We Have Our 2017 Democratic Candidates!
The Virginia gubernatorial election of 2017 will take place on November 7, 2017 -
The incumbent Governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, is not eligible to run for re-election due to term limits established by the Virginia Constitution. Virginia is the only state that prohibits its Governor from serving immediate successive terms.
Dr. Ralph Northam
Northam for Governor
"As a former Army doctor who cared for our soldiers during the Persian Gulf War and a practicing physician who treats Virginia’s children, I believe listening to the needs of patients is what makes a great doctor. As Lieutenant Governor, I take the same approach to serving the Commonwealth."
Dr. Ralph Northam grew up working on the Chesapeake Bay before attending Virginia Military Institute, where he graduated with distinction and was President of the Honor Court. After graduating from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Northam served eight years of active duty in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Major. Upon his return from treating soldiers injured in Desert Storm, Dr. Northam began practicing pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk. Dr. Northam also serves as Assistant Professor of Neurology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and has seventeen years of volunteer services as Medical Director for the Edmarc Hospice for Children in Portsmouth.
Dr. Northam ran for State Senator promising to approach public service with the same passion and focus on results that he served with in the military and as a doctor. He believed--as he does now--that you reach across the aisle to get things done without ever compromising your core beliefs and always by fighting for what's right. That's why Dr. Northam led the fight against the now infamous transvaginal ultrasound bill that Ken Cuccinelli and his allies tried to impose on Virginia women.
"As Lieutenant Governor, I am proud to support progress for all Virginians. During the past two legislative sessions, I cast tie-breaking votes to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation in state government, to repeal the infamous and medically unnecessary ultrasound mandate, and to raise the minimum wage for working Virginians."
In addition to his responsibilities as the tie breaking vote in the Senate, Lt. Governor Northam has been a proud voice in favor of Medicaid expansion because he believes that Republicans have placed themselves on the wrong side of history by putting partisan politics before the health of up to 400,000 hard-working Virginians – 15,000 of whom are veterans – and an estimated 30,000 new jobs.
Serving on the Virginia Economic Development Partnership board, he has worked with Governor McAuliffe to attract new companies, create jobs, and build a New Virginia economy.
Dr. Northam also chairs the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success where he helped secure a federal grant to create over 3,000 pre-K education spots for children in low-income families and advocated for greater access to pre-natal care. He also chairs the Governor’s Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response and led a team tasked with identifying challenges and suggesting improvements to the state’s complex system of mental health services.
"With your continued help, I'll keep doing the right thing for Virginia families no matter who or what stands in the way because I've always taken service seriously and I always will."
Justin Fairfax -
Candidate for Lt. Governor
Fairfax for Lt. Gov.
Growing up, Justin didn’t have much money, but he was surrounded by family love and spiritual wealth. After his parents’ divorce, Justin, along with his hardworking mother and three older siblings, moved into his grandparents’ house in inner-city Washington, DC, until his mom could save enough to buy her own house across the street, and just a few doors down from aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The neighborhood had transformed from a close-knit middle-class community to one ravaged by a growing drug epidemic, increasing violence, and dwindling economic opportunities, so Justin learned early on how fragile the future can be, watching the lives of many friends and neighbors unravel in the face of unexpected challenges because they didn’t have the same strong network of support.
Defying long odds, Justin’s mom put all four of her children through college – and two through law school. Justin received scholarships to Duke University, where he graduated with a degree in Public Policy Studies, and Columbia Law School, where he was selected for the Columbia Law Review. As Justin grew up, he felt determined to re-pay his spiritual debt by dedicating himself to public service – to help others gain access to the kind of opportunities he had to pursue his American dream, no matter where they start in life. During his career, Justin has worked in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, developing a keen insight into solving the challenges that face Virginia families today.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Deputy Coordinator of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force, Justin saw the power that law enforcement and criminal justice reform can have to keep communities safe, while providing appropriate second chances, saving hard-earned taxpayer dollars, and changing communities and lives.
As a small business owner with his wife, Dr. Cerina Fairfax, DDS, he understands the importance of strengthening and diversifying Virginia’s economy. And as a father of a young son and daughter, he knows how important economic stability is for our children’s future.
The challenges Virginia families face today are unprecedented – when one bad life event can turn into a cascade of failures. Justin believes it doesn’t have to be that way. As Lieutenant Governor, Justin will work every day to build the foundation of economic and educational opportunity that every Virginian deserves and that will make our Commonwealth an even better place to live, work, raise a family, and grow a business.
Herring for AG
MARK HERRING -
Candidate for Attorney General
Mark Herring was raised by a single mother in Loudoun County, Virginia. She instilled in him that when you see a problem in your community, you have an obligation to try and fix it. He worked construction and other jobs in order to help pay for college. And he's never forgotten where he came from, which is why he works every single day to make our families and communities safer.
As Attorney General, Mark has assembled an elite team of prosecutors to crack down on heroin dealers, violent gang members, gun runners, human traffickers, and those who attempt to exploit our children online.
He is helping survivors of sexual assault pursue justice by eliminating a three-decade-old backlog of more than 2,000 untested rape kits to find and prosecute criminals.
He has made communities safer by cracking down on illegal guns and promoting commonsense gun safety laws, like universal background checks, that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. And he has worked to improve relations between police departments and the communities they serve with innovative training and recruiting initiatives.
Since the day he was sworn in, Attorney General Herring has worked nonstop to defend the rights of Virginia taxpayers, seniors, veterans, and military families. He has won more than $100 million in debt relief and restitution for veterans and military families, and his best-in-the-nation Medicaid Fraud unit has saved taxpayers more than $60 million.
Just 12 days into his term, General Herring became the first attorney general to successfully argue that his state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples should be struck down, winning at the district court and appeals court before the United States Supreme Court let the decision stand, bringing marriage equality to the Commonwealth within 10 months of his taking office.
He has won huge victories in courts for clean air and water including the Chesapeake Bay, for affordable health care, and for the right of all Virginians to live and worship free from hate and discrimination.
Prior to being elected Attorney General, Mark served as a state Senator representing Loudoun and Fairfax counties. Mark worked on issues facing one of America’s fastest-growing counties and some of the world’s most innovative businesses. Mark also served on Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors, and was a small business owner, running a private practice in his hometown of Leesburg where he has practiced law for more than 20 years.
Mark received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia, and graduated with honors from the University of Richmond School of Law.
Mark and his wife, Laura, have been married for 27 years. They have two children, daughter Peyton, 24, and son Tim, 21.
Candidate for VA House of Delegates District 65
Stevens for Delegate
I am a husband, a father, and a police officer; just a regular person who understands the issues facing Virginia and who wants to help. Today, more than ever, it seems politicians have lost touch with common people like us. My interest in politics came when I was just a young boy growing up in the Philippines. My grandfather was a transportation official, my godfather was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and my mother was a city councilor. Together, the three of them instilled in me a passion for helping others. My grandfather told me, “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” My record as a public servant shows that I care: I am a twelve year veteran police officer for The Commonwealth of Virginia, I have served on the Petersburg City Council, and I have served on the Virginia Asian Advisory Board and The Fair Housing Board, having been appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell. Prior to this, I worked in retail management for 15 years.
I live in Chesterfield County with my wife of 27 years, Michele. We met in college at Sonoma State in California where I graduated in 1986. We have two children who attend public school. Michele is a Psychologist, working for a local Community Services Board. I attend St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Chesterfield. I am active in my local community and in the Asian American community.