the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to assist the Board of Education and each local school board with ongoing professional development for teachers of students with blindness or visual impairments, including knowledge of and instruction in Braille and the administration and evaluation of LMAs. I am carrying this bill on behalf of the Association for Education and Rehab of the Blind and Visually Impaired. 
 
SB 1478 allows a court to modify a restitution payment plan or amend the amount of restitution due for good cause shown after a hearing in which the defendant, Commonwealth's Attorney, and the victim have been notified. I am carrying this bill on behalf of the Virginia Crime Commission. 
 
SB 1493 establishes the Computer Science for All Virginians Students Advisory Committee and Computer Science for All Virginia Students public-private partnership. I am carrying this bill on behalf of CodeVA.
 
SB 1494 allows brokers to arrange rides with transportation network companies (like Uber and Lyft) but with specific drivers whom they designate as their favorites.  The bill requires such brokers to be licensed by DMV and includes insurance requirements for TNC partner vehicles operating at the request of a broker. This bill was requested by UZERV, an innovative new business in the Richmond area.
 
SB 1519 adds meningococcal conjugate to the list of immunizations students must receive before entering sixth grade. I am carrying this bill on behalf of the Virginia Department of Health.
 
I am also co-sponsoring several bills, which I will highlight next week, and that you can track here.

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