Apr 24, 2024 - News

👀 Stoney drops out of governor's race

A picture of Mayor Stoney at a podium.

Levar Stoney at a campaign rally for former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in 2021. Photo: Carlos Bernate/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Mayor Levar Stoney is dropping his bid for the 2025 Democratic nomination for Virginia governor and will instead run for lieutenant governor, his campaign announced yesterday.

State of play: Stoney was facing a difficult primary against fellow Democrat Rep. Abigail Spanberger in the race to succeed Gov. Youngkin next year.

  • While the June 2025 gubernatorial primary is more than a year away, Stoney dropping out makes it even more likely Spanberger will take the nomination, AP reports.
  • She's seen as a "formidable candidate" by both parties due to her name recognition, centrist politics and record of winning races, per AP.

Why it matters: The mayor of Richmond won't have an easy road to the nomination for lieutenant governor either. Other announced or potential candidates have already lined up support from prominent Democrats, per the Washington Post.

Zoom in: The Democrats Stoney will run against for lieutenant governor include:

  • State Sen. Aaron Rouse from Virginia Beach, who also announced his run yesterday.
  • Babur Lateef, a Northern Virginia eye surgeon and chair of the Prince William County School Board.
  • And state Sen. Ghazala Hashmi from Chesterfield who is rumored to be preparing to announce.

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