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by Brandon Jarvis

Del. Danica Roem (D) talked to Virginia Scope for an audio interview Monday morning to talk about her newly-announced campaign for the Virginia state Senate.

She is seeking the nomination in SD-30, an open district with no incumbent due to redistricting. Roem is the first Democrat to announce their intention for the nomination in this district. Ian Lovejoy, a former member of the Manassas city council, has already announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination.

“I’m pursuing the Democratic nomination to continue my work of serving the people of my lifelong home community of western Prince William County and greater Manassas by building on my record of passing 32 bills into law during my 2.5 terms representing the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates, including 10 to feed hungry kids,” Roem said on Facebook Monday.

As for the possibility that a lawsuit might force the House to run again under new lines this year, Roem says she would run for that seat first. “If a federal court rules for one-year special elections for the House of Delegates in 2022, then I will run for re-election to the House this fall in order to continue serving my constituents and maintaining my seniority, which is transferable to the state Senate.”

She is running for the state Senate in 2023, either way.

According to analysis from VPAP, SD-30 voted for Democrat Terry McAuliffe by 4 points in the 2021 gubernatorial election. 

Listen to the entire conversation between Virginia Scope and Roem from Monday morning below:

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