PETERSBURG, VA – Following the projection by the Associated Press that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be the next President and Vice President of the United States, Delegate Lashrecse Aird released the following statement:

“As a young black woman in America, a leader in the state that is the birthplace of slavery, there is no denying that this last week, this last year, these last four years, these last 400 years have been grueling and difficult. As the representative of a beautifully diverse district, I’ve witnessed unprecedented need, hurt and pain at every corner and from people of all walks of life.

But today, as Vice President Biden is formally elected to be the 46th President of the United States, the people have decidedly chosen to cast out division, hatred and the perpetual hardship that has persisted during this unprecedented period in our democracy and our country.

To also watch as the first woman, first Black American and first South Asian American is elected to be the Vice President of the United States, I am filled with pride and joy. Not simply for Senator Harris but for the millions of girls across our country that can see for the first time the truth of all they can become. Her election represents the essence of what it means to be an American.

This election is historical for a lot of reasons. Record participation from first-time voters, young people and the millions of voices of black and brown voters across this country. Make no mistake, this election is being delivered to Joe Biden by those voices. In Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Phoenix, Chicago, and right here in the 63rd District; we showed up and have squarely rejected Trumpism. While the closeness of this race so clearly shows there is much more to be done, what must happen next is the collective willingness of us as a people to all find it within ourselves to desire and ignite change, healing and hope once again.”