Virginia Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) has filed paperwork to run for Congress, hoping to take the seat currently held by Rep. Randy J. Forbes (R).
“As I said all along I’m very interested in the fourth congressional seat, but right now I’m busy doing the people’s business here at the General Assembly,” McEachin said through a spokeswoman. “I will have a lot more to say about Congress right after we adjourn.”
A federal court, having ruled that Virginia’s current congressional map unconstitutionally packs black voters into one district, imposed a map this year that makes Forbes’s constituency far more African American and Democratic. Forbes has decided not to contest the new seat, instead aiming to replace retiring Rep. Scott Rigell (R) in the coastal 2nd Congressional District.
McEachin, an African American lawyer from Richmond, chairs the Democratic caucus in the state Senate. No other candidate has come forward to run in the June 14 primary.