Roy Baldwin Running to Succeed Steve Shannon in 35th District

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Roy Baldwin Announces Campaign to Succeed Shannon in Fairfax County’s 35th District

(OAKTON, Virginia) -- Roy Baldwin – a Vienna resident, Oakton attorney, area business leader and civic volunteer – announced on January 7th that he is running as a Democrat for State Delegate in Virginia’s 35th District to strengthen our local economy, tackle our transportation challenges, enhance Fairfax County’s fine schools and address the health care priorities of the 21st century.

Baldwin and his wife Sharon – a music and voice teacher – have made their home, built their businesses and raised their family entirely in the 35th District for over 25 years. Their son Nathaniel is a graduate of Vienna’s James Madison High School, The College of William and Mary and works on his Dad’s campaign.

“Our family has deep roots in this district and I am proud to have built my business here, raised my family here, and worked over the years to strengthen and enhance the fabric of our communities,” says Baldwin. “Like the rest of the Commonwealth, our area faces great challenges and opportunities. It is crucial we work to grow our economy, tackle transportation in Northern Virginia, strengthen our schools and deal with the state budget in a manner that keeps Virginia moving forward.”

The 35th District is currently represented by Delegate Steve Shannon (D). A Democrat, Baldwin is running to succeed Shannon, who is running for Attorney General of Virginia.

“Not only is it an honor to campaign to represent this district in Richmond, it is also an honor to campaign to succeed Steve Shannon,” says Baldwin. “I consider Steve a dear friend and I have been an ardent supporter of his agenda, as well as his inclusive approach and energetic commitment to constituent service. I know what big shoes these are to fill and I am humbled by the task now before me.”

Baldwin has a long resume of civic involvement in the region going back to his law school days (George Washington Law School, Class of ’76) when he and two other legal students filed a class action lawsuit against former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew to force the return of bribes taken while in office. Baldwin’s and his fellow students’ efforts resulted in the return of nearly $300,000 to the taxpayers.

A successful small businessperson, Baldwin’s law practice has been based in Oakton since 1980 and he served on the Board of Directors of the Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2007 - 2008. As a member of Vienna’s Business Liaison Committee and Board of Architectural Review, Baldwin has strengthened the area’s quality of life and economic development. Baldwin also served on the Steering Committee for the expansion of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.

The Baldwin Law Firm focuses on family law and estate planning. In 2001 – 2002, he provided pro-bono representation for a child whose mother was killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. Baldwin received a Legal Assistance Distinguished Service Award from the American Bar Association for his work on the case.

Baldwin’s work for children and families includes serving as a Sunday School teacher at his church of more than 20 years – Church of the Holy Comforter. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Vienna Elementary PTA.

“We live in a special place because everyone in this community works hard to better our quality of life – businesses and workers who create a dynamic economy, parents and educators who are involved in our kids’ schools, police and first-responders who help keep our streets safe. I am running because we will continue to need a strong voice for our community in Richmond.”