State Senator Ralph Northam (D- Norfolk) is a soft spoken physician who doesn't appear to have the killer instinct that might be necessary to win state wide office.
But the respected legislator is taking a shot at the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor. He will face off against former Obama Technology Chief Aneesh Chopra on June 11th.
In a race that will more than likely have extremely low turnout, especially without a contested race at the top of the ticket, Northam is looking for anything to distinguish his campaign. He was boosted this weekend by an endorsement from the Washington Post editorial board.
In 2009, Sen. Creigh Deeds's campaign for Governor took off after the Post endorsement. He went on to secure the nomination ahead of Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran.
Much like the rest of the Democrats running statewide, Northam is looking to distinguish himself dramatically from the conservative Republican ticket, in particular Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Northam is using his medical expertise to tout his pro-choice position and believes the platform of the Lt. Governorship can provide him the opportunity fight to keep abortion legal and accessible in Virginia.
We recently conducted an extensive interview with Sen. Northam where we talked about his legislative career, his goals for the office of Lt. Governor and the minor controversy he was involved in a few years ago where it was rumored he was considering a switch to the Republican party.
You can see the full interview, uncut below.
You can learn more about Sen. Northram's campaign on his web site.