VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — A day after winning a closely fought congressional race, Democrat Elaine Luria said she’s ready to get to work.
“I want to represent everyone, it doesn’t matter whether you voted for me or not,” said Luria. “I want to hear you and talk to you, so we’ll look forward to those dialogues and holding town halls and engaging with the community.”
Luria beat Republican incumbent Scott Taylor by about 6,000 votes. In a statement, Taylor said serving has been the honor of his life and that he wishes Luria the best, “as her success is our success.”
“I missed his original call because it was quite loud at our celebration, but I had a nice voicemail from him and then we spoke after that briefly and really focused on getting together to make a smooth turnover,” said Luria.
Luria said her top priorities include addressing sea level rise, flooding, and access to quality, affordable healthcare. She said she will head to Washington D.C. next week to attend freshmen orientation, and said she’s excited to work with the Virginia delegation.
“I think it’s challenging in a transition time so it will be a new Congress, and we’ll have to set the priorities, but you know, I really want to put together a team that is focused on this district,” said Luria.
13NewsNow reached out to Scott Taylor’s team multiple times throughout the night Tuesday and Wednesday. They could not be reached for comment.
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