January 10, 2023 News & Press Releases

Democrats Aaron Rouse, Holly Seibold Win in January 10, 2023 Special Election

by Democratic Party of Virginia

RICHMOND, VA – Today, Virginians in three districts across the Commonwealth turned out to the polls to cast their ballots in special elections ahead of the 2023 General Assembly session.

Holly Seibold will represent Virginians who reside in HD-35, succeeding former Delegate Mark Keam, who resigned from the House late last year to serve in the Biden administration. In HD-24, Jade Harris lost her hard-fought bid to replace the late GOP Delegate Ronnie Campbell.

Former Virginia Beach City Councilman Aaron Rouse has won the race to replace Jen Kiggans in SD-07, flipping a formerly GOP seat and adding a critical pro-choice vote to the Virginia Senate. This comes at a time when Glenn Youngkin and other far-right Republicans are promising bills in the 2023 General Assembly session aimed at gutting reproductive freedoms in the Commonwealth. Aaron Rouse’s victory is a huge win for Virginians. 

Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman, Susan Swecker, released the following statement about tonight’s results:

“I am excited to see Senator-Elect Aaron Rouse’s outstanding victory in the seventh Senatorial District tonight. The people of Norfolk and Virginia Beach have delivered a powerful mandate: Glenn Youngkin’s hateful and extreme attempts to ban access to safe, legal abortion have no place in the Commonwealth. Senator-elect Rouse will be an outstanding addition to our Senate Democratic caucus, and I look forward to watching him deliver for Virginians, just as he delivered for the residents of Virginia Beach as a City Councilman.

Delegate-elect Holly Seibold will expand on the legacy of Mark Keam, and I am delighted that she will be joining Democrats in Richmond to produce results for Virginians and hold Glenn Youngkin accountable. Her experience as a mother, as a teacher, and as a business leader will serve the Commonwealth well.

Jade Harris ran an outstanding campaign in House District twenty-four, and we couldn’t be more proud of how she connected with rural voters and expanded our Democratic coalitions in that district. We’re all looking forward to seeing what she does next.”