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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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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 

 
Dec13

RICHMOND, VA- Today, Mayor-Elect Levar Stoney declared his support for Jennifer McClellan. Stoney released the following statement on his endorsement of McClellan:

“I wholeheartedly support Jennifer McClellan to be the next State Senator from the 9th Senate District. She is a proven, effective problem solver who is laser-focused on tackling Virginia’s critical issues. When the tough decisions are being made, Jennifer is who you want in the room making them. Jennifer has spent the past decade in the House of Delegates opposing bias and discrimination and advocating for working families, high quality education, and vibrant communities. Jennifer’s leadership has inspired me and she has encouraged my work in public service. I am proud of what she has accomplished for Richmonders and all Virginians in the House of Delegates, and I am eager for her to build on her work in the State Senate.”  


 

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We are now in the final week of the 2017 Session. We still have quite a bit of work to do, as a number of bills, including the budget, are in conference committees to work out differences between the House and Senate versions. Last week the Senate passed a number of controversial bills.

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.