Gubernatorial Candidate Perriello Visits Sterling Mosque

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.

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Tom Perriello waits during Friday prayers to speak at the ADAMS Center in Sterling on Friday, March 17. (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)

3 thoughts on “Gubernatorial Candidate Perriello Visits Sterling Mosque

  • 2017-03-17 at 5:04 pm

    Am I reading this correctly? This guy was pushing whisky in a mosque? Classic.

  • 2017-04-26 at 2:35 pm

    Is it the David versus Goliath?
    Corey Stewart versus big daddy warbucks, Gillespie. Gillespie has a advantage in cash of 6 dollars to 1 dollar for Corey Stewart. If recent history here in Virginia tells us anything it tell us money totals do not make the man see Cantor versus Brat. Outside money from Texas is just as bad as outside money from a foreign entity being donated to a campaign don’t you agree? Tell Ed to get a clue cab this is a Virginia race for governor.
    Money can’t buy debates just look at the drubbing handed out by Stewart at Liberty. I felt sorry for Gillespie and his backers afterwards.
    There was a hub bub about Stewart wrapping himself in the Virginia Battle Flag. It’s the heritage and history he is a proponent of. A states rights issue not a locality issue. Given the chance Gillespie will amend his ways and support Stewarts stance on this issue. Flip flopping or seeing the light, either works!
    Why is it Ed only shows up to events hosted by Ed supporters you might ask? See Liberty debate, gosh!
    The numbers gap is closing between the 2 front runners with independents, you know those not represented by a lobbyist breaking for Stewart. Money that Ed has is not a issue they decide their vote over.
    On illegal aliens someone needs to explain the difference between legal immigration and illegals aliens to Ed. Amnesty is not a policy it is surrender. Kick the can and burden the taxpayer with the bills is Ed’s policy I say no way and that is one reason to vote Stewart.
    Gillespie’s tax plan sounds a whole lot like hope and change or you can keep your doctor political speak to me.

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