WASHINGTON – The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) today announced its first round of pre-primary endorsements and investments in a slate of targeted candidates for Virginia’s House of Delegates. The candidates include: Garrison Coward, Carrie Coyner, D.J. Jordan, Mary Margaret Kastelberg, and GayDonna Vandergriff.
“Speaker Cox has done great work to recruit strong candidates that reflect the diverse voices of their communities and who will be key partners in the fight for common sense, conservative policies in Richmond on important issues like fixing traffic congestion and fighting for Virginia’s public schools,” said RSLC President Austin Chambers. “We look forward to defending the majority and helping elect these new leaders this fall.”
The RSLC served as key partners to Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox in his effort to recruit candidates who reflect the full diversity of the commonwealth. The Richmond Times-Dispatch profiled this effort in March, highlighting each of the candidates supported by the RSLC.
This is the first round of endorsements, with more to come in the weeks ahead to highlight additional pickup opportunities throughout the commonwealth.
Coward is a native of Richmond, Virginia, and a proud product of Henrico County’s School System. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors at the Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation, the YMCA of Greater Richmond Millennial Initiative, and on the Board of Directors of the Richmond-based company BizCents.
Coyner was elected to the Chesterfield County School Board in November 2011 and currently serves as chair. She has served on the Board of Management for the Chester YMCA, Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee for Chesterfield County, Board of Directors for the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce, Elizabeth Scott Elementary School PTA Board, and serves as the children’s choir director and adult Sunday school teacher at Chester United Methodist Church. For all her work she has received multiple awards, including being named the VSBA All Virginia School Board Award Winner in 2013.
Jordan’s four policy priorities for his campaign include: reducing traffic congestion; helping small businesses thrive; strengthening public education; and helping vulnerable children and families. Having served a four-year term on the Virginia State Board of Social Services, he recently released a set of policy ideas that will help vulnerable children and families in Prince William and Fauquier Counties, as well as Virginians across the commonwealth.
Mary Margaret Kastelberg
Kastelberg was born and raised in Richmond by an attorney and school teacher and was very involved in St. Mary’s parish. After college she moved back to Richmond and married her husband and started a family. Like many moms, she still found time to volunteer at her children’s school, coaching soccer games and volunteering at St. Bridget Church, while working in the corporate world. She continues to be involved in her community and joined the board of Commonwealth Catholic Charities in 2006, serving as the chair from November 2015-March 2018.
Vandergriff was born and raised in Virginia and is a first-generation college graduate who learned early on the power of public education to change someone’s life. Vandergriff has invested over twenty years encouraging knowledge and strong education through her service promoting literacy as Chairman of the Henrico Library Advisory Board and President of the Friends of the Glen Allen Library. She currently serves the broader community as the Brookland District Representative on the Henrico Area Mental Health and Development Services Board. Vandergriff has further invested in Henrico’s next generation of leaders by serving as a substitute teacher at Glen Allen Elementary School, teaching university classes, and serving on multiple PTA boards in Henrico County Public Schools.
About the RSLC
The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect Republicans to multiple down-ballot, state-level offices. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the offices of lieutenant governor, secretary of state, secretary of agriculture, state legislator, the judiciary and other down-ticket races. State-level Republicans maintain 61 of 99 legislative chamber majorities across the country, hold 25 lieutenant governor seats, and control 28 secretaries of state offices. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.rslc.gop or follow @RSLC on Twitter.