- January 6, 2014
Wexton is running for the seat vacated by Mark Herring, who was elected attorney general.
“Supporters of equality in Virginia swept last month’s statewide elections for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general and now we have to make sure we send new pro-equality members to the state Senate,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “Jennifer Wexton has shown dedication to the LGBT community and commitment to fairness for all Virginia families.”
“We are eager to do all that we can to assure that Mark Herring’s senate seat remains in fair-minded hands and are proud to endorse Jennifer Wexton,” added James Parrish, of Equality Virginia PAC.
In November, HRC-endorsed candidate Terry McAuliffe was elected governor, and HRC-endorsee Mark Herring was elected attorney general. This historic victory left state Senate District 33 vacant. The state Senate is currently split and this special election will have a profound effect on future matters of LGBT equality in Virginia.
Wexton is racing off against GOP-nominee John Whitbeck, who supports Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage and Republican-turned-Independent Joe Mays, who has a 25 percent rating from Equality Virginia PAC.
“I’m proud to stand with my friends in the LGBT community,” said Wexton in a statement. “I am committed to working for full equality for all Virginians, from ensuring non-discrimination in the workplace to fighting for marriage equality. My opponents think our LGBT brothers and sisters are unworthy of respect or equal treatment under the law; I say they are wrong.”