GOOCHLAND, Va. – Taylor Keeney, a community leader and conservative outsider, released the following statement after the Virginia Supreme Court approved Virginia’s legislative maps. Keeney, a first time candidate, was running against Rep. Abigail Spanberger in the 7th Congressional District.
“Five months ago, we jumped into the race for Congress in the 7th District recognizing that our district, our country, and Congress had big issues that needed to be fixed. I was motivated to run because I’m a problem solver and Washington, D.C. is in sore need of new conservative leadership and fresh ideas.
“Unfortunately, redistricting did not turn out as we had hoped. Carter and I, and our family, live in Goochland – that’s home. With the final maps issued by the Virginia Supreme Court, Goochland is now in the 5th Congressional District. I am a big believer that you should run where you live. And so, I will not be continuing my campaign for Congress in the 7th District and do not intend to run in the 5th District against Congressman Bob Good. Now, more than ever, it is critical we elect a strong Republican majority to Congress, to retire Speaker Pelosi, and stop President Biden’s radical agenda.
“I am so grateful for all of the support our campaign received over the last five months. Running for Congress has been an incredible experience. From sitting with restaurant owners barely able to keep the lights on, to talking with inmates on the path to recovery, and enjoying countless coffees with people from all across the Commonwealth – I have met so many amazing people and enjoyed every moment traveling throughout 10 counties in Central Virginia.
“We appreciate the encouragement to consider other offices, but Carter and I are now going to take some time to figure out what exactly the future holds. Regardless of what we decide, I am going to be supporting candidates across Virginia – particularly women and younger candidates running for office. It’s long past time for more conservative women to serve our Commonwealth in the General Assembly and in federal office.
“For now, I just want to say thank you. It’s an incredibly humbling experience to run for office, and while I’m disappointed this campaign is coming to an end too soon, I’m not going anywhere; I will continue to serve my community however I can.”