November 8, 2011
As Republicans battle for control of the Virginia State Senate, Democratic Sen. Creigh Deeds is one incumbent not giving up his seat.
Deeds had an easy victory in the 25th District over Charlottesville lawyer TJ Aldous. The 25th District includes all of Charlottesville and Nelson County, and parts of Albemarle, Rockbridge and Allegheny counties.
Deeds joined Democrats at Vivace Italian Restaurant in Albemarle County for a victory party Tuesday night. Even with the possibility of Republicans taking control of the State Senate, Deeds says his goal is to continue working with all his colleagues, regardless of political affiliation.
"Too often, people get caught up in Democrats and Republicans. We work with whomever else is elected," Deeds said. "It's our responsibility to work for the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in order to move the ball forward, whether we are Democrats or Republicans. To work together, that's what people want us to do."
Deeds' victory means his campaign cash pays off. He raised more than $150,000 for his 2011 campaign, which is almost 10 times more than Aldous' fundraising total.
Also, the University of Virginia has a friend in Richmond. Deeds is a supporter of financial aid and would like to see more money go toward helping students pay for higher education.
However, Deeds has spoken out against the Route 29 Western Bypass. He says the current design of the road is expensive, inefficient and outdated.
Deeds joined the State Senate after a special election in 2001, taking over the seat of the late state Sen. Emily Couric. Before that, he was in the House of Delegates from 1992 to 2001.
Deeds was the Democratic nominee for governor in the 2009 election but lost to Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell.