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. 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. Just 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 his work in moving Richmond closer to realizing Dr. King's dream of providing equal educational opportunity to every American child. Along the way, Paul has been an uncompromising defender inside and outside the halls of power for racial justice, women's rights and voting rights, workers, the environment, and the poor.
Elizabeth Guzman
State Delegate (2018-2020)
Elizabeth represents portions of Prince William and Farquier Counties in Richmond. An immigrant to the US, she worked three jobs and worked her way through 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, regarding of party affiliation. Elizabeth believes that working families deserve a Lt. Govenor 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 top of class from Green Run High, then attending UVA before working 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. She led the effort to create a five-city 110-mile broadband fiber ring that will create access to the fastest internet speeds on the set coast, increase competition and lower internet prices for our citizens, institutions and businesses. She created the region's first Climate Action Plan to address climate change mitigation 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 he advocacy effort toward 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 the 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 he served as counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee, under the direction of Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD).
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.
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 simply 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.