Alex Scruggs | News Editor
Ralph Northam and Ed Gillespie won their respective party nominations for governor after Virginia’s primary election yesterday. Both candidates will go to run against each other for the Nov. 7 gubernatorial election.
Democratic current Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam beat his opponent, former Congressman Tom Perriello, by over 11 percent of the vote according to the New York Times. Before the primary, Northam had received endorsements from several prominent VA democrats including Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. His platform includes women’s rights, social justice and Medicare expansion.
Republican Gillespie had a tighter race than Northam. He beat out Corey Stewart for the party nomination by just over one percent, according to the New York Times. Gillespie, a former consultant to President George W. Bush, holds the “repeal and replace” plan for Obamacare in high esteem. He is also a passionate pro-life advocate.
Candidates for Lieutenant Governor were also chosen during yesterday’s primary election. Democrat Justin Fairfax and Republican Jill Vogel won their party nominations, respectively.
Fairfax is a former U.S. attorney for VA. His platform includes the growth of small business and an increase in the minimum wage.
Vogel, a VA state senator, runs on a platform focused on reducing taxes and increased states’ rights.
Several House of Delegates seats were decided during yesterday’s election as well, including district 89, which is adjacent to ODU. This was a democratic race only. Local attorney Jerrauld “Jay” Jones beat out current Norfolk NAACP President Joe Dillard, and will go on to represent the district in Richmond.
Finally, Greg Underwood won the Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney election, making this his third term in the position. He beat out candidates Ron Batliner and S.W. Dawson.