Of the. Lee Carter (D-50e) made it official: he is running for governor this year.
Carter, who currently represents Manassas and part of Prince William County in the state House of Delegates, said in a new statement he was joining the crowded field of Democratic candidates in giving the Virginians a choice.
“For too long we have listened to career politicians and experts tell us there is no other way,” he said. “But no more. In this primary, we can finally choose a governor who will fight for the rest of us.
Carter will face former Governor Terry McAuliffe, Prince William Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-2nd), Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax and Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-9th) in the Democratic primary.
“For teachers and nurses. For shipbuilders and students struggling to afford their tuition fees. For everyone with a stack of bills on the kitchen table awaiting payment. I’m running for governor so the rest of us can finally get what we need and deserve, ”his statement said.
Carter, a self-proclaimed socialist, represents the most left wing of the state’s Democratic Party and has at times been militant in Richmond and online in his support for labor rights, universal health care, protection of the environment and taxes on the rich. Its legislative record, however, has been mixed. In the 2020 session, along with three other lawmakers, Carter sponsored a bill that succeeded in banning strip searches of minors while visiting someone in prison. Other bills he sponsored, such as one that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana or one that would have allowed some officials to strike, were either upheld in the next session or failed. been removed from the committee.
Carter won his first race in 2017, knocking out six-term Republican incumbent and House Majority Whip Jackson Miller by nearly nine points. Two years later, he withstood the challenges of two Manassas city council members, defeating Democrat Mark Wolfe first in the primaries and then Republican Ian Lovejoy in the general election.
In an interview with InsideNoVA last month, he said he has challenged conventional political wisdom since entering the field.
“People want change, people need big change, and large-scale fundamental change is possible. … It’s not all the time that the change of the magnitude we need is possible, but it is possible now and we just can’t let this moment slip away, ”Carter said.