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Sean Perryman Announces Endorsements from Virginia Leaders, Launch of Campaign Steering Committee

Aug 31, 2020

RELEASE: August 31st, 2020

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Fairfax, VA – Today, Sean Perryman’s exploratory committee for Lieutenant Governor announced endorsements from activists and leaders from across Virginia and the formation of an official steering committee. The committee is composed of outstanding leaders of every background and will play an important role in advancing the interests of all Virginians and to expand access to education, economic security, and to achieve equity for all Virginians. Lead by Daniel Lagana as Chair and Johanna Gusman as Political Director, these leaders include:  

  • Dan Lagana: Former Chair of the Fairfax County Democratic Party, Army Veteran, Fairfax County
  • Lindsey Davis Stover: Former 10th CD candidate and national policy leader, McLean
  • Donte Tanner: Former Democratic nominee for House of Delegates, former Air Force Captain, Clifton
  • Johanna Gusman: Criminal justice reform advocate, former Warren, Virginia Justice Dems, Potomac Falls
  • Chelsea Higgs-Wise: Executive Director, Marijuana Justice, Progressive Advocate, Richmond
  • Tavorise Marks: Community Leader and Social Activist, Chesterfield County NAACP Leader, Chester
  • Chad Martin: Vice Mayor of the City of Martinsville, Martinsville

“At 35 years old, I know that Sean will not only make history as the youngest Lieutenant Governor in Virginia history, but he will also use the office to help Virginia become a leader of states across the nation. There is no one I would be more eager to have help lead our state from the Lieutenant Governor’s office,” Lagana said. 

“Sean’s experience growing up in a working-class family will provide him with an invaluable perspective as our next Lieutenant Governor. I know that Sean will be a tireless voice for every family in our Commonwealth,” said Davis Stover.

“I’m thrilled to support Sean’s run for Lieutenant Governor. As a leading advocate for racial justice in Virginia and President of the Fairfax NAACP, Sean is uniquely positioned to step up to the challenges of today. He will be a transformational Lieutenant Governor and I look forward to working with him to build a winning coalition that fights for all Virginians,” said Tanner

“There are a number of strong potential candidates in the race for Lieutenant Governor, but I am confident that my friend Sean Perryman is the best person for the job. Already, Sean has achieved incredible results in the struggle to bring about tangible progressive ideals on criminal justice reform, policing, and drug policy,” Gusman added. 

“For years, I have known Sean to be a leading voice in the urgent need to reshape our antiquated drug laws. If elected, Sean will be a strong ally in the effort to bring about common-sense drug reforms,” noted Higgs-Wise. 

“Sean is a passionate advocate for racial justice and equity in our state. He has the lived experience of being a Black man in environments where, not so long ago, he would have banned, berated, or beaten. Virginia itself continues to grapple with dark undercurrents of racial inequity and hate, but Sean has committed himself to following in the footsteps of those whose shoulders he stands on, constantly expanding access and ensuring equity for all—no matter their skin tone, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Today, Virginia continues to fight for equity for all, as it grapples with discrimination, unemployment, racism, and the COVID crisis. There is no one better suited to help lead our commonwealth at time like this more than Sean,” said Marks.

“There is no candidate in this race who has a more complex understanding of the unique issues that a next-gen economy will create for all Virginians—issues of racial equity, workforce development, affordable and quality education, and more, especially in rural and Southwest Virginia,” said Martin.

In response, Perryman said, “It is an honor to have the support of these extraordinary leaders. For years, they have been strong voices for everyday people in our Commonwealth. I look forward to working with them to bring about concrete change as we fight to expand access to education, economic security, and to finally achieve equity for all Virginians.”

Sean Perryman is President of the Fairfax County Chapter of NAACP, a technology public policy advocate, attorney, and former congressional investigator. If elected he would become the youngest Lt. Governor in Virginia history. 

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