Richmond Sen. Jennifer McClellan launches campaign for governor in ‘unique times’

Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, promised no “retreat to the past” as she declared her candidacy Thursday for the Democratic nomination to become the next governor of Virginia.

McClellan would be the first woman, as well as the second African American, elected to the state’s highest office.

McClellan has represented the Richmond area in the General Assembly for 15 years, but she said “there’s no playbook” as she launched her campaign amid public unrest over police treatment of African Americans and an ongoing health crisis that has crippled Virginia’s economy.