Democratic nominee Donald McEachin brought home the win Tuesday night for the 4th District against his opponent, Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade.
The Virginia senator was welcomed by a cheering room full of friends, family and supporters at a watch party hosted by the Democratic Party of Virginia and Metro Area Richmond Young Democrats in Shockoe Bottom.
“This really is a dream come true folks,” said McEachin during his victory speech.
McEachin won the 4th District with 57 percent of the vote, while Wade had 43 percent.
After thanking the crowd, McEachin took his time to specifically thank his campaign’s volunteers for their work throughout the campaign.
He confirmed that Wade had called McEachin and given his congratulations to the senator on his win. In return, McEachin thanked him for a clean and challenging race.
“We know we’re out here making history and that history doesn’t come easy,” said McEachin.
McEachin currently serves as the senator for the 9th District but will now represent the 4th District as well, which includes areas of Chesterfield, Sussex and Colonial Heights.
At the time of his victory speech, Virginia had just been announced as a win for the democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Early Wednesday morning the former secretary of state went on to concede to her republican counterpart, Donald Trump, who has been declared the president elect.
One of the notable characteristics about this election cycle, for national, state and local government, is the turnout of young voters. McEachin thanked the young adults for raising their voices and promised to work on issues that will directly affect them in the upcoming years, specifically climate change.
“They [young voters] need to know that they have a congressman who’s vouching for them and dealing with issues with the environment,” said McEachin. “The environment is the one issue that we have to grapple with that well will turn over to young people. It’s our responsibility to get it right.”
Hiba is a senior studying broadcast journalism and religious studies. In addition to writing for the CT, she is the campus editor-at-large for the Huffington Post, a blogger for MuslimGirl.net and president of United Muslim Relief at VCU. This summer, Hiba interned with the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Washington, D.C. She previously interned with Voice for America and as a web content intern for VCU’s Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture.
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