VA Politics: Lt. Gov. Candidate Justin Fairfax Raises $480,000 in 2016

VA Politics: Lt. Gov. Candidate Justin Fairfax Raises $480,000 in 2016


Attorney Justin Fairfax, who is likely to be the only African American running a statewide race in 2017, raised an impressive $480,000 from 1,100 donors in 2016.

Fairfax, who is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, is running for Lt. Governor of Virginia in 2017. The primary is in June.  There is currently no one who is likely to compete with Fairfax running against him and he is on track to become the Democratic nominee.

Yesterday, former progressive Congressman Tom Perriello made a surprise entry into the race for Virginia’s Governor and will go up against the current Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.  If Fairfax is joined on the Democratic ticket by Perriello for 2017 it’s clear that new faces and new politics will be the theme of 2017 for Virginia’s Democrats.

Fairfax is hosting a Northern Virginia campaign kickoff on Saturday, January 7th.


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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke