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Creigh Deeds will run for another State Senate term in 2011
By Kyle Maichle
After suffering one of the worst defeats ever for a Virginia gubernatorial candidate to Bob McDonnell in 2009, many observers considered his political career to be over. In a email sent to his supporters, Deeds said: "no doubt many of my detractors consider me vulnerable and maybe even finished." In a phone interview with the Roanoke Times, Deeds told the newspaper that he contemplated about stepping away from politics after his Senate term expired.
In announcing his intent to run for another term in the State Senate, Deeds said: "I am running for re-election because I am not finished." The Senator said: "I am running for re-election because I know that to create opportunity in every corner of this Commonwealth, we have to invest in the necessary transportation and educational infrastructure to support economic growth." Deeds felt that he had the desire to continue serving as a State Senator and dedicated time to rebuilding his law practice after losing the 2009 Governor's race.
Deeds is considered to be a key voice on the issue of redistricting in Virginia. The Senator has supported legislation to establish an independent redistricting commission in Virginia. The legislation received approval from the State Senate during the past legislative session, but got defeated in the House of Delegates. Deeds declined to comment on possible redistricting scenarios citing that Census data would not be released until 2011.
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