FROM A BACKGROUND IN ACTIVISM AND COMMUNITY SERVICE...
Nadarius Clark is a progressive community activist, organizer, and Delegate representing the 79th district, which covers parts of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake. He comes from a military family with a background in business entrepreneurship. He grew up in a strong faith community and attends Zion Community Church in Northern Suffolk.
Born in Norfolk, he attended I.C. Norcom High School in downtown Portsmouth. He worked his first job at the age of 14 at his local 7-Eleven. He went on to college and graduated from Virginia Union University, an HBCU in Richmond.
In 2016 Delegate Clark co-founded the charter chapter of Generation Now Network, an organization committed to faith-based activism, advocacy, and education. As a student leader at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference in 2017, Nadarius rallied with leaders of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike, and he went on to lobby in Washington D.C. for comprehensive expansion to Medicare and Medicaid.
...TO THE YOUNGEST DEMOCRAT EVER ELECTED TO THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES.
Nadarius went on to organize with the non-profit Virginia For Our Future, Portsmouth Mayor Shannon Glover, and the Virginia Democratic Party to help elect Congressman Bobby Scott, Senator Tim Kaine, and President Joe Biden.
In 2021, Nadarius won a historic primary against a long time incumbent to become the first African American Delegate to represent the 79th district, and the youngest Democrat ever elected to the general assembly in its entire 400 year history. He was recognized by The Nation magazine as one of 2021's most significant victories for progressive leaders in America.
In the general assembly, Delegate Clark has championed causes for equity and justice across a wide policy range. From taking on the debt collection industry, to addressing maternal mortality in the Black community, Delegate Clark has, and always will, put the working class families of the 79th district first.