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Del. Dance running for Va. Senate
By Staff Reports
Jul 17, 2014, 15:00

Delegate Rosalyn R. Dance announced this week that she is running for the seat left by longtime State Sen. Henry L. Marsh.

Marsh announced he was retiring July 3 and he has been named commissioner of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Senate Finance Chairman, Sen. Walter Stosch announced recently that the special election to fill the vacant seat in Virginia’s 16th Senatorial District would be held on Nov. 4.

“I would like to thank Senator Marsh for his dedication and service to the Commonwealth for over 40 years! His commitment to civil rights and equality will continue to be an integral part of the 16th District. Yesterday, I officially announced my intent to seek the Democratic nomination for the 16th Senatorial District at the Richmond City Democratic Committee’s Annual Barbecue!” Dance said in her official announcement.

“I look forward to the opportunity to be the Democratic senatorial voice for the constituents of the 16th Senatorial District. It would be an honor to partner with Senator Donald McEachin as a second voice for the city of Richmond and to continue serving these other five localities (counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George; the cities of Hopewell and Petersburg) that makeup the 16th Senatorial District.”

“I have served as a public servant for 22 years; 12 as the Mayor of Petersburg and 10 as a member of the House of Delegates representing the 63rd District. I know there will be one or two worthy opponents for this job and I trust the voters of the 16th Senatorial District will weigh our resumes, tract record of success and our collective skills, knowledge and abilities to best represent them.”

The Democratic Party of Virginia will set a date for a nomination process in the coming days to determine who will represent democrats in the 16th Senatorial District during the November 4th special election. Each party has until August 15th at 5 p.m. to submit a nominee.

Marsh was picked by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to head the ABC Board.

He served in the Virginia Senate for 23 years, representing the 16th Senate District. Marsh served as co-chair of the Courts of Justice Committee, and also served on the Finance, Transportation, and Local Government Committees. Marsh was the first African-American to serve as chair of the Courts of Justice Committee from 2008 to 2011. Marsh is also the co-chair of the Virginia Justice Reinvestment Initiative that works with national experts to formulate policies and programs to reduce incarceration rates. Marsh serves on many other commissions and boards across the Commonwealth. Prior to being elected to the Senate of Virginia, Marsh served on the Richmond City Council from 1966 to 1991 and was elected as Richmond’s first African-American Mayor in 1977.

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