2021 Virginia Gubernatorial Election

Upcoming Elections

June 8th Democratic Primary

Last day to register is May 17th

Early voting begins April 23rd, ends June 5th

May 8th Republican Convention

November 2nd General Election

Last day to register is October 11th

September 18th early voting begins, ends October 30th

This year there will be elections for the Governor of Virginia. The current governor Northam is unable to run for reelection due to term limits. During the summer, both Republican and Democratic conventions/primaries will take place, while the General election will happen on November 2.

Republican Convention

On May 8, seven republican candidates will be running. Commentary and discussion has mainly focused on the candidates Amanda Chase, Kirk Cox, Pete Snyder, and Glenn Youngkin.

Amanda Chase

Campaign Site: https://chaseforva.com/

Chase has been a part of the Virginia Senate since 2016, for the 11th district. She fights for lower taxes and fees on people, the defense of the second amendment, and other issues. In response to the storming of the Capitol building, she called the individuals “not rioters and looters, these were patriots who love their country and do not want to see our great republic turned into a socialist country.” Ultimately, due to these responses and her lackluster apology to the senate floor, Chase was censured on a 24–9 vote.

Kirk Cox

Campaign Site: https://kirkcox.com/

Kirk Cox currently serves in the Virginia House of Delegates, which he has been since 1990. Reflecting his political views, Cox’s campaign has created different coalitions, such as “Second Amendment Defenders for Kirk” regarding gun rights, “Partnership for a Safe Virginia” regarding law enforcement and public safety, and “Believers for Kirk” regarding pro-life policies.

Peter Doran

Campaign Site: https://www.peterdoran.org/

The former President & CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), in which “he spent his career helping former Soviet Bloc countries rebuild their societies after the ravages of socialism”. He is the author of “Breaking Rockefeller.” He is working to make Virginia better with schools, safety, and jobs.

Octavia L. Johnson

Campaign Site: https://octaviajohnson.com/

She served 26 years as a Deputy Sheriff at the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office. She then served as Sheriff of Roanoke City from 2006 to 2013. “I am running for Governor of Virginia because there is a deep need for change. It is time for the whole state of Virginia to THRIVE. Together we can make a TANGIBLE difference.”

Pete Snyder

Campaign Site: https://petesnyder.com/

Snyder chaired Mitt Romney’s (R) 2012 presidential campaign in Virginia and ran in the state’s 2013 Republican convention for lieutenant governor. Snyder often speaks of his background as an entrepreneur and business owner, as the founder and former chief executive officer of New Media Strategies (NMS), a social media marketing agency that he started in 1999. He also founded Disruptor Capital, an investment firm focused on disruptive technologies and start-ups. He seeks to cut taxes, reform education, defend the second amendment, and stop “the radical abortion industry.”

Glenn Youngkin

Campaign Site: https://www.youngkinforgovernor.com/

Youngkin has previously worked as the co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, an investment firm. According to his website, ”I’m not a politician. I’m a homegrown Virginian and I’ve spent the last 30 years raising my family, serving in our church, building business and creating jobs. I’m guided by my faith, conservative values, and an unshakeable belief that Virginia should be the best.”

Sergio de la Peña

Campaign Site: https://www.sergiodelapena.com/

According to his website, “I was born with nothing in a home with dirt floors and no running water. I graduated college on an ROTC scholarship and served three decades in the military, because this is the greatest country in the world. I campaigned for Trump in 2016 and 2020, and the administration tapped me to help run the Western Hemisphere. I’ve seen firsthand the horrors of socialism and understand we must stop the far-left from turning Virginia socialist. Let them try and cancel me.”

Democratic Primary

On June 8, five candidates will be running. This is the largest number of democratic candidates in the state’s history.

Lee Carter

Campaign Site: https://carterforvirginia.com/

Carter has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2018. He’s the only candidate proposing a statewide universal healthcare system, banning all corporate campaign contributions, and disconnecting school funding from local property tax revenues.

Justin Fairfax

Campaign Site: https://justinfairfax.com/

Fairfax is the current Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. He wishes to push justice reform, easy access to education, affordable healthcare, and secure housing for Virginians.

Jennifer Foy

Campaign Site: https://jennifercarrollfoy.com/

Foy was a member of the House of Delegates from 2018 – 2020. Prior to this, she was a public defender and magistrate judge. Foy received endorsements from Clean Virginia, the Working Families Party, and three members of the General Assembly. “I have the solutions to build a better Virginia because your struggles have been my struggles. I know what it’s like to grow up in a world where I wasn’t supposed to succeed. It’s time to listen to those who’ve never been listened to before and deliver real results.”

Terry McAuliffe

Campaign Site: https://terrymcauliffe.com/

McAuliffe was the governor of Virginia from 2014 – 2018, prior to Governor Northam. He also chaired the DNC from 2001 to 2005 and was the national chair of Hillary Clinton’s (D) 2008 presidential campaign. He wishes to focus on COVID-19 recovery efforts, education, and jobs/economy. He hopes to continue advocating for Democratic values as Governor, like he did during his previous term. He has received endorsements from incumbent Gov. Ralph Northam (D), U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and 34 members of the General Assembly.

Jennifer McClellan

Campaign Site: https://www.jennifermcclellan.com/

McClellan is currently a Virginia senator since 2017, and was in the House of Representatives prior to that, from 2006 to 2017. McClellan received endorsements from New Virginia Majority, Care in Action, and twelve members of the General Assembly. According to her website, “She has been a driving force for progressive change in Virginia, leading the passage of landmark laws to invest in education, grow small business, expand access to health care, ban discrimination and inequity, safeguard workers’ rights and voting rights, reform the criminal justice system, protect a woman’s right to choose, and tackle climate change.”

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