By David Hylton
State Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) announced her plans Monday to run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Donald McEachin, who won a U.S. House seat last week.
McClellan says she was "devastated" by last week's presidential election results and has "heeded Hillary Clinton’s call to continue fighting for what’s right knowing that there is still much work to be done. "
"Donald McEachin has been an exemplary state senator and a strong progressive champion," she said in a news release. " Now more than ever his leadership will be needed in Washington."
McClellan says she would build on her work in the House if elected to the Senate.
"I would have an opportunity to ... provide a high quality public education system for every child, strong and safe neighborhoods, and economic opportunity for all Virginians. I will be a strong and passionate voice for social justice and a champion for the citizens of the 9th Senate District," she said.
The 9th District includes part of the city of Richmond and parts of Henrico and Hanover counties, as well as all of Charles City County.
A date has not yet been set for the special election.