(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said that Chopra would be at Greenspring in Springfield Wednesday; he will be there on Thursday.)
Aneesh Chopra, one of two Democrats vying to be the next lieutenant governor of Virginia, will make an appearance Wednesday in Lorton. Look for him at 7:30 p.m. at the Lorton Pane e Vino Ristorante e Pizzeria, 9020 Lorton Station Blvd. on Wednesday night.
At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Chopra will address residents of Greenspring, a senior living community in Springfield.
Chopra, who is running in a Democratic primary against state Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk), has $919,815 cash on hand, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. Most of his campaign donors are in-state, but out-of-state donors are giving more to the campaign.
State Sen. George Barker (D-39th) will speak at Greenspring Thursday on behalf of Northam. Northam's chief of staff will address local residents at Pane e Vino.
Chopra lives in Arlington and has a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a master of public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the former chief technology officer at the Commerce Department, and from 2006-2009 served as the fourth Virginia secretary of Technology (appointed by former Gov. Tim Kaine).
More on Chopra's views:
"I fully support marriage equality in Virginia, and as Lt. Governor will support legislation that protects LGBT Virginians from discrimination. I will also fight against any legislation that is discriminatory or protects those who engage in discrimination."
Chopra supports universal background checks and the closing of Virginia's gun show loophole, which allows people to buy guns without such measures. He also favors bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
Chopra, who won a straw poll at Congressman Gerry Connolly's annual St. Patrick's Day fundraiser, was recently endorsed by the congressman.
"Aneesh represents the future of politics in Virginia — where we turn the page on ideological extremism in Richmond and instead focus on making our government work better and smarter," Connolly said in a statement.
The Republican Convention
There are seven Republican candidates vying for lieutenant governor. The candidate will not be chosen in a primary, but instead at the Republican State Convention this week.
The Republican Candidates
- Corey Stewart (chair, Prince William County Board of Supervisors)
- Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-31st)
- Tech businessman Pete Snyder
- State Sen. Steve Martin (R-11th)
- Former State Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis
- Susan Stimpson, chair of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors
- E.W. Jackson Sr., minister and former U.S. Senate candidate