Forty-four has made his choice in the 15th Assembly District. President Barack Obama is endorsing Buffy Wicks campaign, it was announced Wednesday.

“I’m proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates – leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America they’re running to represent,” said Obama. “I’m confident that, together, they’ll strengthen this country we love by restoring opportunity that’s broadly shared, repairing our alliances and standing in the world, and upholding our fundamental commitment to justice, fairness, responsibility, and the rule of law.  But first, they need our votes – and I’m eager to make the case for why Democratic candidates deserve our votes this fall.”

The endorsement is like a former boss writing a letter of recommendation for a valued employee looking for a new opportunity elsewhere. Wicks worked six years in the Obama administration as Deputy Director of Public Engagement, along with serving on his presidential campaigns.

“I joined the Obama 2008 campaign because he was the candidate who wanted to expand healthcare and create a progressive movement,” Wicks, said, in a statement. “I am honored to run as an Obama alumni with the same goals of passing big, bold progressive legislation and win by organizing at the local level.”

The fall race between Wicks and fellow Democrat Jovanka Beckles appears likely to be a contentious and extremely expensive campaign. Wicks won the June primary with 31.4 percent of the vote in a 12-person field. Beckles, a Richmond Councilmember, won a place in the top two primary with 15.8 percent.