Democratic Party of Virginia
RICHMOND -- Yesterday afternoon the Democratic Party of Virginia informed the Virginia State Board of Elections that it has certified the petition signatures submitted by all five statewide campaigns. Terry McAuliffe is the only candidate who qualified for the 2013 gubernatorial primary ballot and becomes the Democratic nominee for Governor. Senator Ralph Northam and Aneesh Chopra qualified to be Democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor and Senator Mark Herring and Justin Fairfax qualified to be Democratic candidates for Attorney General. All move on to the June 11th primary.
"We believe that this is the most signatures any candidate has collected for Governor in Virginia history," said DPVA Chair Charniele Herring. "The momentum from volunteers and outpouring of support across the Commonwealth is a true sign of the energy behind Terry McAuliffe's campaign.
"Virginians deserve a Governor who will focus on mainstream ideas to make Virginia better for business, not implementing his own divisive ideological agenda."
Office of Terry McAuliffe
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe released the following statement after the Democratic Party of Virginia certified him as the official Democratic nominee for Governor:
"I am grateful for the support of Virginians from all parties and from every corner of Virginia. This is thanks to the roughly five hundred volunteers who carried petitions to all corners of the Commonwealth to help me get on the ballot. With their help, I will continue to work tirelessly to spread our message of finding mainstream ideas to make Virginia the best for business. Together, we can continue to find bipartisan solutions to build on the progress of the transportation compromise that will help Virginia overcome the extreme gridlock that has plagued our roads and our government for far too long."