RICHMOND, Va. - Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Sweckertonight released the following statement on the victory of Ralph Northam:
“On behalf of our Democratic family, we are proud to congratulate Dr. Ralph Northam on his victory in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Ralph has nobly served the Commonwealth of Virginia for many years, and we are energized and inspired by his selfless commitment to serve. We know that in the era of Donald Trump, we need robust leaders at the state level who won’t stand for the attacks on the citizens of our Commonwealth, whether they be from Donald Trump or from his Republican allies in Virginia. Ralph ran a campaign grounded in a progressive vision for a Virginia that works for working people. He’s fought for the rights of women throughout his career, and he will stand up to the Trump Administration to carry on the fight for the progressive vision of Governor McAuliffe. No matter which of Donald Trump's allies emerges tonight from the Republican primary, we are confident that Ralph is ready to take him on in the general election.
"We’d also like to thank Tom Perriello for his principled, issue-driven and energetic campaign. Tom has served Virginia well throughout the years, and we congratulate him on a campaign well run. We are the party of hardworking people fighting for hardworking people, and both Tom and Ralph are the embodiment of that core Democratic value. We look forward to our continued work with Tom as we all fight for a more progressive Virginia that doesn’t leave anyone behind."