McClellan Campaign Announces 25 New Virginia Endorsers

McClellan has earned over 150 endorsements from across Virginia to date

RICHMOND, Va. — Today, gubernatorial candidate Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) announced 25 new endorsements for her run to become the next governor of Virginia, bringing her total number of endorsements to more than 150. McClellan has the wide support from all corners of the commonwealth, including more than 50 elected officials. 

McClellan’s latest endorsers include the Chair of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, and members of the Charlottesville City Council, Ashland Town Council, Richmond School Board, Danville School Board and Radford School Board.

If elected, McClellan will be the first woman governor in Virginia history and first Black woman governor in U.S. history.  Last month, McClellan rolled out her “Women for McClellan” action group with 75 women endorsers from across the Commonwealth including Virginia’s first elected Congresswoman Leslie Byrne (D-Fairfax). McClelan has also received the support of Oregon Governor Kate Brown and grassroots organizations New Virginia Majority, Care In Action, Women of Color Coalition, and FundHer.

“I’m thrilled to bring the support of 25 new endorsers to our growing grassroots movement,” McClellan said. “Over the past 15 years, I’ve put building diverse coalitions of Virginians at the heart of my work delivering generational progress in the General Assembly. As our momentum continues to grow, I’m excited to bring a fresh perspective to the governor’s office as we rebuild a Virginia where no community is left behind.”

“I have known Jennifer for a long time and have watched her lead change, serve the greater Richmond community, and deliver generational progress for Virginia,” Henrico County Board of Supervisors Member Frank Thornton said. “Our Commonwealth is long overdue for a new perspective, and we need a governor who can get things done on day one. I know that Jennifer has the experience and perspective to lead Virginia forward. She’s the champion Henrico needs.”

“No one can match Jennifer McClellan’s command of the issues — both the details and the passion,” Charlottesville City Council Member Lloyd Snook said. “We need her leadership.” 

I am supporting Jennifer McClellan for Governor because I believe she is the best woman for the job,” Radford School Board Member Liz Altieri said. “As a candidate, she brings with her a wealth of experience in Virginia government and a refreshing perspective on important issues including education, infrastructure, and equity and inclusion.”

“I am excited to support Senator Jennifer McClellan to be the next Governor of Virginia,” former Arlington School Boardmember Tannia Talento said. “She is a proven leader and advocate for our Commonwealth, has the depth of experience necessary to govern, and is the person we need to serve as our next Governor of Virginia.”

Jennifer McClellan has the most experience of any candidate in the governor’s race, and she is the candidate of choice to lead Virginia boldly into the future,”  LGBTQ+ Advocate and Business Leader Natasha McKeller-Crosby said. “I am honored to endorse her candidacy for governor.”

“I support Senator Jennifer McClellan because she has shown over the last 15 years her total dedication to the citizens of the Commonwealth with progressive and equitable legislation that we now call law,” Community Activist Jewel Jordan said.

Find McClellan’s latest endorsements below:

  • Frank Thornton, Henrico County Board of Supervisors Member and Fairfield District Supervisor

  • Lloyd Snook, Charlottesville City Council Member

  • Daniel McGraw, Ashland Town Council Member

  • Liz Altieri, Vice Chair of the Radford School Board 

  • Dr. Shonda M. Harris-Mohammad, Richmond School Board Member

  • Crystal Cobbs, Danville School Board Member

  • Tannia Talento, Latino Community Leader and Former Chair of the Arlington County School Board 

  • Andrew Pavord, Providence District Community Activist

  • Anita Coleman-Wynn, Community Volunteer

  • Dan Matthews, Democratic Activist from Arlington

  • Don Davenport, Equality Advocate 

  • Ed Turner, Disability Rights Advocate from Virginia Beach

  • Hung Nguyen, Business and Community Leader from Fairfax

  • Jewel Jordan, Community Activist

  • Leroy Lane, Educator from Chesterfield County

  • Luke Priddy, Community Leader from Roanoke

  • Mark Angres, Lawyer and Community Leader from Fairfax

  • Mary Jo Sheeley, Attorney and Former Candidate for House of Delegates

  • McKinley Williams, Pastor and Faith Leader from Lexington

  • Monica Hutchinson, Henrico County Community Leader

  • Natasha McKeller-Crosby, LGBTQ+ Advocate and Business Leader

  • Reginald A. Early, Community Leader from Lexington

  • Saddam Salim, Providence District Community Activist

  • Stan Scott, Veteran and Community Leader

  • Willie Hilliard, Community Leader from Richmond

Find the full list of endorsements below:

  • Virginia Organizations: New Virginia Majority, Care in Action

  • 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)

  • 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