Virginia First Lady considering run for Congress

Virginia First Lady considering run for Congress

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe is considering running for Congress.

She confirmed that she is weighing a run for the Democratic nomination to face Republican Representative Barbara Comstock in the 10th Congressional District in Northern Virginia next year, according to the Washington Post.

McAuliffe has reportedly sought advice from several Democratic Congressmen and State Senators. Political analysts say she would have name recognition and would attract donors as both the Governor's wife and as a friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

But Dorothy McAuliffe has built a record of her own. She has worked as a banking and securities attorney. As First Lady, she expanded the public school free breakfast program, worked on gun legislation, and served on a committee dealing with a backlog of rape kits.

Three other Democrats have already filed paperwork to run for the 10th District nomination: State Senator Jennifer Wexton, Lindsey David Stover, and Dam Helmer.

The Governor and First Lady's terms end in January. NBC12 reached out to the Governor's office for comment, but haven't heard back yet.

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