McClellan Campaign Announces 8 New AAPI Endorsers

McClellan endorsed by over 160 elected officials, grassroots organizations, and community leaders across Virginia 


RICHMOND, Va. — Today, gubernatorial candidate Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) announced eight new Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) endorsers during AAPI Heritage Month. The endorsements come during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.


The new endorsers are:

  • May Nivar, Midlothian. AAPI Community Leader; 

  • Eric Lin, Chesterfield, Community Leader;

  • Laura Pho, Henrico, Labor Attorney and Community Leader; 

  • Justin Lo, Richmond, Regulatory Enforcement Attorney and AAPI Community Leader; 

  • Faith A. Alejandro, Richmond, Labor and Employment Attorney; 

  • Dr. Felix Wang, Harrisonburg, Higher Education Administrator; 

  • Dr. Sidra Butt, Midlothian, Dentist and Community Leader; and

  • Angela Chiang, Chesterfield, Community Leader; 


“I’m honored to be endorsed by these prominent AAPI community advocates,” McClellan said. “Virginia is stronger because of the contributions of our diverse AAPI community in all corners of the Commonwealth. These AAPI community leaders’ endorsements represent the growing momentum around our campaign as we reach the final stretch of the June 8 primary race. I’m excited to bring a fresh perspective to the governor’s office and the experience to hit the ground running day one to rebuild our Commonwealth for every Virginian.” 


“In the midst of social reckoning, we need a Governor who has the lived experiences, legislative record, and no-nonsense leadership to move Virginia toward equity, inclusivity, and racial justice,” said community leader May Nivar, “As a legislator, Senator McClellan has spearheaded many bills that support and uplift Virginians from diverse backgrounds. As our next Governor, she will continue to work on eradicating the systemic issues that prevent Virginians from thriving together. She’s the leader Virginia needs now and for our future.”


“Jennifer has the history of success, experience and empathy that I look for in a leader. She also understands the importance of representation to those who have had to fight for their place at the table,” community leader Eric Lin said. “Jennifer has demonstrated how important it is to have people represent our communities at the highest levels of our government. Jennifer has patroned or passed more than 300 bills in her 16 years in the General Assembly and has championed voting rights, protections for immigrants and new Americans, criminal justice reform, reproductive rights, ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment among many others. For these reasons and more, I want Jennifer as my Governor.”


“Sen. McClellan has an 18-year public service record of supporting workers and working families,” Laura Pho, Labor Attorney and community leader said. “She was instrumental in the passage of the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, the Pregnant Worker Fairness Act, and the expansion of unemployment insurance during the pandemic.  Sen. McClellan’s work and platform show that she is the progressive leader we need to make our economy work, in good and bad times, for all Virginians.” 


“Senator Jennifer McClellan has dedicated her entire career to making room at the table for AAPI Virginians and other people of color,” said Justin Lo, Regulatory Enforcement Attorney and AAPI community leader. “There’s no one better to sit at the head of this table than Senator McClellan. It’s Senator McClellan’s time to lead Virginia toward the more progressive future that her landmark bills and other legislative accomplishments in the General Assembly have laid the groundwork for.  Time and time again, Senator McClellan has shown that she’s not interested in acquiring titles for herself, she’s interested in achieving progress for all Virginians.”  


McClellan’s full list of 160+ Virginia endorsements:

  • Virginia Organizations: New Virginia Majority, Care in Action, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia

  • 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 Member 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)

  • Former 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 Members: 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: May Nivar, AAPI Community Advocate (Midlothian); Laura Pho, Labor Attorney and Community Advocate (Henrico); Justin Lo, Regulatory Enforcement Attorney and AAPI Community Advocate (Richmond); Eric Lin, Community Advocate (Chesterfield); Faith A. Alejandro, Labor and Employment Attorney (Richmond); Dr. Sidra Butt, Dentist and Community Advocate (Midlothian); Dr. Felix Wang, Higher Education Administrator (Harrisonburg); Angela Chiang, Community Advocate (Chesterfield); 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; 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; 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 (Fairfax); 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), Rev. Dr. Melissa Mason (Mathews); Rev. Jean Pupke (Richmond); Senior
    Pastor 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; Hung Nguyen, business leader (Fairfax); Natasha McKeller-Crosby, LGBTQ+ advocate and business leader; Marques Jones (Henrico), business leader


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