Delegate Filler-Corn, the first woman to lead the House of Delegates as Speaker has announced she will not run for re-election this year. For some Republicans that would be a cause for celebration as Filler-Corn is very liberal.
But wait, there’s more. From the WashingtonPost.com:
“Filler-Corn said she plans to work to get other Democrats elected and is eyeing a run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2025.“
Other General Assembly leaders who are retiring this year include:
Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax), the longest-serving member of that chamber; Senate Minority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City); Sen. Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax), the co-chair of the powerful Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee; and Del. Kenneth R. Plum (D-Fairfax), the second-longest-serving delegate in the history of the House.
Delegate Filler-Corn’s statement from WJLA TV:
“When I first joined the House of Delegates, I was one of only 19 women in the entire body and one of the only mothers of school-aged children. Today, our caucus is the first majority woman caucus in Virginia’s history. As the first woman and Jewish Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, I proudly appointed more women and diverse individuals to leadership positions than in our entire Commonwealth’s history.
“I am proud of the transformative actions we took during my tenure. We invested in public education and transportation, made our communities safer from gun violence, supported working families, expanded reproductive freedom, rooted out discrimination, secured voting rights, protected our environment, and kept Virginia the top state for business in the nation. In just two years, we brought historic change to the Commonwealth that followed the will of the people and remains popular today. More importantly, we did this by including diverse voices from across Virginia.
“I could not be more proud of how my colleagues and I have improved the lives of Virginians in a meaningful way. Thank you to the many advocates and supporters who made this possible.
“We have made significant progress in Virginia and I will continue this work for our communities and our Commonwealth outside the confines of the House of Delegates. As for my next chapter, there are many exciting options ahead and I look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks and months.
“I am eager and energized for the next challenge!”
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i believe Filler Corn’s district contained 2 other incumbents so the choice is not run, or move, and she decided not to run again.