Democrat Ralph Northam wins lieutenant governor seat
Democrat Ralph S. Northam has won the lieutenant governor seat with 1,167,257 votes to Republican E.W. Jackson’s 946,737 votes.
In Caroline, Northam got 4,226 and Jackson got 3,114. Jackson got the most votes only in the Bowling Green and Lake precincts.
Since his election to the Senate of Virginia in 2007, Northam, a pediatric neurologist, has helped to prohibit smoking in restaurants, protect youth athletes who have sustained concussions, improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay, and shield first responders from communicable diseases.
Northam is a supporter of women’s rights. “Like so many Virginians, I have been troubled by the repeated attempts to restrict women’s reproductive rights, “ he said. “One of the reasons I got into the race was to put an end to this dangerous agenda that undermines women’s health.”
Northam’s campaign highlights these themes: women’s rights; solutions to fix transportation; public safety and national security; promoting health care and public health; energy; environment; and education.
Healthcare coverage for all American is a goal of Notham, according to his website. “Our health care system was broken, and we have made strides in the right direction toward improving access to high quality, affordable health care for all Americans,” he said.
Northam supports equal rights and same-sex marriage. “There is no excuse to discriminate against Virginians based on whom they love or to stigmatize the children of same-sex couples as unequal because their parents cannot marry.”
Northam lists improving jobs and the economy as his top priority. He said that he would work to “create jobs by investing in our workforce.”
On the subjects of energy, environment, and natural resources, Northam said that he “co-sponsored legislation to ban phosphorous, a key nutrient pollutant, from most lawn fertilizers sold in Virginia.”
Northam’s campaign website states that taking care of veterans is another theme; “I will work hard to strengthen the relationships Virginia has with the Armed Services, he said.” He also said that he understands “what the military means to our economy,” and that as a U.S. Army veteran, he also “understands the challenges that our servicemen and women face every day.”
Jackson won the Republican nomination at the party’s primary convention on May 18, 2013, marking the first time in a quarter century that Virginia Republicans nominated an African-American candidate for a statewide post.
Jackson’s campaign supported parental choice in education. According to his website, Jackson believes that ensuring that parents have the right to choose where to send their children to school is the best way to ensure a quality education.
Jackson’s campaign supported the right to bear arms. “This is a fundamental natural right we are born with and no government has the authority to take that away,” Jackson said. “I will not only fight to stop any further efforts to infringe on this right, I will aggressively pursue eliminating the infringements that already exist.”
Jackson opposes Obamacare, calling it a “Federal abuse of power which also violates the First Amendment by forcing individuals, businesses and religious organizations to act against their sincerely held religious beliefs.”
According to his website, Jackson strongly opposes abortions. “It is an act of grave injustice to force citizens to pay for the destruction of unborn babies, whether through state or federal taxes,” he said. In addition, Jackson believes that “all funding for abortion and the organizations that provide them must be halted.”