Delegate Charniele Herring was elected Saturday to be the next Virginia party chair, making her the first ever African American to serve in that role.
Herring, a House of Delegates member from Alexandria, was elected to the General Assembly in January 2009, in a special election to fill a vacated spot in the 46th House District.
Herring was endorsed by current party chair Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to hand over the reins of State Party Chair to Delegate Herring,” said Brian Moran. “Delegate Herring is a strong advocate for Democrats across the Commonwealth and will work tirelessly to continue the progress we made in 2012 and bring us to victory in 2013.”
According to Herring, she’ll be working to ensure a strong Democratic turnout in the next governor’s election, and believes that data collected during Obama’s recent reelection will be helpful.
Virginia Democrats are going to have to work hard to get voters as engaged as they were over President Obama’s reelection. In the November, black voters came out strong for Obama, and it is doubtful that the gubernatorial race will create the same enthusiasm as Obama’s reelection.
“I am humbled by the strength and diversity of Virginia Democrats,” said newly elected Democratic Party of Virginia Chair Delegate Charniele Herring. “I look forward to fighting every day to ensure we continue to elect Democrats here in this great Commonwealth.”