2017 Governor’s Race

Listed below are the candidates for Governor of Virginia. Each candidate’s name links to their campaign site, where their stance on various issues should be readily accessible.





Governor of Virginia  
Ralph Northam Ed Gillespie  Cliff Hyra

Equality Virginia PAC Backs Northam for Governor

Joseph Papa | [email protected] | 804.643.4816

Today, in a press conference phone call, Equality Virginia’s Political Action Committee announced its endorsement of Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam in the race for Governor of Virginia. EV PAC endorses Northam for his shared vision for a Virginia that is free of discrimination. Year after year, Northam has shown a steadfast commitment to Virginia’s gay and transgender community; from his election to the state Senate in 2007, where he earned a perfect legislative record on key LGBT issues, to his 2015 tie-breaking vote as Lt. Gov. to pass employment protections that included sexual orientation and gender identity.

“We look forward to working with Ralph Northam as Governor to further the current administration’s progress and keep the Commonwealth moving forward for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. EV PAC is excited to make Ralph our first endorsement of 2017 and urges Virginians to stand with him, just as he has stood up for equality for gay and transgender people,” said James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia Advocates.

“Equality is a Virginia value,” said the Lt. Gov. “That’s why I’ve been a committed partner to Equality Virginia’s mission of making sure that every Virginian, no matter who you are, no matter who you love, feels welcome, safe, and free from discrimination in this commonwealth. It’s an honor to receive the continued support of Equality Virginia Advocates and as governor, and they’ll have no stronger ally in Richmond than me.”


Equality Virginia’s Political Action Committee seeks equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Virginians through supporting pro-equality candidates in public office. Since 1989, EVPAC’s affiliate organization has worked to end discrimination, protect families and build safe communities. More information is online at EVAdvocates.org. Connect on Facebook.com/EqualityVA or Twitter @EqualityVA.