Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade and Virginia Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) have announced their intentions to seek the newly-redrawn 4th District seat in the U.S. Congress.
Wade will seek the Republican nomination and McEachin the Democratic nomination for the position, which is being vacated by Republican Randy Forbes, who will seek election in the 2nd District, which Republican Scott Rigell will vacate.
The 4th District was realigned by a three-judge panel in January, following a decision by the panel in 2012 that state legislators had included too many African-Americans in the 3rd District (which includes Eastern Henrico), thereby reducing their numbers in other nearby districts. It redrew both districts to address the issue.
Wade initially had planned to challenge 7th District Congressman Dave Brat for the Republican nomination for that seat this summer, but the idea caused backlash among some in the Republican Party and Wade decided to seek the 4th District seat instead.
In November, he was elected to his fifth four-year term as sheriff, a position he has served since 2000.
McEachin planned to file his paperwork and more than 3,000 signatures (three times the required number) with state officials March 15, the first date on which they could be submitted legally. He has represented the 9th Senate District (which includes Charles City County and portions of Henrico and Richmond) since 2008 and previously served four terms in the House of Delegates, representing the 74th District, which includes Charles City County and portions of Eastern Henrico and Richmond).
McEachin ran unsuccessfully for the Virginia attorney general’s seat in 2001.