Briana Sewell

Briana Sewell is seeking the 51st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in the November 2021 election.

Briana Sewell, chief of staff to Prince William County Board Chair Ann Wheeler, announced Wednesday she will run for the 51st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates next fall.

The seat is currently held by Del. Hala Ayala, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor and said she will not run for re-election to the House seat. 

In a news release, Ayala endorsed Sewell for the seat. 

“I’ve watched Briana grow as a leader in this community and I know she will be a champion for the 51st District. In Richmond, she will continue to move Virginia forward and fight for working families,” Ayala said. 

Ayala upset longtime incumbent Republican Del. Rich Anderson to win the seat in 2017 and won re-election over Anderson in 2019.  The district currently includes most of the Lake Ridge area of Prince William and stretches westward through the Hoadly area to include Nokesville and portions of Bristow.  However, the lines could be redrawn before the 2021 election if the state's redistricting process is completed. 

Before working for Wheeler, Sewell was political director and senior organizer for the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy. In that role, she worked to support more equitable economic policies that benefit small businesses and working families.  She also served as Prince William district director for U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-11th, who also endorsed her campaign.

"She fought every day for the people of Prince William County,”  Connolly said. “I know she'll bring that same energy, tenacity, and enthusiasm to the House of Delegates." 

Sewell said, "I’m in this race because I want to continue to build on the important work in Richmond and be a voice for the 51st District. That means strengthening our public schools, improving resources for service members, fighting for affordable health care, investing in transportation, and working to ensure economic prosperity for all."

She earned her bachelor’s degree in public policy from the College of William and Mary and a master’s in public administration from American University.

In her campaign announcement, Sewell said she also had been endorsed by state Sens. George Barker, Jeremy McPike, and Scott Surovell; House of Delegates Appropriations Committee Chair Luke Torian of Prince William; Wheeler and Supervisor Kenny Boddye from the county board; and five county school board members, including board Chair Babur Lateef.

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(6) comments

Antonio Marisol

She is the devious brainchild behind all of Ann Wheeler’s most odious policies of the last year. Don’t be deceived by this smiling face of tyranny.

Paul Benedict

Democrats like Sewell and Inova staff lack the critical thinking skills to understand that Democratic policies created the issues that they claim to want to fix. Inova staff unquestionably fulfill their useful idiot role in promoting her, pointing out "she worked to support more equitable economic policies that benefit small businesses and working families." And what did she do to do that? Nothing is mentioned, but she worked on it. And that is all that matters in Democrat world. So what if taxes go up and work place regulations force small businesses to close? It's the motives that count.

Martin Geter

And Trump had exactly what political experience prior to being elected President? Let's see...he claimed that he had proof that Obama was foreign born/ineligible to be US President (2 terms). Claimed that he would get Mexico to pay for the wall. He promised to replace Affordable Health Care w/ something better....Promised to end DACA.... Again...just what political experience did he have???

Lance Livestrong

In a representative form of government, "political experience" is nothing more than showing you were able to win an election and "serve" its designated constituents. Typically and historically,in a non-tyrannical, free and fair society, these votes are legitimate, accurate, and un-compromised.

Does the Government work for We The People, or do we work for the Government?

The Constitution has been decimated, and We The People are paying the price...

Sic Semper Tyrannis...

Antonio Marisol

Based on those she’s worked for it’s about the people working for the government.


I guess Prince William is dead set on sending these clueless unprepared talking heads down to Richmond and get their butts handed to them every time they walk into the room? Ayala was a total laughing stock down there and Briana Sewell will be even worse.

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