Friday, January 8, 2021 - After collecting donations throughout 2020 for her bid to seek the Republican nomination to run against incumbent Delegate Roslyn Tyler (D) the political activist and former Bernie Sanders supporter addressed the 75th Legislative District Committee today notifying the Chairs of each of the Republican Unit Committees in the 75th District of ending her campaign. She released the following statement via email:
"Today I am withdrawing my candidacy for Delegate for the 75th District. In my short time running I have accomplished a great deal for the area. I am continuing the projects I started the help the area. Thank you for the opportunity."
Lowe Lost Lunenburg
Lowe was recently disavowed by the Lunenburg Republican Party at the Lunenburg County Republican Committee's January 4th official call which she did not attend. The Lunenburg Republican Committee advised the 75th Legislative District Committee and the 5th Congressional District Committee this week that she is not a Republican based on the following points:
- Taking part in the State Convention for the Democratic Party in 2016.
- Actively supporting Democrat Bernie Sanders in 2016.
- Actively running for U.S. Congress as an Independent against a Republican in 2018.
- Making statements on the radio attacking the Republican nominee for Congress and the 5th Congressional District's honesty.
Lowe is from Rawlings, Virginia, which is in Brunswick County. The Chair of the Brunswick County Republican Committee was present during the meeting.
75th House of Delegates District is Key Battleground for 2021
The 75th House of Delegates District includes all of the City of Franklin and Southampton County as well as the City of Emporia, Sussex County, Brunswick County, and parts of Lunenburg County.
Lowe had spent a significant amount of time in Franklin and Southampton County throughout 2020 promoting her intentions to run for the historically Democrat seat in the General Assembly. Franklin and Southampton make up more than 40% of the Republican voters in the 75th House of Delegates District.
According to the Virginia Public Access Project, Lowe had raised $6,114.00 for her campaign as of June 30, 2020.
With Lowe's withdrawal, as of this posting Otto Wachsmann is left as the only candidate seeking the Republican nomination to run for the 75th House of Delegates District in November. Otto, a small town pharmacist from Stony Creek, is also an Associate Member of the Franklin Southampton Republican Party and regularly attends the FSGOP's meetings and local events. Otto was defeated by the smallest margin in the 75th House of Delegates District's history, losing to the Democrat incumbent by only 2% of the vote in a District that has traditionally been considered "safe" for Democrats.
"Ms. Lowe has always been eager to help when she attended our meetings and events," Franklin Southampton Republican Party Chairman Bradshaw stated after hearing the news of her withdrawal.
He continued, "As a Republican Party Official I stand behind the State Party Plan which determines the qualifications for Republican Candidates for public office. Kimberly had a lot of supporters in Southampton County so I hope they will stay in the fight and support the Republican Nominee."
Bradshaw, ending the first year of a two-year elected term as the local Combined Committee Chairman, concluded, "At this time I have not received any requests from FSGOP Committee Members nor Republican Party Officials to disavow Ms. Lowe nor call for her removal as an Associate Member."