I poured my heart into this campaign. I dared to be bold. I fought for what I believed in and stood up for Democratic values, but ultimately, I fell short of the outcome I hoped to achieve on Tuesday.
Before the final results came in, I called to concede and congratulate Trish on the success of her campaign.
While all three candidates in the Democratic primary hoped to be the nominee, only one of us could face the Republican opponent this November. Trish earned that right.
So much is at stake and depends on who is in control of the Virginia legislature.
Criminal Justice Reform;
LGBTQIA+ Protections; and
These issues were at the forefront of my campaign and are far more important than any name on the ballot.
Now, it is incumbent upon us to come together to defend and protect them.
So many organizations have been doing good work in the Commonwealth: to invest in students, teachers, and schools; to protect the most marginalized; and to seek comprehensive changes in criminal justice.
As for me, I will do everything within my power to champion these organizations and urge my supporters to do the same:
Justice Forward Virginia
ACLU of Virginia
VEA Fund for Children and Public Education
Equality Virginia Advocates
I'm beyond grateful to my friends, family, donors, and volunteers for their support. I firmly believe the time and energy was worth the effort, while recognizing that this was not our moment. I am humbled and honored to have worked with each and every one of you.
Thank you to the voters who had faith that I could be successful with the November electorate.
I appreciate all of the messages leading up to and following this election. While I do not know what the future holds, there is one thing of which I am certain: our work continues.
Luke W. Priddy
Luke Priddy is a young Democratic candidate with the energy, experience, and passion to deliver policies that will improve people's lives, protect their rights and advance their interests. This region needs someone who will carry on John Edwards' legacy in the Senate of Virginia, and with five years of experience working under his wing, that person is Luke.
A word of gratitude to Senator Edwards for all of the service that he's had in the General Assembly representing the Roanoke and New River Valleys and working to improve people's lives.
I have thoroughly enjoyed learning under him over the last five years. From capturing the moment in 2017 that he stepped off the inaugural return of passenger rail, to reviewing applications for the expansion of the Court of Appeals, and combating attempts by the current administration to roll back the progress of policies implemented in 2020 and 2021. I’m grateful for the opportunities he has given me to grow under his guidance.
Senator Edwards has served as a mentor to me for so many years. While I understand that he had to make a difficult decision not to seek re-election this November, I very much expect him to continue to be a mentor in my life and I hope to be successful so that he'll continue to have input in this district for years to come.
Listen to my 30-minute, in-depth interview on Community Connections with Heather Rose. You can tune into 95.7 FM Radio Free Roanoke on Sundays from 1:00 to 1:30 pm to catch our on-air conversation, or you can listen here.
We talk about issues impacting people in our region and across the Commonwealth, including:
Reproductive Healthcare; and
To hear more about these issues and how I’m ready to take on “my likely Republican opponent,” this November, follow this link to listen or read a transcript of the interview.
In 1999, State Senator John Edwards, D-Roanoke, passed legislation requiring all school boards to establish character education programs. Consequently, I’m young enough to have benefited from this legislation, instilling within me these personal character traits: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.
I consider these values the Six Pillars of Public Service, acting as a guide for how I ought to behave and interact with those I intend to serve. They’ve taught me to be honest. Have integrity. Be loyal. Be accepting of others. Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements. Keep on trying. Be accountable. Play by the rules. Express gratitude. Forgive others. Do my share. Stay informed. Vote. Debate civilly. And always to be a good neighbor.
These are the tenets that founded my campaign. While at times it may be difficult, and I recognize that I am only human, I strive to follow them daily. I hope you will too.
Luke Priddy is running for the newly created State Senate seat in District 4, which is made up of:
Roanoke County (partial)
Vinton (partial including the Town of Vinton)
Montgomery County (Partial)
District A (Precincts 1 & 5)
District B (Precincts 1, 2, 4 & 5)
District C (Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5)
District D (Precincts 3 & 4)
To see what Senate District you live in, check your voter registration through the Virginia Department of Elections.
To learn more about other races on your ballot, follow this link.
MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
May 5, 2023 - First day of in-person early voting
May 30, 2023 - Deadline to register to vote (may register later and cast provisional ballot)
June 9, 2023 - Deadline to apply for a mail ballot
June 17, 2023 - Last day of in-person early voting
June 20, 2023 - Your precinct is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-798-6531.
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