By Lynn R. Mitchell
Delegate David Ramadan (R-87th House), has decided not to seek re-election in November. The announcement was made today from the House floor in Richmond during the reconvene session to consider overrides to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s vetoed bills. Ramadan won a squeaker in 2013 by less than 200 votes and was expected to face a tough battle from Democrats who will now have an advantage to pick up that seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Ramadan, 44, commented about his decision:
“Serving in the House of Delegates has been a privilege, but it also presented incredible challenges for my career and my family. The 87th District is one of the most Democratic districts held by a Republican in the entire Commonwealth, which means that my next election will be incredibly expensive and time consuming, just as my previous two have been.”
Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) thanked Ramadan for his service to the Commonwealth:
“I regret that David has decided to not seek re-election, but am grateful for his service to the Commonwealth and the House of Delegates. I know he always considered it a great honor and privilege to serve in the House. Like all citizen legislators, David sacrificed a great deal to serve his constituents. He always advocated on their behalf with passion and tireless determination. On behalf of his colleagues, I thank him and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Ramadan immigrated to America 26 years ago from Lebanon.