Arlington, VA -- Today Virginia’s courts can finally make whole the slogan “Virginia is for lovers” and begin processing hundreds of marriage licenses for loving, committed couples.
Richmond, VA -- Today, Richard C. "Rip" Sullivan, Jr. took the oath of office as Delegate for Virginia's 48th House District. Sullivan won a Special Election on August 19th to fill the seat vacated by Bob Brink, who resigned in June to join the McAuliffe Administration.
On Wednesday, August 27th, Rip Sullivan, the Delegate-Elect in Virginia’s 48th House District, will meet with Republican Speaker Bill Howell. Sullivan is asking supporters to sign a petition urging the Speaker to accomplish Medicaid expansion in September’s Special Session. Sullivan intends to deliver the petition signatures to the Speaker on Wednesday.
Arlington, VA — Today, Rip Sullivan won the Special Election in the 48th House District. Upon receiving news of the victory, Sullivan thanked his family, friends and supporters, and congratulated his Republican opponent Dave Foster on a well-run campaign.
Today, the Virginia Education Association, in coordination with the Arlington and Fairfax Education Associations, endorsed Rip Sullivan for Delegate in the Special Election in Virginia’s 48th House District.
On Sunday, August 17th, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) will join Richard “Rip” Sullivan for two rallies to kick off the final 48 hours of campaigning in the 48th House of Delegates District before the Special Election on Tuesday, August 19th. The rallies, the first of which will be held at the home of Rip and Beth Sullivan and the second at the home of Patrick and Mary Hynes, are free and open to the public and press. Canvass launches for supporters will also take place at the end of each rally. Please see below for further details.
Today, every member of the Arlington and Fairfax County School Boards, non-partisan elected positions, who currently represent any portion of the 48th House of Delegates district endorsed Rip Sullivan for Delegate. In addition, four of the six school board members who served with Republican candidate Dave Foster during his stint on the school board endorsed Sullivan.
Earlier today, leading Pro-Choice organizations NARAL Pro-Choice VA and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia endorsed Rip Sullivan for Delegate. The Senate and House Chairs of the Women’s Reproductive Health Caucuses, Senator Barbara Favola and Delegate Kaye Kory also endorsed Sullivan.
“We’re here because there’s a lot at stake in this election,” said Sullivan. “I believe government has no place telling a woman what she can and can’t do with her body. Dave Foster disagrees. Dave Foster called Roe v. Wade a case of ‘judges imposing their will.'”
On Thursday, several pro-choice leaders will hold a press conference with Rip Sullivan, the Democratic nominee for Delegate in Virginia’s 48th House district.
With today’s news out of Richmond about the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban, it’s important voters know where the candidates for the 48th District stand on marriage equality.
“Marriage equality isn’t just a civil rights issue,” said Sullivan. “It’s also an economic issue. By allowing couples to marry and receive all the benefits that married heterosexual couples currently enjoy, we would make Virginia a more attractive place to live, work and grow a business.”