(Yorktown) – Kelly DeLucia, local real estate agent, today announced her candidacy for the 96th House of Delegates election this November. DeLucia, a newcomer to politics, is the first Democrat to challenge incumbent Delegate Brenda Pogge since she was elected to the seat in 2007.
DeLucia was compelled to run in the wake of the results of last November’s election. “I’ve been incredibly involved in the community for my entire life. But it wasn’t until last November that I realized how desperately we need motivated citizens to serve in government,” DeLucia said.
The 96th House of Delegates District, which contains parts of York County and James City County, is generally considered a safe Republican district. That reality does not seem to faze DeLucia. “I know it’ll be an incredible challenge to win in the 96th,” DeLucia conceded. “At the same time, my life has been a saga of taking on and overcoming challenges. I’m at my best when the odds are against me.”
DeLucia grew up in Yorktown. She graduated from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in environmental science. As a result, she plans to focus part of her message and efforts on encouraging responsible stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
DeLucia resides in Yorktown with her wife Dee and their two infant sons. Although she is both excited and a little nervous about challenging an entrenched incumbent, DeLucia feels there is no other option. “I don’t know how to explain it. When I look at the faces of my sons - and then look at the state of politics today - the sense of responsibility is overwhelming. My mission is clear: to fight for change in the political sphere. It’s the only way to ensure my sons can flourish in the same community that made me who I am today.”
Kelly DeLucia’s website is www.kellyforva.com.
Note: Kelly DeLucia is available for interview.
Contact: William Haworth @ 323.377.1228