JUNE 13 PRIMARY. Virginia candidate for Lt. Governor and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Fairfax has won the endorsement of longtime former State Senator and freshman Congressman Don McEachin (D-VA). This is Fairfax’s second congressional endorsement. Congressman Gerry Connolly endorsed Fairfax for Lt. Governor on April 2.
Fairfax is the only African American running statewide this year.
CONGRESSMAN DONALD McEACHIN ENDORSES JUSTIN FAIRFAX FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA
ARLINGTON, Virginia — Today, Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia is proud to announce the endorsement of Congressman Donald McEachin. Since his election in 2016, Congressman McEachin has represented Virginia’s 4th Congressional District, which includes all of the counties of Charles City, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Prince George, Southampton, Surry, and Sussex, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond, as well as parts of the counties of Chesterfield and Henrico and the cities of Chesapeake and Suffolk.
Congressman Donald McEachin issued the following statement:
“I wholeheartedly endorse Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor, in both the primary and general elections.
The 4th District includes urban, suburban and rural communities. All Virginians will benefit from the priorities that Justin will bring to the office of Lieutenant Governor: bringing economic security to working people, protecting reproductive and healthcare rights, and ensuring that our Commonwealth is a place where everyone is welcome and nobody is denied the chance to live the American dream.
Justin Fairfax will be a Lieutenant Governor of whom we can be proud. I urge Virginians to join me in voting for him on June 13.”
Upon receiving the endorsement of Congressman McEachin, Justin Fairfax gave this statement:
“I am honored that my candidacy for Lieutenant Governor has the support of Congressman Donald McEachin, who previously served as Democratic Caucus Chair in the Virginia Senate and as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Congressman McEachin is also widely respected for his long and successful career as a litigator.”
Justin Fairfax has been endorsed by over 100 elected officials, party leaders, and Democratic activists from throughout Virginia and additional endorsements will continue to be announced ahead of the June 13th primary election.
In 2013, Fairfax was a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He earned more than 48% of the statewide primary vote and the endorsement of The Washington Post, which cited his “agile and impressive command of the issues” and his “prosecutor’s passion for justice.” In that election – his first ever run for public office – Fairfax earned more than 68,000 votes and lost by less than 2 votes per precinct statewide. In 2014, Mr. Fairfax served as Co-Chair of Virginia Senator Mark Warner’s successful reelection campaign. He currently serves as a litigator in the Tysons Corner, VA office of the law firm Venable LLP.
Fairfax previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in the Major Crimes and Narcotics Unit of the Alexandria Division. Justin is a graduate of Duke University and Columbia Law School. Justin’s wife, Dr. Cerina W. Fairfax, DDS, is a graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in Richmond, Virginia and Duke University. Justin and Cerina have one son, Cameron, and one daughter, Carys. They live in Northern Virginia where they own a thriving family dental practice.