Former U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia John Fishwick Endorses McClellan for Governor

Fishwick: ‘Senator McClellan is and will be a strong and bold leader for our state.’


RICHMOND, Va. — Today, gubernatorial candidate Senator Jennnifer McClellan (D-Richmond) received an endorsement from former U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia John Fishwick.


Appointed by President Barack Obama, Fishwick was the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in the District and dedicated his service to collaborating with local and state law enforcement officials to fight the rise of gun violence and finding potential solutions to a growing heroin epidemic in Southwest Virginia. Currently in private practice, Fishwick proudly represents individuals who have had their civil rights violated. He has been recognized for his work in this field of the law by being awarded in 2016 the Drum Major for Justice Award by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. 


“Senator McClellan is and will be a strong and bold leader for our state,” Fishwick said. “I also believe in the fall election she will increase voter turnout, and this is always a challenge in an off year election when our party controls the White House.”


I’m honored to receive an endorsement from John Fishwick, a steadfast leader in Western Virginia,” McClellan said. “John’s support shows the strength that is propelling our campaign towards the June 8 primary. I’m proud to have increasing support from every corner of the Commonwealth because our grassroots momentum is what will defeat Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin this November.”


Fishwick’s endorsement comes on the heels of McClellan’s victory in the Roanoke and Montgomery County Democratic Committees’ SWVA Sprint to the Primary Straw Poll last Friday. McClellan has also received endorsements from Roanoke Vice Mayor Patrica White-Boyd, Lynchburg City Council Member Treney Tweedy, Radford School Board Vice Chair Liz Altieri, former Radford City Council Member Laurie Buchwald, and civil rights advocate Clarence Dunnaville.


Find the full list of endorsements below:


  • Virginia Organizations: New Virginia Majority, NARAL Virginia, Virginia’s List

  • National Organizations: Care in Action, FundHer, Women of Color Coalition, BRAT Pac

  • Senators: Sens. Mamie Locke (Hampton), Jennifer Boysko (Fairfax), Ghazala Hashmi (Chesterfield), Monty Mason (Williamsburg), and Lynwood Lewis (Accomack)

  • Delegates: Ken Plum (Fairfax), Jeff Bourne (Richmond), Rodney Willett (Henrico), Betsy Carr (Richmond), Paul Krizek (Fairfax), David Bulova (Fairfax City) and Kathy Tran (Fairfax)

  • Former Members of Congress: Former U.S. Rep. Leslie Byrne (Fairfax)

  • Former Cabinet Officials: Virginia Secretary of Administration and Delegate Viola Baskerville; Virginia Secretary of Commerce Patrick Gottschalk; Virginia Secretary of Technology and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra; Virginia Secretary of Education and Chesterfield County School Board Chair Javaid Siddiqi; Virginia Assistant Secretary of Education Douglas Garcia

  • Former Delegates: Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (Henry), Albert Pollard (Lancaster), Dwight Jones (Richmond), Daun Hester (Norfolk), Karen Darner (Arlington)

  • Mayors: Justin Wilson (Alexandria), Deanna Reed (Harrisonburg)

  • Former Mayors: Dwight Jones (Richmond), Jim Foley (Ashland); Virginia Daugherty (Charlottesville)

  • Vice Mayors: Sal Romero (Harrisonburg); Patricia White-Boyd (Roanoke); Marilyn Alexander (Lexington); John Hodges (Ashland)

  • County Board of Supervisors: Phyllis Randall (Chair, Loudoun), Frank Thornton (Former Chair, Henrico), Katie Cristol (Arlington), Faye Prichard (Hanover); Melissa Mason (Mathews)

  • Fmr. County Board of Supervisors: Connie Brennan (Nelson)

  • Sheriff: Arlisa Gregory (Henrico)

  • Commonwealth’s Attorneys: Jim Hingeley (Albemarle), Megan Clark (Prince Edward)

  • City Council Members: Treney Tweedy (Lynchburg, former Mayor), John Chapman (Alexandria), Chris Jones (Harrisonburg), Brenda Mead (Staunton), Katherine Jordan (Richmond), Lloyd Snook (Charlottesville)

  • Former City Council Member: Laurie Buchwald (Radford)

  • Town Council Member: Cydny A. Neville (Dumfries), Daniel McGraw (Ashland)

  • Commissioners of Revenue: Jenefer Hughes (Chesterfield), Tiffany Boyle (Newport News)

  • City Treasurer: Daun Hester (Norfolk)

  • School Board Members: Atoosa Reaser (Vice Chair, Loudoun), Liz Altieri (Vice Chair, Radford), Jacinta Green (Alexandria), Judy Le (Albemarle), Dr. Shonda M. Harris-Mohammad (Richmond), Crystal Cobbs (Danville)

  • Former School Board: Carol Ao Wolf (Richmond), Lawrence Webb (Falls Church),  Tannia Talento (Arlington County)

  • Former U. S. Attorney: John Fishwick (Roanoke)

