Herndon resident and public affairs consultant Chad Thompson announced his intention to seek a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates, representing the 86th district. Thompson hopes to succeed incumbent Delegate Jennifer Boysko, who is running for the State Senate to replace Jennifer Wexton, elected to Congress in the recent midterm election.
Thompson, a father of four, points to education, transportation, and the environment as a few of the key reasons he’s decided to seek the Democratic nomination in the Firehouse Primary.
“Now, more than ever, I feel a desire to serve my community,” exclaimed Thompson. “I got into this race because as a parent I care about the type of community we build for our children. 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.”
Chad has been working as a Senior Director at a Washington, D.C.-based grassroots advocacy firm, where he advises companies, in the real estate, waste, and energy sectors on public affairs issues and on how to engage and communicate with residents in order to promote community input and involvement.
“I have spent my career meeting people at their door or sitting at the kitchen table listening to concerns and searching for solutions. Leadership begins by listening and I want to put my experience to work to fight for the people of the 86th in Richmond.”
Chad’s work in the renewable energy sector over the last decade has helped permit over 500 MW of clean, renewable energy and in 2016, he worked with Charlottesville-based, Apex Clean Energy to permit the first wind energy project in the state of Virginia.
For almost two and half decades, Thompson has worked as a political professional in the trenches for the Democratic party, helping elect Democrats around the country from the local level to the state legislature.
Thompson is no stranger to running for office. His first Virginia campaign job was working for Senator Frank Nolen, a Democrat from the Shenandoah Valley, and then at 23, Chad ran as one the youngest candidates in the history of his home state of Tennessee, defeating a heavily favored candidate to win the Democratic nomination. Thompson moved on to work on Capitol Hill as press secretary for Congressman Bart Gordon (D-TN) and then later, serving as the special assistant to James Carville, senior advisor to President Bill Clinton.
“There are so many challenges facing our region it can become difficult to prioritize them all,” said Thompson. “That’s why I plan to do what I do best which is get out there and knock on doors, listening to people’s concerns, and talking about the issues that matter the most to them.”