POWHATAN – Dan Gecker recently announced that he is running for Virginia’s 10th Senate District, an open seat encompassing all of Powhatan County and parts of Chesterfield County and Richmond City.
"My focus will be on expanding opportunities for all Virginia families and businesses – helping our kids succeed in a global economy, expanding Medicaid and creating more local jobs," Gecker said.
"I’ll support policies that build a stronger Virginia, like equal pay for equal work, strong ethics reform, a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and equality for all Virginians," he added.
Gecker has worked for more than 20 years to expand opportunities and improve the quality of life in the region. He serves on the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors, elected as the Midlothian District supervisor in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. He served as chairman in 2010 and 2012.
Gecker has served as chairman of the Greater Richmond Partnership and the Richmond Metropolitan Planning Organization, is treasurer of the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission and serves on the executive committee of the Capital Region Airport Commission.
He co-founded the Chesterfield Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving open space in Chesterfield County.
Gecker has a degree in economics from Princeton University, a law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, and a Master’s in Public Administration from USC. He practiced real estate and tax law for more than two decades.
He is a partner in Urban Development Associates, a real estate development firm specializing in historic rehabilitation and rebuilding neighborhoods, and has taught as an adjunct professor of urban dtudies at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Gecker and his wife Liz Gibbs have four daughters and live in the Crestwood Farms neighborhood. In his spare time, Gecker said he enjoys coaching soccer.
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