Kerry Holmes for Virginia Senate

I met with Kerry Holmes yesterday at Constant’s Wharf. Kerry Holmes is the Democrat running against Republican John Cosgrove.for Virginia’s 14th Senatorial district in a special election to replace retiring Republican Harry Blevins.

Many Democrats are skeptical about a win for the 14th Senatorial District. The region, which includes parts of Suffolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton, traditionally votes 60% Republican. But Kerry can win this election.

Kerry, Kimberly, and Kaitlyn Holmes (2008 photo)
Kerry, Kimberly, and Kaitlyn Holmes (2008 photo)

Kerry will charm Virginians with his soft, friendly demeanor and impress them with is elocution, honesty, and political knowledge. He will win swing voters with his military service, his faith, and his promise of fiscal restraint while supporting Democratic values on vital issues such as Medicaid expansion, background checks, and equal rights.

A Democratic win in this special election will give the Virginia Senate a Democratic majority, and it will keep the 14th Virginia Senatorial district out of the hands of an ALEC state chairman and hero of right wing gun organizations that helped defeat sensible background check legislation.

Additionally a win for Kerry Holmes will be a win for the Western Tidewater region, which is underrepresented in the General Assembly, as are Democrats.

Sneaky, Slimy Gerrymanders

During the President’s inauguration, Senate Republicans pushed through a surprise redistricting bill and wrote out a Democratic district. The bill narrowly passed because they held the vote while there weren’t enough Democrats on the floor to defeat it.

As DPVA Chair Charniele Herring urges us:

Knowing that they had no chance to pass this legislation by following the rules, Senate Republicans went around protocol to sneak in a re-redistricting vote.

This is outrageous, and it must be stopped. Please join me in calling on Governor McDonnell to veto this overt gerrymandering.