Chad Thompson is running for Delegate for the 86th District of Virginia State House of Delegates. He wants to make sure the people of Fairfax and Loudoun's voices are heard down in Richmond and that's starts with Leading by Listening.
Chad and his wife Elizabeth live in the Floris community of Herndon with their four children. Elizabeth, an attorney by training, works as a pre-school teacher at Floris United Methodist Church. On any given weekend, you can find Chad and Elizabeth shuttling their kids to various activities in Fairfax and Loudoun County. You might catch them in Sterling in the batting cages, playing soccer at Bready Park in Herndon, at Lee’s Corner practicing basketball or swimming at Armfield Farm in Chantilly. During their free time, Chad and his family enjoy hiking on the Appalachian Trail and attending local sporting events.
“I am truly blessed to have a wife and four children who support my campaign. I hope I can earn your support as well.”
Chad has been working as a Senior Director at a Washington, D.C.-based grassroots advocacy firm where he advises companies in the real estate, waste, and energy sectors on public affairs issues. His main focus on these campaigns is to go out to the neighborhoods, hear the concerns of the residents directly affected by a given project, and make sure that they are given the opportunity to negotiate with these large companies to ensure their quality of life can be improved.
Chad’s work in the renewable energy sector over the last decade has helped permit over 500 MW of clean, renewable energy. In 2016, he worked with Charlottesville-based, Apex Clean Energy to permit the first wind energy project in the state of Virginia.
Chad also worked with DC United and residents to gain approval from the DC Council to construct the new Audi Field Soccer Stadium at Buzzard Point. Chad’s experience has led him to work in over 40 states and 200 communities. In each of those communities, Chad works with neighbors to find solutions that benefit the whole community.
“I have spent my career meeting people at their door or sitting at the kitchen table listening to concerns and searching for solutions. I want to put that experience to work to fight for the people of the 86th in Richmond.”
A lifelong Democrat, Chad has been working in the trenches for the last twenty-five years to help elect Democrats from the local and state level all the way to President of the United States. In 1995, Chad’s first campaign job was for Senator Frank Nolen, a Democrat from the Shenandoah Valley.
He has experience as a candidate as well. At the age of 23, Chad ran as one of the youngest candidates in Tennessee history for the state legislature defeating a heavily favored candidate to win the Democratic nomination before narrowly losing the general election. Chad also spent time working on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bart Gordon (D-TN). He also served as a special assistant to James Carville, senior advisor to President Bill Clinton.
“Volunteering for Bill Clinton’s campaign in college was my first experience in politics and I have been knocking on doors for Democrats ever since. I will put that experience to work for you and hope to talk to you at your door.”
Giving back to their community are important values to Chad and Elizabeth. Whether it is volunteering at Floris Elementary School or teaching young athletes, Chad has spent the last ten years focused on building a stronger community for his children. Chad serves as a Cub Scout Leader for Pack 158 in Floris. And since 2010, Chad has also coached and volunteered for Herndon Youth Optimist Baseball. During that time, Chad has coached his three sons and daughter from tee ball all the way to kid pitch. He now serves as one of the Herndon Select Travel Managers.
“Now, more than ever, I have felt a desire to get more involved in the community. There are so many challenges facing our region. I humbly ask for your vote so we can work to build a better community for all of us.”