All politics is local, as the saying goes. And the Governor has more to do with our day-to-day lives than the President or Congress. We have 3 candidates in the Republican primary race, 2 Democrats, and 1 Libertarian. And yes, we have a 3rd party on the ballot and needs more attention and analysis than our broken 2-party system. It was a close race in 2013 with Ken Cuccinelli getting 45% to Terry McAuliffes 47%.
Senator Frank Wagner (Virginia Beach)
State Senator from Virginias 7th District; NAVY veteran and small-business owner.
Ed Gillespie (Mclean; DC)
Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee. A beltway consultant and lobbyist who has the lead in the party and statewide polls. He has a considerable fundraising and cash-on-hand lead on the other 2 candidates.
Corey Stewart (Prince William County)
4th term Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. Lawyer and former Chairman of Trump for Virginia.
Ralph Northam (Norfolk; Richmond)
Current Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and former State Senator from the 6th District. Army veteran and doctor. Gigantic fundraising and cash-on-hand in the Democratic primary.
Tom Perriello (Charlottesville)
Newest candidate in the race and former 5th District Congressional Represtative (thats us here in Martinsville/Henry County).
Cliff Hyra (Reston)
The candidate from the largest 3rd party in Virginia. A lawyer in intellectual property from up north. He has a fundraising lag being younger and not having much, if any, name recognition in Virginia. Let see if he can match or beat Robert Sarvis's 6.5% effort for the Libertarians in 2013.
This is race America is watching. We are 1 of 2 states (New Jersey) with a Governors race this year, and by far the most interesting and impactful. In Virginia, no Governor can run in succesive terms so McAuliffe is obviously out. I want to see what you guys think on this race and the candidates. I have a candidate I am firmly in support of but I will cast my "endorsement" after some discussion! Jump in fellas!