Most members of the Richmond City Council and Richmond School Board have endorsed Del. Delores L. McQuinn for state Senate, according to a list of supporters released Thursday by the McQuinn campaign that also includes the daughter of former Sen. Henry L. Marsh III.
McQuinn, who represents the Richmond-anchored 70th District in the House of Delegates, is one of four Democrats vying for the party’s nomination to replace Marsh, who retired at the beginning of July. Her opponents are Del. Rosalyn R. Dance of Petersburg, former Richmond Mayor Rudolph C. “Rudy” McCollum Jr., and Gerry J. Rawlinson, a businesswoman making her first run for elective office.
The list of 85 political, religious and civic figures is a sign that a good portion of the Richmond Democratic apparatus is getting behind McQuinn ahead of an Aug. 9 firehouse primary that will also involve the cities of Petersburg and Hopewell, and parts of the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George.
“I am deeply humbled by this outpouring of support for my campaign for the state Senate,” McQuinn said in a news release.
There was speculation that Nadine Marsh-Carter, the president of the Children’s Home Society of Virginia, would run for her father’s old seat, but she endorsed McQuinn.
The list includes endorsements from Council President Charles R. Samuels and council members Kathy C. Graziano, Cynthia I. Newbille, Ellen F. Robertson, Reva M. Trammell, Chris A. Hilbert and Michelle R. Mosby.
School Board member Derik Jones, the son of Mayor Dwight C. Jones, also endorsed McQuinn. The elder Jones, who is also chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, is not on the list. David M. Hicks, a former Richmond commonwealth’s attorney now serving as the mayor’s senior policy adviser, is on the list.
McQuinn was also endorsed by her son, James “J.J.” Minor, who chairs the Richmond Democratic Committee.
Jeffrey Bourne, Kristen Larson, Shonda Harris-Muhammed and Tichi Pinkney Eppes were the other School Board members who endorsed McQuinn.
McQuinn also touted support from Del. Betsy B. Carr, who represents the neighboring 69th District, as well as Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. and interim Circuit Court Clerk Edward Jewett.
The list also includes endorsements from 28 ministers, including the Rev. Tyrone E. Nelson of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, who also serves on the Henrico County Board of Supervisors.
The party recently published a list of 12 polling places for the unassembled caucus. Each of the Senate district’s six localities will have two voting locations, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The primary is open to all registered voters in the district who are willing to sign a Democratic pledge.
The special election for the 16th District Senate seat will be held Nov. 4. Businessman Preston T. Brown is running as an independent.
