Both candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for governor visited Loudoun this week.
Attorney, former U.S. Representative and Obama Administration diplomat Tom Perriello spoke to the Loudoun County Democratic Party’s monthly meeting Thursday night in Leesburg. He said Donald Trump’s presidency “reminds us of the fact that it’s state that are going to need to step up and show the leadership on the issues of justice and fairness going forward.”
He also remarked on a recent Washington Post poll that showed him with a narrow lead over his opponent in the primary race, pediatric neurologist and Lt. Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam.
Perriello and Northam have polled closely together.
“What was more important in that Washington Post poll was who was getting excited about the race,” he said, indicating groups that are usually show lower turnout in elections. “We don’t need to worry about converting voters this year—we need to worry about giving voters a reason to show up.”
Northam visited the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling along with other elected leaders Friday morning to present House Joint Resolution 969, which the General Assembly adopted this year. That resolution, introduced by Del. Jennifer B. Boysko (D-86), honors the ADAMS Center’s FAITH Social Services program.
“We watched an election in 2016 that was based on hatred and bigotry and discrimination, and that’s not what Virginia is all about,” Northam said, speaking after Friday prayers and during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. “And I came today to thank you for what you offer to our community, and what you offer to this country.”
Perriello and Northam will face off in the Democratic primary election on June 13; whoever wins will be Democratic nominee for governor in November.