BROOKLYN (December 14, 2022) –– Higher Heights for America PAC, the only political action committee exclusively dedicated to electing more Black women to public office, has officially announced its endorsement of Jennifer McClellan for Congress (VA-04) in the “Firehouse Primary” Election.
This “firehouse primary” special election is to fill the seat of Rep. A. Donald McEachin, who passed away last month. A nominee from each party will advance to the special election, which will take place on February 21, 2023.
McClellan said that if elected, she hoped to model her service in Congress after Congressman McEachin, with whom she served in the House of Delegates and succeeded in the Virginia Senate, calling him a friend and mentor. She is committed to continuing that legacy of service and breaking barriers.
“Jennifer has been a champion in the State Senate and has the experience and the drive to be
an excellent representative for the 4th Congressional District of Virginia,” said Higher Heights President and CEO Glynda Carr. “Jennifer is our selection because she is a champion for the issues that impact women. If elected, Jennifer would be the only and the first Black woman in the Virginia Congressional Delegation. We look forward to working hard to make sure the nation sees how Black women lead when she is sworn in as a member of Congress. She represents the possibilities that exist to change the face of leadership for our nation.”
As a State Senator, McClellan has dedicated her life to serving Virginia’s people and ensuring that all Virginians have their voices heard in government. Jennifer served greater Richmond in the General Assembly for 17 years. She has earned a reputation as a strong legislative champion for Virginians, passing landmark laws to protect voting rights, safeguard abortion access, tackle climate change, rebuild crumbling schools, expand Obamacare in Virginia, protect workers’ rights, and reform Virginia’s criminal justice system.
McClellan previously ran for the Governor of Virginia in 2020, and now has a chance to represent her district in the halls of Congress, to continue delivering for the people of Virginia, and to make sure their voices are heard in Washington, D.C.
McClellan says she would bring something her opponents don’t have: the perspective of a Black woman, as the first-ever elected to US Congress from Virginia.
“Every issue is a women’s issue. There are some that impact women, and Black women in particular, differently. But every issue impacts us in a way that sometimes our voice and our perspective is not heard because we don’t have a seat at the table,” said McClellan, “and it’s really time that Virginia’s congressional delegation have that voice and that perspective.”
Higher Heights for America PAC is the only political action committee providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies from the voting booth to elected office, and creating the environment for Black women to run, win and lead. For additional information, visit https://www.higherheightsforamerica.o