Deeds confirms to supporters that he's running for reelection
On the night last November that State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D) was defeated by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) for the state's top job by 17 points, Deeds told the crowd he wasn't done.
"Just because we didn't get the right result tonight doesn't mean we get to go home and whine," he said then. "We still have fight, we still have spirit."
It turns out, it wasn't just rhetoric. Despite some speculation to the contrary, Deeds says he's definitely running for reelection to the state senate.
In an e-mail to supporters sent this morning, Deeds wrote that he knows his political career has seen "ups and downs, successes and failures" since he first ran for the House of Delegates in 1991. But he wrote that he's not yet finished and wants to continue in politics.
"I am running for re-election because I know that to create opportunity in every corner of this Commonwealth, we have to invest in the necessary transportation and educational infrastructure to support economic growth," he wrote in the e-mail, in which he asks for campaign contributions.
He wrote that he wants to keep working to bring jobs to Virginia, to improve public schools, to raise new revenue for transportation and to establish a nonpartisan process for legislative redistricting. Deeds has been pushing for nonpartisan redistricting for years.
"No doubt many of my detractors consider me vulnerable and maybe even finished," he wrote.
But he continued: "I have not made this decision lightly. The political climate is full of vitriol. Our economic recovery continues to be slow. People are frustrated and divided. I know there are challenges ahead. But I have proven I am an effective legislator and am committed to building a better future for Virginia."
Rosalind S. Helderman
| December 6, 2010; 11:38 AM ET
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