With three weeks until primary elections for Virginia’s gubernatorial race, Democratic candidate Tom Perriello yesterday held the 18th of 22 scheduled town hall meetings, and his second one at the Claude Moore Recreation Center in Sterling.
The Democratic primary race for governor has garnered national attention and is particularly close. The same day, the Washington Post published polling results showing both Perriello and his opponent, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, with double-digit leads over the anticipated Republican candidate Ed Gillespie.
Speaking about the “urban crescent” of Northern Virginia, Perriello urged investment in public education and transportation.
“I think that people have moved here because there are quality schools; they want quality of life,” he said. “Virginia got to be a great place to live because we invested in infrastructure and education, we don’t want to see that undermined by underinvestment.”
Perriello has served as a congressman for Virginia’s 5th district and as a diplomat for the Obama administration. He is running for the Democratic party nomination against Northam, a veteran, neurologist, and current lieutenant governor of Virginia.
John Patterson is a summer intern with Loudoun Now. He is studying English and economics at the University of Virginia.