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Virginians who want a voice can help choose the Democratic candidates, anyway.
Monday, June 10, 2013
A reminder: Tuesday is a statewide primary election day in Virginia — not the big show, and no top stars on the bill. But the results will determine the Democratic candidates lower on the ballot for statewide offices, with gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe at the top.
While McAuliffe got the party nod by default — no one else filed — both the lieutenant governor and attorney general nominations are contested. And, since Virginia does not register voters by party, any can cast a ballot and have a voice in which Democrats get to run.
Some might argue that honor ought to keep away voters who aren’t firmly committed to the party in such internal decisions. But that is nonsense.
Republicans foreclosed the option with a convention. But Virginians who want the best possible Democratic candidates in November can weigh in.
Aneesh Chopra and state Sen. Ralph Northam are vying for the lieutenant governor’s nomination.
Chopra was Virginia’s secretary of technology under Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine, and was appointed by President Obama as the nation’s first chief technology officer, a post he left when he decided to seek elective office.
Northam is a pediatric neurologist first elected to the state Senate in 2007. Two years later, he was chief sponsor of successful legislation to ban smoking in Virginia’s restaurants.
Two candidates from Northern Virginia are seeking the attorney general nomination: Justin Fairfax is a former federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Virginia. State Sen. Mark Herring is a Loudoun County lawyer.
Both decry how Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli politicized the office. They’re right.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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