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Mon Sep 18, 2023, 10:25 AM

Rep. Jennifer Wexton, Virginia Democrat Won't Seek Reelection After New Diagnosis

'Rep. Jennifer Wexton won't seek reelection after new diagnosis: 'I’m heartbroken.' NBC News, Sept. 18, 2023. Ed. - The decision from the Va Democrat, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in April but recently learned her condition had changed, opens up a battleground seat.

Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., who flipped a GOP-held seat in the anti-Trump Democratic wave in the 2018 midterms, said Monday she will not seek re-election in 2024 after she learned her health issues had worsened. In April, Wexton, 55, announced that she had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which she said was impacting her balance, mouth movement, and speech.

She said Monday that her diagnosis changed to progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare condition that she described as “Parkinson’s on steroids.” “I’ve always believed that honesty is the most important value in public service, so I want to be honest with you now — this new diagnosis is a tough one," Wexton said in a lengthy statement explaining her decision. There is no ‘getting better’ with PSP. I’ll continue treatment options to manage my symptoms, but they don’t work as well with my condition as they do for Parkinson’s."

“I’m heartbroken to have to give up something I have loved after so many years of serving my community,” she continued. “But taking into consideration the prognosis for my health over the coming years, I have made the decision not to seek reelection once my term is complete and instead spend my valued time with Andrew, our boys, and my friends and loved ones.”

Wexton’s retirement opens up a battleground seat in northern Virginia; the district includes wealthy suburbs and exurbs outside of Washington, D.C.

But the region has been trending bluer in recent elections, and after redistricting in 2022, Wexton defeated GOP opponent Hung Cao by 6.5 % points. Wexton, a former state lawmaker, arrived on the national stage in 2018, when she defeated incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., in one of the most closely watched and most expensive races of those midterm elections. House Democrats were swept back into power as voters turned against then-President Donald Trump...https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/rep-jennifer-wexton-wont-seek-reelection-new-diagnosis-parkinsons-ster-rcna105560

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Mon Sep 18, 2023, 10:40 AM


Remind me, please, if I ever complain.

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Mon Sep 18, 2023, 10:51 AM

2. For sure serious, she has perspective and courage. Wishing her the best.

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