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Jennifer McClellan's legislation is signed into law
Jennifer McClellan at the General Assembly
Senator McClellan Meets with constituents
Jennifer McClellan accepting the VEA Legislative Champion Award

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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.

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


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.


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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Last week the House and Senate adopted amendments to the 2016-2018 budget to address a projected $279.3 million revenue shortfall. The Senate budget reflects its top priorities of supporting mental health programs, avoiding spending cuts for public education and safety net programs, and providing an overdue pay raise for all state employees and teachers.  Specifically, the Senate budget proposes a 3 percent raise for state classified employees, a 2 percent raise for college and university faculty, the state share of a 2 percent raise for public school teachers, and a 2 percent raise for state-supported local employees.  Instead of providing a raise for teachers, the House budget increases funding for school divisions, which may use the money for raises or for other priorities. 


Last week, the General Assembly reached "Crossover," the mid-point of Session when the House and Senate must complete work on their own bills. Many of the bills my constituents have written or called me about were addressed prior to crossover and summarized in prior updates. Here is an overview of other bills acted upon last week.

Tomorrow marks the half-way point of the 2017 General Assembly Session, known as "Crossover," when the House and Senate must complete work on their own bills.  Over the next two days we will debate and vote on hundreds of bills on the Senate floor covering a wide variety of topics such as immigration, voting rights, school discipline, student loans, Airbnb, the regulation of property carriers, and public procurement.  My Op-Ed in yesterday's Richmond Times Dispatch discussed some of the school discipline bills we will address.
You can watch the Senate floor sessions live or find archived video from earlier floor sessions here