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Lt. Gov. Candidate Northam: ‘I Know How to Get Things Done’

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Ralph Northam is one of the two men vying for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. Northam, who represents the 6th Senate District in Hampton Roads, is a pediatric neurologist and a six-year veteran in the state Senate. He says it's his experience on the Senate floor that sets him apart. 

Northam knows the state Senate well. Now he's hoping to land the job where's he's running the show. The lieutenant governor holds the second-highest office in Virginia, and oversees the state Senate. That's why Northam thinks he's a good fit. 

"I've been there for six years and I know how to get things done," he said. 

Northam is running against Aneesh Chopra, who has never served in elected office, and says his experience and relationships in the Senate set him apart. 

"It's very important for one who's going to preside over the Senate to understand the Senate rules, to have the relationships which I have in the Senate, and to really know how to move policy forward," Northam said. 

And when it comes to moving policy forward, the lieutenant governor's post is important. There is a 20-20 tie between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, and the lieutenant governor casts the tie-breaking vote. That means whichever party has the LG's gavel controls the Senate. 

"If you look over the last two years, there have been over 50 ties, and all but of them went in the direction of the Republicans," Northam said. 

Northam says he wants the tie-breaking vote to help change the conversation in Richmond. 

"There are so many other priorities for the commonwealth, such as transportation, education, and healthcare. And you know, I have experience in those, and that's what we need to focus on in Virginia," he said.

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