Abigail Spanberger recently revealed she is quitting Congress to take a run at becoming Virginia’s first female governor, leaving her seat up for grabs.
Fresh off her Nov. 7 re-election back into the Virginia House of Delegates, Briana Sewell has announced she will enter the race for outgoing Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s (D-Va.) seat in the federal House of Representatives.
Ms. Sewell currently represents part of Prince William, Virginia, but if her bid for the House is successful at election time, she hopes to bring a more down-to-earth perspective to politics because she believes that’s what the people of the United States deserve in their leaders.
“You deserve someone who understands how hard it is to make ends meet and spends every day working to make things better,” Ms. Sewell said.
“And someone who won’t let Congress take away our freedom to make decisions about our own bodies. I’m in this for all of us who want a better future,” she added.
“It’s discouraging that politicians selfishly want TV interviews more than they want solutions, making sure their side wins no matter the cost,” she said.
“Women like my grandmother and folks all across our community have worked too hard and lived too much history to watch everything we care about slip away.”
According to Ms. Sewell, her grandmother was part of the movement pushing for civil rights in Selma, Alabama. Her mother joined the Air Force and eventually reached the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Ms. Sewell says the women in her family showed her the meaning of strength and what it means to serve the greater good, which inspired her to start on the path that led her to this point.
“So after I graduated from college, instead of taking some corporate job in a big city, I moved back home and went to work first for my hometown congressman, to make sure my neighbors had a voice,” she said.
“Later, I advocated for paid family medical leave, helping start a campaign across Virginia. Then I ran for delegate and became one of the youngest women ever elected to state government.”
Ms. Spanberger will compete with Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney for her party’s nomination. On the Republican side, potential gubernatorial candidates include current Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears and Attorney General Jason Miyares.