Dec 1st, 2020

Norfolk City Council Member Andria McClellan to Run for Virginia Lieutenant Governor

Originally posted by: The Washington Post

RICHMOND — Norfolk City Council member Andria P. McClellan joined the crowded 2021 race for Virginia lieutenant governor on Tuesday, billing herself as a “pragmatic progressive” intent on both expanding the economy and addressing climate change.

An independent on the nonpartisan council, McClellan, 50, is running as a Democrat. She is the 11th candidate and seventh Democrat to formally get into the race. The incumbent, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D), will not seek reelection because he is running for governor.

A part-time job with limited powers, the lieutenant governorship is highly sought after as a potential path to the Executive Mansion.

Crowded field in 2021 Va. lieutenant governor’s race

“Right now, we can’t afford to be divided,” McClellan says in a campaign video that touts her support for giving every family access to high-speed Internet, quality education, health care and good-paying jobs. “We’re a commonwealth that wins by addition, not by subtraction.”

In an interview ahead of her announcement, McClellan also stressed the need to address the effects of climate change — something she said is already being felt not just in her flood-prone coastal city, but across the state.

“It’s not just sea-level rise,” she said. “The rain bombs that are the result of climate change are also creating havoc.”

Other Democrats competing for the party’s nomination next summer are: Del. Hala S. Ayala (Prince William), former Virginia Democratic Party chairman Paul Goldman, Del. Elizabeth R. Guzman (Prince William), Fairfax County NAACP President Sean Perryman, Del. Sam Rasoul (Roanoke) and Arlington County businessman Xavier Warren.

Babur Lateef, chair of the Prince William County School Board, had publicly considered seeking the nomination but announced about two weeks ago that he would take a pass, focusing instead on ways to safely reopen schools.

No TV ads, no presidential visits: Virginia’s era as a swing state appears to be over

The Republican field includes: Fairfax County business consultant Puneet Ahluwalia; Lance Allen, a national security company executive who lives in Fauquier County; Del. Glenn R. Davis Jr. (Virginia Beach); and former delegate Timothy D. Hugo (Fairfax).

In an interview ahead of her announcement, McClellan also stressed the need to address the effects of climate change — something she said is already being felt not just in her flood-prone coastal city, but across the state.

“It’s not just sea-level rise,” she said. “The rain bombs that are the result of climate change are also creating havoc.”

Other Democrats competing for the party’s nomination next summer are: Del. Hala S. Ayala (Prince William), former Virginia Democratic Party chairman Paul Goldman, Del. Elizabeth R. Guzman (Prince William), Fairfax County NAACP President Sean Perryman, Del. Sam Rasoul (Roanoke) and Arlington County businessman Xavier Warren.

Babur Lateef, chair of the Prince William County School Board, had publicly considered seeking the nomination but announced about two weeks ago that he would take a pass, focusing instead on ways to safely reopen schools.

No TV ads, no presidential visits: Virginia’s era as a swing state appears to be over

The Republican field includes: Fairfax County business consultant Puneet Ahluwalia; Lance Allen, a national security company executive who lives in Fauquier County; Del. Glenn R. Davis Jr. (Virginia Beach); and former delegate Timothy D. Hugo (Fairfax).

By Laura Vozzella

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