This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.
YES YES YES! As of 9:45 pm EST on November 7, 2017, with 98 percent of the vote recorded, Democrat Ralph Northam held 53.4 percent of the vote to Republican Ed Gillespie’s 45.4 percent. HOORAY!
Original text of the ‘Support Ralph Northam’ post follows:
Support Democrat Ralph Northam’s run for governor of Virginia. The election takes place on November 7, 2017.
In addition to spotlighting five Virginia state-level candidates chosen by Flippable for the upcoming race in November, we at OTYCD are also devoting posts to six candidates chosen by 314 Action whose races fall in 2017. 314 Action is an organization that boosts hopefuls who have STEM backgrounds.
Northam is the sitting Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, under Tim Kaine. He was a Virginia state senator from 2008 to 2014. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and Eastern Virginia Medical School. He became a pediatric neurologist. He also served as an Army doctor in Germany in the 1990s. He cares for terminally ill children as a volunteer medical director Edmarc Hospice for Children, a local facility.
Northam wants to strengthen the state’s public schools through adding universal pre-K, raising the salaries of public school teachers, and other measures. He would vigorously defend reproductive rights from Republican efforts to curtail them. He notes climate change as a separate health concern on his web site, noting its effects on respiratory illnesses. He supports common-sense legislation on guns. His Justice and Equality page specifically notes that people of color have been treated differently from whites, and he would strive to make the justice system fairer by reforming drug laws and ceasing the practice of suspending the drivers’ licenses of people who can’t pay court costs.
Northam has the endorsements of sitting Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, state Attorney General Mark Herring, the Democratic caucuses of both Virginia legislative houses, NARAL, and the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, among others. He endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.
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