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Glass ceiling on statewide offices remains for Black women

Four Black women have entered the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial race. If elected, the commonwealth would become the first state with a Black female governor.
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RICHMOND, Va. — Four Black women have entered the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial race. 

If elected, the commonwealth would become the first state with a Black female governor.  

Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, and former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-Prince William, are competing for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. 

Former Roanoke City Sheriff Octavia Johnson is seeking the Republican nomination. 

Independent activist and educator Princess Blanding is running for the new Liberation Party, which she helped establish last year.