Delores McQuinn Supporter List
1. Charles Samuels, Richmond City Council President, 2nd District
2. Kathy Graziano, Richmond City Council, 4th District
3. Dr. Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council, 7th District
4. Ellen Robertson, Richmond City Council, 6th District
5. Reva Trammell, Richmond City Council, 8th District
6. Chris Hilbert, Richmond City Council. 3rd District
7. Michelle Mosby, Richmond City Council, 9th District
8. Del. Betsy Carr, 69th House District
9. C. T. Woody, Richmond Sheriff
10. Ed Jewett, Richmond Clerk of Circuit Court
11. Jeffrey Bourne, Richmond School Board, 3rd District
12. Derik Jones, Richmond School Board, 8th District
13. Kristen Larsen, Richmond School Board, 4th District
14. Shonda Harris-Muhammed, Richmond School Board, 6th District
15. Tichi Pinkney-Epes, Richmond School Board, 9th District
16. Dr. Roy A. West, former Richmond Mayor
17. Willie Dell, former Richmond City Council member
18. Eugene Mason, former Richmond City Council member
19. Lucille Brown, Retired Richmond Public Schools Superintendent
20. Ken Johnson, Johnson Inc.
21. Nadine Marsh-Carter, Attorney, Richmond
22. David Hicks, former Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney
23. Bevill Dean, former Richmond Clerk of the Circuit Court
24. Dawn Page, former member, Richmond School Board
25. William “Bill” Hicks, former member, Richmond School Board
26. Rev. Tyrone Nelson, Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church
27. Rev. Dr. Yvonne Bibbs, Sixth Baptist Church
28. Rev. Dr. Marlon Haskell, Chicago Avenue Baptist Church
29. Rev. Dr. Patricia Gould-Champ, Faith Community Baptist Church
30. Rev. Roscoe Cooper, Jr., Metropolitan African-American Baptist Church
31. Rev. Dwayne Whitehead, World Overcomers Christian Ministries
32. Rev. Sylvester Turner, Richmond
33. Bishop Darryl Husband, Mount Olivet Church
34. Rev. Marcus Martin, New Bridge Baptist Church
35. Bishop Melvin Williams, Jr., Temple of Judah Ministries
36. Rev. Dr. Victor Davis, Bethlehem Baptist Church
37. Rev. Larry Miles, Fresh Anointing Cathedral Church
38. Rev. Marvin Jefferson, Christian Deliverance Fellowship Ministries
39. Bishop Robert Williams, Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church
40. Rev. Barbara Ingram, Metropolitan African American Baptist Church
41. Rev. Willie Woodson, Heart Enchanters Ministries
42. Dr. Sylvester Smith, Good Shepherd Baptist Church
43. Rev. Robert Winfree, New Life Deliverance Tabernacle
44. Rev. Timothy Kirven, Worship and Praise Deliverance Church
45. Dr. Naomi Davis, 31st Street Baptist Church
46. Rev. Cynthia Brown, Gravel Run Baptist Church, Dinwiddie
47. Rev. Benjamin Harris, Jr., St. Stephen’s Koinonia Church
48. Rev. Bobby Holmes, Fairfield Baptist Church
49. Rev. Maceo Freeman, St. Paul’s Baptist Church
50. Dr. Janet K. Copeland, Gospel Music Minister
51. Conway Lamont Williams, Director of Music, Trinity Baptist Church
52. Rev. James Sayles, Antioch Baptist Church, Richmond
53. Rev. Beverly Brown, Richmond
54. James Minor, III, Chair, Richmond Democratic Committee
55. Lois McClellan, Chesterfield Democratic Committee
56. Edna Keys-Chavis, former Richmond City Clerk
57. Eric Payne, former Chair, Richmond Democratic Committee
58. Ophelia Daniels, Richmond Democratic Committee, 8th District
59. Amelia Lightner, Richmond Democratic Committee, 8th District
60. Vivian Mason, Richmond Democratic Committee, 9th District
61. Roderyck Bullock, Richmond Democratic Committee
62. Patricia Williford, Richmond Democratic Committee
63. Rosalene Bullock, community activist, Church Hill, Richmond
64. Terone Green, Chair, Richmond Ambulance Authority
65. Charles Willis, Community Activist, 8th District, Richmond
66. Carrie Cox, Civic Association Activist, 8th District, Richmond
67. William “Mousy” Jones, Petersburg
68. Evandra Thompson, Petersburg
69. Dr. Laurnette Lee, historic preservation advocate, Richmond
70. Tommy K. Davis, T.K. Davis Construction Sandra Wynn Burwell
71. Alice Freeman, Healthy Heart Plus, Richmond
72. Marilyn Olds, Vice Chair, Board of Commissioners, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority
73. Zelma Watkins, Realtor, Richmond
74. Dr. William Joyner, former educator, Richmond
75. Dr. Jacqueline S. Joyner, former educator, Richmond
76. Jane Talley, Richmond
77. Pauline Hynes, Richmond
78. Barbara Starkey-Goode, Richmond
79. Sheilah Belle, Richmond
80. Barbara Price, Richmond
81. Mac Brown, Richmond
82. Towanda Hickman, Richmond
83. Eucharia Jackson, Richmond
84. Willie C. Randall, Richmond
85. Larry Lindsey, Richmond