Future generations will ask what we did at this moment to defend our values and
I'm running for Governor of Virginia because our state must be a firewall
against hate, corruption and an assault on the Virginia values of decency and
progress. That is a wall worth building!
This election is not just about the next four years -- but the next generation.
The next Governor can block the radical redistricting that has held back our
promise and progress. If we hand the system back to the people, together we can
demand better wages, more time with family, paid family leave and better, more
This is a fight to reclaim the politics and policies of our state for the
people and the problem-solvers. You and I can fight together -- and if we stand
strong by our values and refuse to back down, I believe we can win.
Virginia is the state that gave my father, the son of working class immigrants,
a shot at a UVA education and the American Dream. It is the state that
instilled my sense of hope in progress, watching the former confederate capital
elect the nation’s first African-American Governor.
Raised in the shadows of Thomas Jefferson and Barbara Johns, I was taught our
democracy was not an inheritance but a charge we are expected to protect and
expand with each generation.
That Virginia is under threat. The main Republican challengers include the
corporate D.C. lobbyist who wrote the playbook that sold out the middle class
to the highest bidder. His team rigged the district maps to ensure our
legislature reflected his clients instead of our citizens.
The other is a top Trump acolyte who sows fear and racial hatred, denies
climate change and stoked the war on women.
I am proud that Virginians have rejected these values again and again -- and
we’ll do it again this year, together. I know how to fight, and I know how to
win. With your help, Virginia will continue its tradition of being a leading
force for the sanctity of our social contract, our democracy and our common
I'll be hitting the road in the coming weeks -- from Arlington to Abingdon,
from Harrisonburg to Hampton -- to offer up ideas, but more importantly, to
listen to yours. I hope to see you on the trail.
(January 4, 2017)