On the Ballot: House of Representatives 4th District

Mike Wade (left) Donald McEachin (right)
Mike Wade (left) Donald McEachin (right)

Two candidates are vying to replace U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes in the newly redrawn 4th Congressional District, which runs from Richmond to Chesapeake. Republican Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade and Democratic state Sen. Donald McEachin.

The 4th District’s incumbent, Republican Randy Forbes, lost the 2nd District Republican Primary to state Del. Scott Taylor, which left his 4th District seat open.


Donald McEachin (D)

(Information courtesy of https://donaldmceachin.com/about-donald/)

The son of an Army veteran and a public school teacher, state Sen. Donald McEachin grew up in Richmond. He returned home after law school, and has been working to lift his community ever since. He has spent his career fighting for the underdog — as both an attorney and a public servant.

Donald has been a citizen legislator in Virginia’s General Assembly for most of the last twenty years, serving first as a delegate and currently as a senator. Throughout that time, he has fought to protect our most vulnerable citizens — and to defend the rights of all Virginians. Donald has worked to mceachin-donaldcreate jobs, improve public schools, and expand access to health care. He has been a progressive champion, leading efforts to promote equality, curb gun violence, and protect our environment. His commitment to helping working families has never wavered.

As Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, Donald has partnered with leaders from both parties to move Virginia forward. Since 2014, he has worked closely with Gov. Terry McAuliffe, seeking to expand Medicaid, rebuild our economy, and swiftly restore former offenders’ right to vote. Donald’s legislative work has earned praise from across the political spectrum; he has won awards from groups as diverse as the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, the Virginia Education Association, and the UFCW Minority Coalition.

Donald is also a successful small businessman. With his partner, he has built a local law firm — McEachin & Gee — that has branches across Southside and the Richmond area. For 26 years, their firm has helped secure just outcomes for countless Virginians, ensuring they receive the resources they need to recover from accident or injury. The firm has also given out hundreds of scholarships to local students.

When not in the courtroom or Capitol, Donald participates in many civic and community groups. He is a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hanover, the NAACP, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; he is also a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the VCU Health System Board of Directors.

Donald is a graduate of American University and the University Of Virginia School Of Law. In 2008, he received his Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.

Donald and his wife, Colette, are the parents of three wonderful children. They have been married for 28 years.


Mike Wade (R)

(Information courtesy of http://www.mikewadeforcongress.com/about_mike)

wade-mikeHenrico County Sheriff Michael L. Wade, a Richmond, Virginia native, commands one of the largest sheriff’s offices in the Commonwealth with over 389 sworn and civilian staff, 33 part-time courthouse deputies, 76 part-time student deputies, and 3 part-time highschool student data entry assistants.

Sheriff Wade was elected on November 2, 1999. He is married to JoAnn Wade and they have one daughter, one grandson, and two granddaughters.

Michael Wade is a career law enforcement officer, with 41 years of service. He served for twenty-two years as a member of the Henrico Division of Police before being elected Sheriff. Joining the Division of Police in 1977, Wade began his career as a uniformed police officer.

During his career as a police officer, Wade was an investigator focusing on crimes against property. He later served in the Criminal Intelligence Section and later, as the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Investigator Liaison.

When elected Sheriff, Wade left the Division of Police as a Command Sergeant serving as the Supervisor of the School Resource and D.A.R.E. officers for Henrico County Public Schools.

Education

Benedictine High School –1974
Virginia Commonwealth Univ.–B.S. Administration of Justice, 1986.
Virginia Commonwealth Univ.–M.S. Rehab Counseling, Alcohol and Drug Education and Rehabilitation Program, 1990.