Rosalyn Dance to seek Senate seat once held by Henry Marsh

Posted at 11:41 AM, Jul 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-14 11:41:16-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Delegate Rosalyn Dance (D – 63rd District) has announced her intention to run for the Virginia Senate seat recently vacated by longtime state Senator Henry Marsh.

“I look forward to the opportunity to be the Democratic senatorial voice for the constituents of the 16th Senatorial District,” Del. Dance said in a statement. “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.”

A special election to fill Marsh’s seat will be held in November. The Democratic Party of Virginia has not yet set a date when it will officially nominate its Senate candidate.

Dance defeated Evandra Thompson by just 300 votes in a 2013 primary election for the 63rd District seat. Marsh backed Thompson in that primary.

“I would like to thank Senator Marsh for his dedication and service to the Commonwealth for over 40 years,” Dance said. “His commitment to civil rights and equality will continue to be an integral part of the 16th District.”