Deeds files petitions
We are now guaranteed a three way democratic primary in the race for Governor. State Senator Creigh Deeds filed close to 16 thousand signatures to gain access to the ballot for the June primary.
Deeds now joins former DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe and former Democratic House Leader Brian Moran in what promises to be (and already has been) a competitive and spirited race. (McAuliffe and Moran have already filed)
Deeds has trailed in fund raising and independent polling, but not to the point where he shouldn’t be considered a contender. He has strong support in Southwest Virginia (he recently picked up the support of Rep. Rick Boucher) and did come within a whisker of winning statewide four years ago in the race for Attorney General.
The release announcing the filing is after the jump..
DEEDS FILES PETITIONS WITH VIRGINIA STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS
Deeds campaign turns in 15,942 signatures to get on the ballot on June 9th
RICHMOND – Representatives from the Deeds campaign filed 15,942 signatures with the Virginia State Board of Elections on Thursday to get Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds on the June 9th Democratic primary ballot. The State Board of Elections requires only 10,000 valid signatures. Deeds’ name will appear on the ballot as R. Creigh Deeds.
“We are excited with our tremendous showing of grassroots support to get on the ballot on June 9th,” said Creigh Deeds. “This puts us on the way to securing the nomination and beating Bob McDonnell in November. No one in this race is more prepared to lead and I am the only Democratic candidate that can win in every corner of Virginia. Our strong grassroots efforts are going to make the difference on June 9th and we will continue to work hard for every vote in every community across the Commonwealth.”
Deeds’ petitions were collected by staff and volunteers in every congressional district across Virginia. With less than 70 days to go before the primary, the Deeds campaign is gaining momentum. The Virginian-Pilot recently said that Deeds is the Democratic candidate who “most naturally fits into the moderate mold shaped by Mark Warner and Tim Kaine” and this came after The Lynchburg News and Advance said that Deeds “appeals to many of the same centrist Democrats and independents who supported Mark Warner in his gubernatorial campaign in 2001.” The Deeds campaign is running a truly statewide effort to get out the vote on June 9th and the campaign has offices in Charlottesville, Richmond, Portsmouth, and Alexandria.