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Virginia has elections every year. That means you start hearing about next year’s candidates while focused on winning this November. Today, Aneesh Chopra announced his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor in 2013. From the Roanoke Times:
Aneesh Chopra, who served in Gov. Tim Kaine’s cabinet and went on to become the federal government’s chief technology officer, announced today that he will run for lieutenant governor in Virginia.
Here’s Chopra’s announcement statement:
“We live in a time of profound change. In our communities, our Commonwealth and our country, people are looking for pragmatic solutions that address our biggest problems, create opportunities and improve our lives.
Ideas matter. And so does action to make our economy work for everyone.
Since I left my position as U.S. Chief Technology Officer, friends, neighbors, business and community leaders have encouraged me to take action by running for statewide office. I’m humbled by their support and pleased to announce that today, after months of reflection, I enthusiastically filed my candidate qualification to seek the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor in 2013.
As Virginia’s Secretary of Technology, I worked with communities across the Commonwealth to plant the seeds of new ideas to ensure all Virginians have the skills they need to compete in the 21st Century economy. We created hands-on high school technology training through Virginia STAR, accelerated efforts to prepare more people without a high school degree for jobs of the future through PluggedInVA, and harnessed the power of mobile technology to support great teaching through our Learning Without Boundaries initiative.
I remain excited about these efforts and the new opportunities we have to bring Virginians together to solve our biggest challenges in the years ahead. I am committed to seeding innovative ideas that support a quality workforce and educating Virginians throughout their lifetime to strengthen and maintain a state economy that is built to last.
Over the next several months, our Commonwealth and our country face important choices. I will work hard to help elect President Obama, Governor Tim Kaine, and our exceptional roster of Democratic Congressional candidates this November. In addition, in the days, weeks and months ahead, I look forward to continuing to listen to Virginians, hearing directly from them about the issues affecting their families and serving as an enthusiastic advocate on their behalf.”
He doesn’t appear to have a web site yet, but we’ll add it to this post when we find it.
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Starts: June 5, 2013 - 9:00 am
Location: Lane Auditorium, County Office Building
Description: Monthly morning meeting of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
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Starts: June 10, 2013 - 5:30 pm
Description: Monthly Meeting of the Albemarle Democratic Committee