DLCC and Virginia Senate Democrats Win Special Election

Press Releases
January 8, 2019
Mara Sloan
DLCC Communications Director
[email protected]
DLCC and Virginia Senate Democrats Win Special Election
Senator-elect Jennifer Boysko won the special election for SD-33, positioning Democrats to flip the chamber blue in November
WASHINGTON — Tonight in Virginia, Democrat and Senator-elect Jennifer Boysko won the special election for Senate District 33. With Democrats only down two seats in the chamber, this victory sets the tone for the cycle as the DLCC and Virginia Senate Democrats prepare to regain control of the chamber in November.
DLCC Spotlight candidate and Senator-elect Boysko previously served in the Virginia House of Delegates where she helped to pass Medicaid expansion and fought to improve education, protect reproductive rights, and defend Virginia’s working families. She campaigned on increasing access to health care and services, passing common sense gun safety measures, safeguarding Virginia’s air and water, and fully funding public schools. The DLCC invested $10,000 to boost Get Out The Vote efforts in the district.
“Only eight days into the new year and the DLCC has already claimed a special election victory,” said DLCC Executive Director Jessica Post. “Congratulations to Senator-elect Boysko. With Virginia Democrats just two seats away from regaining majorities in both the state House and Senate, the DLCC is ready to turn Virginia blue this November! Virginia Republicans know that the momentum is on Democrats’ side and even prominent Republicans would rather retire than face tough re-election fights. We have dozens of other special elections already set in states across the country, and we’ll continue to flip seats as we work to build Democratic majorities in the states.”
Last December, Jessica Post joined Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Democratic Senate Leader Dick Saslaw, and House Democratic Leader David Toscano to announce an initial early investment by the DLCC of $1 million to flip the Virginia House and Senate to Democratic control.
In the 2018 cycle, Democrats flipped nearly 400 state legislative seats and gained eight new Democratic majorities. This is the most chambers flipped since the 2006 cycle, and the most seats flipped by Democrats in a generation. Nearly 1,250 of the Democrats elected to their state legislatures in 2018 were women, and more than 900 were candidates of color. The DLCC knows that when Democrats have the majority in chambers, policies are passed that help all Americans. As the only organization exclusively committed to electing Democrats to state legislatures all over the country and winning Democratic control of chambers, the DLCC has been working with state legislative leaders for over two decades to invest strategically in state programs and rebuild the Democratic Party from the ground up. With the help of the DLCC, state Democrats are leading the resistance against the Trump administration’s extremist policies while moving our nation forward one state at a time.
For more information or to schedule an interview with the DLCC, please contact Mara Sloan at [email protected].
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