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Lt. Governor Candidate Chopra Aims to Provide 'Fresh Perspective'

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Tuesday is primary election day for Virginia Democrats. Charlottesville will see a City council race narrowed, but state-wide there are two big races - including the run for lieutenant governor.

This is a very important race, because whichever party wins lieutenant governor controls the tie-breaking vote in an equally divided Senate. That's why Democrats want to nominate the person they think has the best chance of winning in November.

Aneesh Chopra says he is that candidate. Chopra has worked in Richmond before as a member of former Governor Tim Kaine's cabinet. Now he's eyeing his return in a different capacity. Chopra's resume is impressive. After a decade in the private sector, he served as Virginia's secretary of technology, then as the first U.S. chief technology officer under President Obama.

Unlike his primary opponent, Senator Ralph Northam, he's never held elected office, but Chopra says that gives him a fresh perspective.

"I've been all about bringing new ideas to government, that's been my background for the last six years in public life. That's the kind of experience that will allow Virginians to have a government that will strengthen the economy and make it work better for the middle class," said Chopra.

He's running on a platform of bringing new ideas to Richmond with the goal of creating more jobs.

"Great organizations aren't great because they just chest thump about how great they are. They stay focused on that which made them great, and then constantly improve by bringing in new ideas to make a difference," said Chopra.

And Chopra says he'll keep his office independently focused on economic goals.

"As lieutenant governor I do not need a permission slip from the governor or the legislature to work with communities who want to welcome the president's challenge to put new ideas forward," said Chopra.

Chopra also says, if elected, he wants to do a better job of facilitating communication between federal, state, and local governments to create more economic opportunities.

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