Ashley McLeod Not Running for 7th Senate District

Former Virginia Beach School Board member Ashley McLeod, mentioned as a possible candidate after Senator Frank Wagner’s retirement announcement, send out a press release Monday that she will not be running for the seat.

The press release from Ashley McLeod:

After much consideration, the Hon. Ashley McLeod has decided not to run for Virginia’s 7 th District senatorial seat, a position held by Sen. Frank Wagner who has decided against seeking re-election.

“While I am extremely interested in pursuing this opportunity to serve, the timing does not align with my current professional position,” McLeod stated. “Thank you to all who reached out in support and encouragement. Additionally, I want to thank Sen. Wagner for his service and dedication to our community.”

McLeod is Vice President of Communications & Membership for the Virginia Maritime Association (VMA), a statewide organization promoting commerce through Virginia’s ports for nearly 100 years.
McLeod holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her graduate studies, also at Indiana University, in Parks & Recreation Administration brought her to Virginia in 1992.

McLeod’s community leadership is varied. She was a member of the Virginia Beach School Board, serves on the Governing Board for WHRO, recently completed her term as a member of the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast Board of Directors and Sister City Association of Virginia Beach Board of Directors. Her civic engagement began as president of the Campus East Homeowners Association, founding member of the Northwest Beach Partnership, PTA President at Old Donation Center and co-chair of the VBCPS Facilities Steering Committee.

One person stepped in Friday when Virginia Beach School Board member Carolyn Weems announced she would be a candidate for the seat.