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RICHMOND, Va. – (WTVR) Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones was elected chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia Saturday.

The vote was a formality as no one else decided to challenge Jones for the chairmanship and Jones had the support of most, if not all, the Democratic members of the Virginia General Assembly.

Virginia House of Delegates member Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), stepped down as party chair in order to run for the open congressional seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Jim Moran.

“I couldn’t be more honored to serve as the next chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia,” said Mayor Dwight Jones in an emailed statement to reporters. “Having been a Democrat my whole life, I have seen the party grow to what it is today, a party that fights for issues important to all Virginians, issues like access to affordable health care,  making sure women receive equal pay for equal work, and fighting to ensure all Virginians are treated equally across the Commonwealth.”

Jones had to reassure some segments of the Democratic base during his campaign for chairman.

Jones met with concerned members of the General Assembly and also with members of the gay rights community.  Those within the LGBT community were concerned with Jones’ stance on gay marriage. Jones, who previously stated he did not support gay marriage, recently stated that his stance is “evolving” on the issue.

The chairman is the head of the party and is the most visible face of the party.

Besides being the mayor Richmond, Jones is also the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of South Richmond.


  • jim

    How come the City of Richmond can’t pick up leaves like they say they should be doing? There are places where the leaves have been setting since October that the City of Richmond has yet to pick up. I’m not talking about obscure side roads by the way.

  • Manalishi.

    Not sure if the DNC did. But the Democrat party did. Dwight is the chairman of the New Plantation Foundation.

  • Blackbeered

    Well, he wouldn’t be the first nor the last ‘pastor’ to go to jail.

    “Reverends” Jesse and Al are probably chuckling all the way to the bank.

    You would think that his supporters, and the supporters of the opposition, would take one look at the past leadership of Detroit and reject ‘more of the same’ for Richmond and Virginia.

    It just shows how workfare, graft, and corruption gets voters to turn out at the polls.

    While the needy kids of the City are ignored.

  • Glen Allen

    Feral pigs going hog wild in Virginia

    Posted on: 11:58 pm, March 14, 2014, by Melissa Hipolit, updated on: 12:16am, March 15, 2014

    Oh, wrong article. (I think)

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