For Immediate Release: Massie No Longer Running

Contact: Aron Mujumdar
Cell: 205-534-1662

Statement from Schuyler VanValkenburg on Massie Retirement

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. - Local public high school teacher Schuyler VanValkenburg today issued the following statement in response to Del. Jimmie Massie's announcement that he will not seek re-election for the 72nd District Seat: 

"Since announcing my candidacy in January, I have been honored and humbled by the overwhelming grassroots support we've seen on the ground. "We've been out knocking on doors every weekend for the last six weeks, and we already have 160 individual donors from nearly every precinct in the district. We're feeling the energy as we talk to working families across the County about the issues that matter most to them. These past couple days, we're hearing from voters who are deeply worried about how President Trump's budget will devastate so many programs that are critical to the Commonwealth's economy, including education. Western Henrico's public school system drives our local economy by attracting families and businesses from all over the country, and as a public high school teacher, I am deeply concerned about efforts in the Trump administration and in the General Assembly to drain funding from our public schools - the lifeblood of our community. I look forward to continuing my campaign and earning the support of every Virginian in my district." 


Local public high school teacher Schuyler VanValkenburg has spent the last 13 years teaching government and history in Henrico County public schools. A graduate of the University of Richmond, Schuyler received his master's degree in history from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he wrote his thesis on the Richmond chapter of the National Organization for Women. He lives in the Lakeside neighborhood with his three school-age children.