Even though she was not successful in securing the House of Delegates speakership, Del. Lashrecse D. Aird emerged from Saturday’s caucus voting excited about being part of the first Democratic majority in the House in two decades.
“I am so proud to serve in the oldest legislative body in America, and I am especially proud for the first time in 400 years, that body will be led by a woman,” Aird, D-Petersburg, said Saturday afternoon. She was referring to Democratic floor leader Eileen Filler-Corn of Springfield,
Democrats in the House of Delegates will gather this weekend to choose their leadership for the upcoming session, and the possibility exists that the next House speaker could be a Tri-City area legislator for the second time in a row.
Del. Lashrecse D. Aird of Petersburg said this week she will offer herself as a candidate for the post, challenging current House Democratic leader Eileen Filler-Corn when the votes are taken Saturday behind closed doors.
Del. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, said she is challenging House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax for House speaker.
Aird’s move sets up a contest within the House Democrats, who won a majority in Tuesday’s election, that spans racial and generational gaps.
Aird is 33 and black. Filler-Corn is 55 and white. House Democrats are to gather Saturday to pick a party leader for when they assume control in January.
Del. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, knows she can’t afford to look ahead to a potential Democratic takeover of the House of Delegates and a potential leadership role.
Aird said she has to pay attention first to a transformed district — with almost one-third of its voters in southwestern Chesterfield County — and an independent challenger, Larry Haake, who’s lightly financed but well-known after 22 years as the county’s general registrar.
Candidates for the 63rd House of Delegates district Lacheresce Aird (D), and Larry Haake (I), shared the stage together in Petersburg on Tuesday night. The event was co-hosted by VPM and The Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.
Aird, the incumbent and a higher-education administrator, and Haake, a former Richmond police officer and Chesterfield Registrar, each tried to make their case to the audience as to why they are the best person for the job.
The first question fired at Del. Lashrecse D. Aird Saturday afternoon was straight to the point, a fact not lost on the Petersburg lawmaker.
“What is the state’s opinion about Petersburg’s finances?”
Before she answered, Aird laughed and said, “I like a blunt questioner.” Then her response was almost as to the point as the question.
Del. Lashrecse D. Aird confirmed Saturday that she will not be in attendance next week when President Donald Trump addresses a special commemorative session of state lawmakers in Jamestown.
Del. Lashrecse D. Aird has a new “day job.”
Aird, D-Petersburg, was named chief of staff at Richard Bland College Friday, one of three new appointments announced by the college. Aird, formerly the college’s assistant director of development, has been with RBC for six years.
Former Chesterfield registrar Larry Haake will run as an independent against Democratic incumbent Lashrecse Aird in November
The 63rd House District will be challenged in November after all, but unlike many of today’s campaigns, this challenge came in almost unnoticed.
Should the Fourth Congressional District Democratic Committee set up a debate before the June 11 Senate primary, its chairman said she will not play a role in it.
Del. Lashrecse D. Aird, D-Petersburg, said Monday that as soon as she learned that state Sen. Rosalyn R. Dance was going to request that the committee handle debate preparations, she recused herself