With Dave Marsden winning last week's special election in the 37th Senate District, there will be a special election on March 2 to fill his seat in the House of Delegates. According to a statement just released by the House Democratic Caucus, Eileen Filler-Corn announced today that she would be running for the House from the 41st District.
Eileen has lived in the district for 15 years and has a history of being involved in the local community and working with the state government. Under Governor Tim Kaine, for instance, Eileen served as Senior Advisor to the Governor for State and Federal Relations. She also served as the Deputy Director for the Virginia Liaison Office for Governor Mark Warner during his entire term.
To get a sense of what is being said about here candidacy in the early days of the race, here's some of the quotes that were in the statement sent out today:
Eileen Filler-Corn stated, "Families in our area and all over Virginia have had to tighten their belts. In Richmond, I will help tighten the state's belt too, but I will do so without abandoning what makes Fairfax County unique, our world class schools. We cannot afford any further education cuts from Richmond. The Governor and the General Assembly must find ways to create jobs and improve our economy. We must also stay focused on transportation issues so families spend less time in traffic and more time with each other.
Eileen continued, "Too often people get elected then turn their attention to narrow ideological interests. As Delegate, my priority will always be the residents of the 41st District. In this campaign I look forward to a healthy debate on the issues that matter to our area."
U.S. Senator Mark Warner today said, "Eileen Filler-Corn was a valued member of my Administration as Governor and she will be a strong, moderate voice for the residents of the district. Eileen demonstrated a great ability at every opportunity to work with members of both parties to get the job done for Virginia. I am very happy to strongly support her candidacy for the House of Delegates."
Current State Senator Dave Marsden added, "I have known Eileen Filler-Corn for many years and I am proud to support her candidacy for the House of Delegates. Eileen has been very involved in our community, especially when it comes to our schools. She will be a great advocate for our area in Richmond."
Eileen has lived in the 41st District for 15 years and resides in Springfield with her husband Bob and their children Jeremy and Alana.