Virginia will be voting for nominees for governor on June 13. Two Democrats, Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello, and three Republicans, Ed Gillespie, Corey Stewart, and Frank Wagner, are running in their respective primaries.
The next governor of Virginia will be able to weigh in on important matters such as dedicated funding for WMATA, preserving affordable housing, replacing critical infrastructure like bridges, whether funds shift away from roads and toward public transit, transit-oriented development, and the environment.
The governor has a big impact on regional transportation. The governor appoints people to the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which decides on big transportation projects. He appoints the head of VDOT, which controls most roads in Virginia and can help or stymie efforts to make them more walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly.
We thought an open thread discussion about the race would be helpful. Do you have opinions about the candidates? Any knowledge to share about their views on some of the issues we discuss most on GGWash?