Gubernatorial hopeful Tom Perriello stopped by the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling during Friday prayers to tour, shake hands, and speak briefly to the congregants in the prayer hall.
The Charlottesville Democrat said the ADAMS Center and the communities represented there “are an enormous part of why Virginia is stronger and more welcoming today.”
“Every country that I’ve been to, I’ve always been welcomed with unbelievable warmth and hospitality by those from the Islamic community, and I want to make sure that Virginia remains as beloved and welcoming and inclusive as I have always felt in those other countries,” Perriello said to the assembled faithful.
In addition to his time in the House of Representatives, Perriello has served in international courts and the U.S. Department of State.
Perriello also touted to assembled press his plan for two years of free community college and other skills training for Virginians, and pledged to emphasize small businesses. He referenced his previous campaign visit to Loudoun, when he visited Catoctin Creek Distillery in Purcellville.
“Our system so far has been rigged toward the largest companies instead of trying to make sure we’re supporting new businesses, where we actually see a lot of job creation,” Perriello said. “So in cases like that you’re supporting local farmers who are growing the organic rye, the solar panels are helping to create construction jobs, and the product is something that’s making us all a lot happier when we get to taste it, so I think those are the kind of win-win solutions that we’re looking for.”
Perriello is facing Lt. Governor Ralph Northam in the contest for the Democratic Party nomination for Virginia governor. Democratic primary elections for the November general election will be held June 13.