U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a Democrat, introduced Monday that she gained’t run for reelection to her Home seat subsequent 12 months and as an alternative will run for Virginia governor in 2025.
“Our nation and our commonwealth are going through basic threats, to our rights, to our freedoms and to our democracy,” Spanberger stated in a video asserting the launch of her marketing campaign. “Whereas some politicians in Richmond concentrate on banning abortion and books, what they’re not doing helps folks. I understand how to convey folks collectively and get actual issues finished that enhance lives. That’s why I’m working for governor.”
Spanberger, a average former CIA agent who hails from one among Virginia’s best Home districts, joined Congress after ousting a Republican in 2018, a wave 12 months for Democrats. She gained reelection to a 3rd time period final 12 months by a snug 4-point margin, following a a lot nearer race in 2020.
Spanberger’s entry into the gubernatorial race, nonetheless two years away, comes after Democrats had a powerful election displaying in Virginia final week, protecting management of the Home of Delegates and flipping the state Senate. Republicans, led by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, had vowed to enact a 15-week abortion ban within the commonwealth if handed full management of the legislature, additional solidifying for Democrats — together with Spanberger in her launch video — that preserving abortion rights is a key electoral problem.
Spanberger is the primary particular person to enter the race to succeed Youngkin who, per Virginia legislation, can’t search a second consecutive time period for governor.
In 2022, Spanberger campaigned as a average in Virginia’s seventh Congressional District, which spans the suburbs and rural areas of northern and central Virginia, incomes the endorsement of ex-GOP Home member Liz Cheney. Spanberger has firmly supported Democratic priorities like abortion rights and inexperienced power funding, whereas additionally railing towards liberal efforts to “defund the police.” Even below Democratic management, her invoice to ban members of Congress from buying and selling particular person shares by no means made it to a ground vote.
Virginia’s 2021 gubernatorial race, which pitted Youngkin towards ex-Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, was the most costly in state historical past, with the 2 candidates elevating a mixed $115 million.
Spanberger’s early entry into the race offers Democrats loads of time to discover a alternative for her in Virginia’s seventh district and to get her personal fundraising efforts rolling within the governor’s race.