Now consider the current politics: The entire top echelon of Democratic leadership in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly is from Northern Virginia. Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn. House Majority Leader Charniele Herring. Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw. The chairs of the two budget-writing committees — Janet Howell in the Senate and Luke Torian in the House. Two of the state’s top three elected officials — Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring — are both from Northern Virginia. Only Gov. Ralph Northam, a son of the Eastern Shore who most recently lived in Norfolk, is the exception.
Depending on the outcome of the Democratic primary, and the November elections, there might not be any exceptions. In the gubernatorial primary, four of the five candidates are from Northern Virginia, including front-runner Terry McAuliffe. (An asterisk: Jennifer Carroll Foy grew up in Petersburg although she most recently represented Prince William County). Only Jennifer McClellan of Richmond isn’t from Northern Virginia. In the lieutenant governor’s race, Hala Ayala, Mark Levine, Sean Perryman and Xavier Warren all live in Northern Virginia (although Warren grew up in Pittsylvania County). The only two exceptions are Andria McClellan of Norfolk and Sam Rasoul of Roanoke, about whom we shall have more to say later. In the attorney general’s race, incumbent Mark Herring is from Northern Virginia, challenger Jay Jones of Norfolk isn’t. Most of the party’s establishment has endorsed McAuliffe, Ayla and Herring, who would become the state’s first all-Northern Virginia ticket. (Northam backs Jones for attorney general).
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