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Chopra (20,630), Northam (14,703) Campaigns Hand in Petition Signatures

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I just received press releases from both the Aneesh Chopra (on the front) and Ralph Northam (on the "flip") for LG campaigns. Congratulations to both candidates for getting on the Democratic primary ballot, and particularly to Aneesh Chopra for his impressive haul of 20,000+ signatures (more than twice the 10k required). According to the Virginia State Board of Elections, today is the first day candidates can submit petition signatures; the last day is March 28 (at 5 pm). Also worth noting is that the State Board of Elections recommends that candidates get at least 15,000 total signatures and 700 for each CD.

 
Chopra submits 20,630 signatures for ballot access
Strong grassroots organization yields more than twice the number of signatures required
 
Richmond, VA – Today, Aneesh Chopra's campaign for Virginia Lieutenant Governor submitted more than 20,630 petition signatures to qualify for ballot access in the June Democratic Primary. The minimum number of signatures required to appear on the ballot is 10,000. Chopra's campaign also surpassed the requirement of at least 400 signatures from each of the Commonwealth's 11 congressional districts.
 
"This is a credit to the grassroots network that drives this campaign," Chopra said upon delivering his petition signatures. "This is just one step along the road to victory, but I am incredibly proud of our efforts across the Commonwealth. Today wouldn't be possible without our dedicated and hardworking supporters and volunteers."
 
"I decided to run for Lieutenant Governor because I firmly believe that our state government can be smarter, faster, better, and fairer for all Virginians. This is a message that is resonating across the Commonwealth, and I look forward to engaging with more Virginians on it in the coming months."

Northam for Lt. Governor

Dear Lowell, 

Today, I am honored to submit 14,703 signatures with the Board of Elections to secure my spot on the Democratic ballot—that is 4,703 more than the necessary number.  More importantly, they come from across the Commonwealth.  We have at least 700 in each of our 11 Congressional districts with thousands of signatures coming from Northern Virginia.

As I think about what it takes to reach this lofty goal, I am truly humbled by your support and your volunteerism.

Collecting 14,703 signatures across the Commonwealth can only mean one thing:  Voters want a new direction in Richmond.  They want a fighter who will stand up for women’s health and against an Attorney General who refuses to acknowledge fact-based medicine.  People are tired of new voter suppression laws intended to discriminate against those who need a voice in government the most.  They want a champion for children who understands that a great education and healthy upbringing will produce the future leaders of our Commonwealth and the backbone of our economy.  That is why I am running for Lieutenant Governor.

Once again, thank you.  Lets keep the momentum going.

Ralph Northam | Democrat for Lt. Governor

  • churchlanddem

    But I hope Ralph Northam is the nominee. I think it would be helpful to have someone from here in Hampton Roads instead of a guy from McLean, a guy from Arlington, and a guy from Ashburn. Dr. Northam already has a lot going for him and the fact that he represents Norfolk and the Eastern Shore is a bonus.

  • kindler

    I will say that I’d like Northam to explain his sympathy for the hybrid tax, which is one of the dumbest policies to come out of a state famous for dumb policies:

    “Northam says he’s “a little bit disappointed” in the $100 fee on hybrid vehicles, but understands the argument on the other side.”  

    So maybe he can explain why so many other states are using tax policy to favor alternative fuel vehicles, while Virginia is using tax policy to punish them.