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Herndon Resident Chad Thompson Joins Race for 86th District Seat

by Catherine Douglas Moran December 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm 4 Comments

Chad Thompson, a public affairs consultant who lives in Herndon, announced today (Dec. 11) that he will vie for the Virginia House of Delegates seat representing the 86th District, which includes Herndon.

Del. Jennifer Boysko, who currently represents the 86th District, announced last month plans to run for the State Senate seat to replace Congresswoman-elect Jennifer Wexton. The special election for that seat will take place on Jan. 8.

Thompson and his wife Elizabeth, a pre-school teacher at Floris United Methodist Church, live in the Floris community of Herndon with their four kids, aged 8 to 12.

Thompson points to education, transportation and the environment as a few of the reasons why he decided to seek the Democratic nomination in the Firehouse Primary.

“I got into this race because as a parent I care about the type of community we build for our children,” Thompson said in a press release. “Investing in our children, finding real transportation solutions and building Virginia’s renewable energy future are the foundation for growing our community and our economy.”

Currently, the senior director at Five Corners Strategies, a D.C.-based grassroots advocacy firm, Thompson advises companies in the real estate, waste and energy sectors on public affairs issues.

Thompson faces other Democratic contenders for the seat, including Kofi Annan and Ibraheem Samirah.

Annan, who has lived in Herndon since 2012 with his wife and two teenage sons, is the president of the Fairfax County NAACP.

Annan and his wife started a rental property business in 2009 and founded the Veteran Career Counseling Services LLC, which remained in operation from 2012 to late 2018, to help more than 700 veterans find employment after transitioning out of the military, according to a fundraising page.

Samirah is a first-generation Muslim American who is the son of Palestinian refugees. He was separated from his father in middle school when his father was barred from re-entering the U.S., according to his campaign website.

Samirah is currently a dentist at District Smiles, according to his LinkedIn profile.

The general election will be held on Nov. 5, 2019.

Photos via Chad Thompson campaign, Samirah for Delegate/Facebook and crowdpac.com

  • LaureenMT

    There is a possibility that a special election will be called before November, isn’t there?

    • Richard

      Assuming Boysko wins (or otherwise resigns her HoD seat) it looks like there’s supposed to be a prompt election to fill the seat. If they try to get the election in before the normal election calendar, the election would have to occur before mid-April with a primary before that. Probably not enough time for all that, in which case the primary and general election will probably just follow the regular calendar (June 11 primary, November 5 general). In either case the election wouldn’t occur before the 2019 legislative session in January/February, so they might as well save the taxpayers some money and stick to the regular schedule. That’s just my take after looking at the rules.

  • Mike M

    I am so sick of the single party system we have around here. But it’s the people ultimately. Sickening!

  • Mike M

    Richard, the region is booming for many reasons none of which have to do with the cronies at state level. In fact, when Dems go to Richmond all they do is drain our wealth to cover obligations they accept in other parts of the state. Also, we are at the edge of the trough for massive deficit spending at the federal level. That’s the biggest key to our “economic success.” At the big picture level, that is not really success at all. But you wouldn’t understand.


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