Former State Senator Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, a northern Virginia Republican from Vienna, officially entered the race to seek the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor yesterday.
In her announcement, Davis touted not just her experience as a senator, but also her work with the McDonnell administration as director of the Virginia Liaison Office in Washington DC.
“Of the fifteen states with the lowest unemployment, twelve are led by Republican governors who have demonstrated that it is our conservative principles that lead to job creation and economic recovery,” she said. ““Our state budgets have been increasingly encumbered by the ever increasing number of unfunded federal mandates. Through the Federal regulatory process, we have also seen an erosion of states’ rights. Virginians need a principled and experienced team serving in Richmond to fend off the increasing encroachments of Washington.”
Davis used yesterday as an opportunity to visit several areas of the state, including Virginia Beach, Northern Virginia, and, of course, her formal announcement at the state Capitol. (Update: Today, Davis is in Martinsville, Bristol, and Roanoke)
“I believe my candidacy offers the ideal mix of fighting for the two things most important to Virginia families, their values and their pocketbooks. I look forward to the campaign and talking to Virginians from every corner of our wondrous state, to hear their concerns about and their suggestions of how we can make our Commonwealth an even better place to live, work and raise our families.”
Davis not only served as a state senator, but also as a state delegate, where she became the first Republican woman elected to a leadership position by the caucus: Majority Whip.
In related news, State Senator Jeff McWaters of Virginia Beach, who had been rumored to be considering entering the race, told the Virginian-Pilot that he is not going to run this time.
Other LG candidates include Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson, Del. Scott Lingamfelter, Sen. Steve Martin, Prince William Supervisor Corey Stewart and, possibly, former US Senate candidate EW Jackson.
Rumored Democratic candidates include Sen. Ralph Northam, Sen. Ken Alexander and former state delegate Paula Miller – all from Norfolk – and Aneesh Chopra, former technology chief with the White House.