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Lt. Gov. Race: Democrat Aneesh Chopra Coming to Lorton Wednesday

The Democratic primary is June 11.

(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.

Read: Corey Stewart: McAuliffe and Chopra are 'Carpetbaggers'  

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. 

Read: Candidates Aneesh Chopra and Mark Herring Win Straw Polls at Rep. Connolly's St. Patrick's Day Fete

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:

Chopra on the LGBT community

"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 on gun violence:

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

Chris May 15, 2013 at 01:08 PM
It should also be noted, that at the same event that Aneesh Chopra is coming to at the Pane Vino Restaurant in Lorton, both candidates vying for the Attorney General nomination, Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring will be speaking. A spokesperson for the campaign of Ralph Norham, Chopra's primary opponent will attend. The primary is on June 11th. It has also been confirmed, that Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe will be attending as well. The event at Pane Vino from 7-9pm, is being hosted by the Mount Vernon District Democratic Commitee and is open to the public.
James Cullum May 15, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Thanks Chris!

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