2021 Democratic Candidates for VA Lt. Governor

Hala Ayala
State Delegate 2018-present
In representing Virginia's 51st District (Prince William County), Hala has made good on her campaign promises -- voting to expand Medicaid for 400,000 Virginians, raising teacher pay, passing the Equal Rights Amendment in VA, and expanding background checks to keep guns out of dangerous hands. For over 20 years she has worked as a cybersecurity specialist with the Department of Homeland Security. In 2017, Hala helped to organize the first Women's March in Washington, DC. The daughter of immigrants, Hala views the diversity of Virginians as an important asset in planning for the Commonwealth's future.
Paul Goldman
On the leading edge of Virginia politics for decades, Paul ran the groundbreaking campaigns of Governor Doug Wilder, Virginia's first Black governor, and he also served as the chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party in the 1990s. A little over a year ago, in 2019, Paul led a successful battle to increase funding to improve Richmond's Public Schools, many of which were in terrible physical condition, unsafe, and unsanitary. Paul states that besides "helping break America's four-hundred-year-old color barrier and the birth of his son," his proudest achievement has been helping to move Richmond closer to realizing Dr. King's dream of providing equal educational opportunity to every American child. Along the way -- inside and outside the halls of power in Virginia -- Paul has been an uncompromising fighter for racial justice, women's rights, voting rights, low-wage workers' rights, and environmental justice.
Elizabeth Guzman
State Delegate (2018-2020)
Elizabeth represents portions of Prince William and Fauquier Counties in Richmond. An immigrant to the US, she worked three jobs while attending school, eventually earning two master's degrees, one in public administration and the other in social work. Elected to the legislature in 2017, Elizabeth served as Chair of her Freshman Class, leading the fight for progressive priorities, including giving teachers across the Commonwealth a raise, holding corporate polluters accountable, and helping to make Medicaid Expansion a reality. She is committed to making herself accessible to every constituent, regardless of party affiliation. Elizabeth believes that working families deserve a Lt. Governor who will advocate for an economy that works for everyone, and not just big business.
Andria McClellan
Norfolk City Council Member (2017-present)
Andria started in politics as a precinct captain, canvassing and phone banking for Obama in 2008. She served as Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of VA from 2014-2015. In 2016, Andria ran and won her race for Norfolk City Council against a 16-year incumbent. Andria grew up in Virginia Beach and graduated at the top of her class from Green Run High. She graduated from UVA, and then worked for two Fortune 500 companies. She played a leading role in two start-up ventures, one in manufacturing and the other in technology. Then-Governor Mark Warner appointed her chair of the VA Small Business Advisory Board. She currently serves on the boards of "757 Angels" and "757 Accelerate," though which she mentors startup companies. Andria led the effort to create a five-city 110-mile broadband fiber ring that will create access to the fastest internet speeds on the east coast, increase competition and lower internet prices for our citizens, institutions and businesses. She is working to to create the region's smart city infrastructure as well as the region's first Climate Action Plan to mitigate the effects of climate change in Norfolk.
Sean Perryman
Sean is the youngest president in the 102-year history of the Fairfax County NAACP--the largest chapter in VA. In this role, he was active in addressing issues of racism in Virginia Public Schools. He led the advocacy effort aimed at renaming the Robert E. Lee High in Springfield, the "John R. Lewis High School." He also has worked to develop solutions to the school-to-prison pipeline, affordable housing, and worker protections during the coronavirus pandemic. Sean also is an author and public speaker on issues of race, equity, and police and justice reform. He supports the legalization of cannabis to increase tax revenue for the Commonwealth to help pay for early childhood education. Sean graduated from Vanderbilt University, and served as counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee, under the direction of Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD). In 2018, Sean was hired as the first director of Social Impact and Diversity Inclusion at the Internet Association, where he assumed responsibility for guiding policymaking at the state and federal level on issues concerning diversity and inclusion, artificial intelligence, immigration, and all matters related to the sharing (gig) economy.
Sam Rasoul
State Delegate (2014-present)
Sam grew up in Roanoke Valley after his family left war-torn Palestine in the late 1960's to establish a better life. Sam graduated from Roanoke College and earned a master's degree in Hawaii. Then he worked for a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care for seniors, mothers and children. After he was elected to the House of Delegates in 2014, Sam founded the Impact Center Initiative, which educates political leaders and potential leaders on new, more positive and inclusive approaches to engaging in politics. Sam supports increased internet broadband access, policies to assist working moms (“a Virginia Marshall Plan for Moms”), and policies to assist senior citizens -- including lowering the cost of prescription drugs and expanding the caregiving workforce to meet demand as our population ages.
Xavier Warren
Arlington Business Leader
Xavier Warren is a sports agent and owns a small federal grants business in Arlington. He sees his experience, building a business from the ground up, as critical preparation for handling the Commonwealth's economic challenges amid COVID. According to Xavier, given the hardships imposed by the pandemic, the primary role of government should be to lead Virginia's economic recovery. And he sees the role of the Lt. Governor as doing everything possible to ensure that every person in Virginia is able find a job that pays a livable wage. Born in Danville, and raised in Pittsylvania County, Xavier graduated Hampton University and then completed a master's degree at Georgetown.
Mark Levine
Mark was first elected in 2015 to represent the people of VA's 45th District (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax). Mark grew up in Tennessee, earned an economics degree at Harvard University, and graduated from Yale Law School. He worked briefly as a Nazi hunter, a Jewish historian, and an inner-city school teacher before becoming a trial attorney in Los Angeles. In December 2000, Mark was hired by the Congressional Black Caucus to challenge Bush’s Florida electors, when the US Supreme Court refused to allow Florida’s ballots to be counted. Mark then moved to Alexandria, VA, to work for Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank as his legislative counsel, where he handled Judiciary, Financial Services, and Homeland Security matters. In 2010, Mark wrote the bill that became DC’s Marriage Law for same-sex couples and defended it in court. In the House of Delegates, Mark formed the VA Transparency Caucus and persuaded the General Assembly to livestream and archive all of its committee proceedings and to record all of its votes. His legislative record includes measures to help workers; to prevent domestic abuse, sexual violence, and gun violence; to promote racial justice, LGBTQ+ civil rights, and election reform; and to mitigate climate change.