BYRNE FIRST TO FILE PETITIONS OF CANDIDACY
Wins First Position on June 14 Lieutenant Governor Primary Ballot
Leslie Byrne, Democratic candidate for Virginia Lieutenant Governor, was the first to file the required signatures to place her on the June 14 primary ballot. This action guarantees Byrne to the first position on the Democratic primary ballot.
Byrne filed with well over the 10,000 signatures required by election law. “These petitions demonstrate the swell of grassroots support that I have seen over the past few months. I am honored to have so many Virginians, from every corner of the Commonwealth, show their support by signing and circulating petitions,” Byrne said.
This latest action comes on the heels of two straw polls taken this month where Byrne took first place among the field of four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor. In a statewide straw poll conducted by an internet website advocating the election of Democrat Tim Kaine, called RaisingKaine.com, Byrne won 41.69% of the votes, compared to 28.15% for Chap Petersen, 17.69 for Viola Baskerville, and 12.46% for Phillip Puckett. In another straw poll, conducted among Northern Virginia voters by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerry Connolly and the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, Byrne won handily with 54% of the vote, while Petersen received 33%, Baskerville got 7%, and Puckett received 6%.
“I was the first Democrat to file my petitions for candidacy; I will be first on the June 14 primary ballot; I am proud to have come in first in both of the recent straw polls; and I am energized to continue to work tirelessly to be first when the Democratic voters select their candidate for Lieutenant Governor on June 14,” Byrne said.
More information about the Byrne for Lieutenant Governor campaign can be found at www.lesliebyrne.org