  • Democratic Party leaders: Susan Platt, 2017 Lt. Gov. candidate and founder of EmergeVA; Terron Sims, II, Vice Chair of DNC Veterans and Military Families Council; Toni Radler, former Chair of the Hanover Democratic Committee; Alfonso Nevarez, Loudoun labor activist and former Chair of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee

  • Community leaders and advocates: Clarence Dunnaville, civil rights advocate and attorney (Roanoke); Robert Barnette, Jr. (Hanover), civil rights advocate; Rodney Robinson (Richmond), 2019 National Teacher of the Year; Stephen Adkins (Charles City), community leader; Kati Hornung (Chesterfield), women’s equality activist; Erin Matson (Arlington), women’s rights advocate and former VP of National Organization for Women; Dr. Wendy Klein (Richmond), physician and health equity advocate; Sindy Benavides, advocate; Leni Gonzalez (Arlington), Latino community leader; Amy Wentz (Richmond), community leader; Dr. Andrea Douglas (Charlottesville), art and culture historian & community leader; Faith Elizabeth “Liza” Walker Mickens (Richmond), community leader; Robert Grey (Richmond), former President of the American Bar Association and community leader; Leslie Cockburn (Rappahannock), investigative journalist and former candidate for U.S. Representative from VA-05; Amanda Pohl (Chesterfield), community leader and former candidate for State Senate; Debra Gardner, community leader and candidate for House of Delegates; Deanna Fierro, education advocate and former candidate for Richmond City School Board; Morgan Goodman (Hanover), environmental scientist and former candidate for Delegate; Tavarris Spinks (Richmond), community advocate and former candidate for Richmond City Council; Patsy Watson, grassroots community advocate (Farmville); Cale Jaffe (Charlottesville), community leader; Glenda Scales (Blacksburg), community leader; Joseph Papa (Richmond), community leader; Lakshmi Challa (Richmond), immigration attorney; Antoinette Rogers (Richmond), educator; Anthony Gitalado (Suffolk), veteran; Avohom Carpenter (Chesterfield), community leader; Barbara Klear (Norfolk), community leader; Don Glazer (Richmond), physician and community leader; Rupa Murthy (Richmond), community leader; Ruth Twiggs (Richmond), community leader; Sidra Butt (Chesterfield), dentist and community leader; Jamie Nolan (Richmond), community leader; Luke Priddy (Roanoke) community leader; Dawnee Giammittorio (Fairfax) gun violence prevention advocate; Yvonne Lewis (Chesapeake), community leader; Dr. Cathy Bacote (Hampton), education leader; Janine Bell (Richmond), community leader; Allida Black (Arlington), human rights activist; Annie Campbell (Richmond), educator; Rita Davis (Richmond), attorney; Pam Mines (Richmond), disability and child care advocate; Missy Neff (Richmond), civic leader; Ann Taylor (Petersburg), educator; Linda Thomas (Carolina), community activist; Dr. Omega Wilson (Richmond), education leader; Alexsis Rodgers (Richmond), Virginia State Director for Care In Action; Tram Nguyen (Richmond), Co-Executive Director of New Virginia Majority; Andrew Pavord, Providence District Community Activist; Anita Coleman Wynn, Community Leader; Dan Matthews, Democratic Activist (Arlington); Don Davenport, Equality Advocate; Ed Turner, Disability Rights Advocate (Virginia Beach); Jewel Jordan, Community Activist; Leroy Lane, Educator (Chesterfield County); Luke Priddy, Community Leader (Roanoke); Mark Angres, Lawyer and Community Leader (Fairfax); Mary Jo Sheeley, Attorney and Former Candidate for House of Delegates; Reginald A. Early, Community Leader (Lexington); Saddam Salim, Community Activist (Providence District); Stan Scott, Veteran and Community Leader; Holly Jackson-Conrad, Retired Educator (Richmond); Thomasine Lawrence, Retired Educator (Richmond); Wilbert Lawrence, Jr., Retired Educator (Richmond); Dr. Doris Mallory-Bey, Retired Administrator, Richmond Public Schools

  • Faith leaders: Rev. Randell Williams (Hanover); Dr. Rodney Waller (Richmond); Pastor Michelle Thomas (Loudoun); Dr. Lance D. Watson (Henrico); Rev. Ricardo Haynes (Richmond), faith leader; Rev. Dr. Melissa Mason (Mathews), faith leader; Rev. Jean Pupke (Richmond) pastor and faith leader; McKinley Williams (Lexington)

  • Business leaders: Kelli Lemon (Richmond), owner of Urban Hang Suite; Mike Hamlar (Roanoke), owner of Hamlar Properties; Adrienne Whitaker, business leader (Richmond); Stephanie Wilkinson (Lexington), owner of the Red Hen restaurant; Mahmud Chowdhury (Richmond), business leader; Christy Burton Omarzai (Chesterfield), business owner; Leslie Rubio (Richmond), business leader; Rumy Mohta (Richmond), business and community leader; Hung Nguyen, business leader (Fairfax); Natasha McKeller-Crosby, LGBTQ+ advocate and business leader; Marques Jones (Henrico), business leader