2021 Democratic Candidates for VA Governor

Jennifer Carroll-Foy
State Delegate (2018-2020)
Jennifer is one of the first African-American women to graduate from Virginia Military Institute. She served as a State Delegate from 2006-2017, and in the Virginia Senate from 2017 to the present. Jennifer also has experience extensive legal experience as a magistrate judge and a public defender. During her time in the legislature Jennifer led Virginia’s effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, passed legislation to combat Virginia’s teacher shortage, and proudly supported the successful fight to expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians. She is a proud mother to twin two-year-olds, and wife to her husband Jeff, who she met her first week at VMI.
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Jennifer McClellan
State Delegate (2006-2017); State Senator 2017-present)
Jennifer McClellan has been longtime community leader in Virginia, including more than 14 years of service in the legislature driving change and leading the fight for a more equitable and progressive Commonwealth. As a legislator, Jennifer McClellan has taken on the NRA and fought for common sense measures to reduce gun violence. As the Commonwealth recovers from the pandemic crisis and the longstanding problem of racial inequity, Jenn is running for Governor to build a brighter future for Virginia families.
Justin Fairfax
Lt. Governor (2018-present)
Justin has worked in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, gaining insight into how government can help solve the challenges facing Virginia's families. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Justin saw the power that law enforcement can have to keep communities safe, while lifting up communities and lives. As Governor, Justin promises to work every day to expand access to capital for small businesses, restructure student loan debt to lower the burden on families, reform our juvenile justice system, expand access to healthcare, and defend our constitutional rights. "Together, we’ll make our Commonwealth an even better place to live, work, raise a family, pursue a high-quality education and career, and grow a business."
Terry McAuliffe
VA Governor (2014-2018)
As Governor, Terry focused on building a 21st Century economy that created good jobs and expanded economic opportunity for all Virginians, bringing 200,000 good paying jobs to the Commonwealth, driving unemployment down, and raising personal income over 13%. By investing in workforce development and infrastructure, he laid the groundwork for Virginia to be a national leader in clean energy, and helped build a solid cyber ecosystem in the State. Fighting the Republican-led legislature, he successfully securing a record $1 billion investment in education and expanded preschool to thousands of Virginia children. He also fought extreme Republican attacks on women’s health care rights, keeping open every women’s health clinic in the Commonwealth and vetoing all anti-women’s rights legislation. In 2013, Terry campaigned proudly on his support for marriage equality. One of his proudest accomplishments was reversing a racist Jim Crow law that disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of Virginians. Thanks to his efforts, more than 200,000 Virginians have had their voting rights restored.