RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Justin Fairfax, an attorney from northern Virginia, has won the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.
Fairfax beat longtime party activist and former lobbyist Susan Platt and former federal prosecutor Gene Rossi in Tuesday's primary.
Fairfax has never held public office. He has said he would be focused on creating economic opportunity and security for the middle class by helping small businesses thrive and expanding workforce development.
Thank you Virginia! We're the match that will spark a progressive wildfire that spreads across the country. This is just the beginning.— Justin Fairfax (@fairfaxforlg) June 14, 2017
Fairfax will run against Republican Jill Vogel, an attorney and state senator from northern Virginia, has won her party's nomination for lieutenant governor.
Vogel beat fellow state Sen. Bryce Reeves and state Del. Glenn Davis in Tuesday's primary. In November, she will Justin Fairfax, an attorney from northern Virginia, who won the Democratic nomination.
Vogel is a former attorney for the Republican National Committee who advises clients on political election law and other issues. She's said her top priorities would be creating jobs and making Virginia more economically competitive. She's also called for a ban on gifts to politicians and redistricting reform.
If elected, Vogel would be the first woman to serve as lieutenant governor and would also end Virginia's more than two-decade streak without a woman in statewide elected office.
Lieutenant governor is a part-time, largely ceremonial job that involves presiding over the state Senate and breaking tied votes. It's often a stepping stone to higher office.
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