In lieu of endorsements ahead of this year’s Democratic primary, The Daily Progress has requested candidates provide a single statement from a supporter of their choosing. Here, voters — not the candidate and not anyone paid by the candidate’s campaign — will make their case for their camp before primary ballots are cast on June 20.

On paper, it’s easy to see that Creigh Deeds is an impressive legislator: A pragmatic progressive, Creigh passed more bills than any other lawmaker in 2023, making him the most effective legislator in the commonwealth. He’s secured major endorsements from America’s top gun reform leader Gabby Giffords and her life-saving organization Giffords PAC. He’s also secured endorsements from Virginia’s top abortion access and women’s rights advocacy groups, REPRO Rising VA, formerly NARAL Pro-Choice VA, the VA National Organization for Women PAC, as well as more than 75 other local and statewide leaders and organizations. While his resume is part of the reason why I’m voting for him, it is certainly not the only one.