To my constituents,
Serving as a member of the House of Delegates and as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. You have given me the opportunity to fight for a stronger economy, quality education and a better future for our children.
I sincerely thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the great benefit of your trust. For the past 12 years I have represented you to the best of my ability. Yet as the new year begins, I will be campaigning full time across Virginia, sharing my vision for our future. You deserve the full attention of your representative in the legislative work this coming year.
That is why I wrote Governor Kaine to inform him of my decision to resign from the House of Delegates, effective today. I have come to this decision after long deliberation and discussions with my family.
While the decisions made in the coming 45-day General Assembly session are important, the leadership of Virginia for the next four years is even more critical. Todays troubled times demand proven leadership. I believe that the best thing I can do for the people of Alexandria, Fairfax and the entire state, is to win this campaign for Governor.
From the day we began this campaign, Virginians have responded. In recent weeks I have been endorsed by leaders from across the Commonwealth, including the majority of my partys executive committee. I value the support of some of Virginias finest public servants and look forward to earning the votes of every Virginian.
This will be a long campaign against difficult opponents. Yet for nearly two decades, I have been fighting for Virginia. My career is an unfolding story of dedication to the people of our Commonwealth. I have fought for Virginias needs, and I share Virginias values. I have a vision for our future and the record, experience and leadership to win this campaign and govern our great Commonwealth.
Thank you for your support, advice and friendship. I look forward to working with you as we write Virginias next chapter.