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Candidate for lt. governor to stump in town

SoVaNow.com / April 29, 2013
One of two Democrats running for lieutenant governor, Virginia Beach State Senator Ralph Northam, will host a “meet and greet” Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Molasses Grill in Halifax.

A U.S. Army veteran, Virginia Military Institute graduate and pediatric neurologist, Northam has served as the state senator for Norfolk, the Eastern Shore, Virginia Beach and Mathews County since 2008.

He is running for the Democratic nomination against Aneesh Chopra, a former Virginia Secretary of Technology and U.S. Chief Technology Officer. Chopra is an Arlington resident.

The Democratic primary is June 11.

As a state senator, Northam has taken the lead on several public health and environmental issues, including his early opposition to lifting Virginia’s ban on uranium mining.

He served eight years on active duty in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of major and treating soldiers injured in Desert Storm.

Upon entering civilian life, Northam began practicing pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk. He also has ten years of volunteer services as Medical Director for the Edmarc Hospice for Children in Portsmouth.

Northam lives in Norfolk with his wife Pam, an elementary school science teacher. They had two children, Wes, who attends Eastern Virginia Medical School and Aubrey, who attends the University of Virginia.

His appearance Wednesday will take place at Molasses Grill, located at 63 S. Main St, Halifax.

Republicans will name their candidate for lieutenant governor at a nomination convention slated May 17-18. Seven candidates are vying to run on the GOP ticket.

Both parties also must chose nominees for attorney general, rounding out the statewide tickets in the Nov. 5 general election. The gubernatorial election will pit Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli against former Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

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