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 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 500,000 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 "Jenn" 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, Jenn has taken on the NRA and fought for common sense measures to reduce gun violence. She had 10 bills passed in the last General Assembly, including her bill to reform the criminal justice system in ways that will better address the needs of individuals suffering with mental illness, autism, or intellectual/developmental disabilities. She also led the fight for passage of the Senate version of the Voting Rights Act of Virginia. 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 all 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 reduce the financial burden on families, reform our juvenile justice system, expand access to healthcare, and defend every Virginian's 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)
Former Governor Terry McAuliffe started his first business -- sealing driveways and parking lots -- when he was 14 years old. He went on to earn millions as a real estate developer, hotel owner and internet venture capitalist. As VA Governor from 2014 to 2018, 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.
Lee Carter
Lee Carter has served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 2018. Prior to being elected to public office, Lee served as U.S. Marine during the first phase of America's "Global War on Terror," following the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on our country. Lee completed tours in Middle East and Mediterranean countries. His professional experience includes working in information technology and repairing cancer-therapy equipment. As a Delegate, Lee voted to expand Medicaid and introduced and passed into law a $50/month cap on insulin co-payments. Lee supports LGBT rights, green energy initiatives, public financing of elections, and a women’s right to choose. Lee refuses contributions from fossil-fuel industries and from all for-profit entities including corporate donors. In addition to the race for Governor, Lee also is running for re-election to House District 50.