Toscano endorses Galvin for his seat in House

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A retiring delegate has now announced an endorsement for his replacement.

Incumbent Delegate David Toscano released a statement Friday endorsing Charlottesville City Councilor Kathy Galvin.

In his statement, he cites Galvin's experience in representing the people of the area where she has lived for 35 years, including serving on the city council and the Charlottesville School Board.

Toscano says her experience in local government, living in the community and forging broad coalitions will make a difference.

"This is not to say that I have agreed with every vote Kathy has taken. There are some areas where I believe city council has made mistakes, but I have watched Kathy through the years, and it's clear to me that she understands our region and its numerous cross-currents and competing interests. You can only acquire this knowledge by living here and serving," wrote Toscano in his endorsement. "Over the years, I have been impressed with Kathy's understanding of how one builds coalitions to get things done. Big ideas are great but legislating involves skills of listening and collaborating, both of which Kathy has demonstrated in this community."

Toscano has represented the 57th District, which includes parts of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, since 2006.

Between 2011 and 2019, he also served as the House Minority Leader.

Galvin will face off with Sally Hudson, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia, in the primary election, which will take place on June 11.

The general election will be held on Nov. 5.

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