Former state legislator Jeannemarie Davis formally announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor today, saying she “offers the ideal mix of fighting for the two things most important to Virginia families – their values and their pocketbooks.”
Davis, who lives in Vienna, most recently worked as Gov. Bob McDonnell’s state liaison to the federal government. She previously served for six years in the House of Delegates and four more in the state Senate.
Davis officially became a candidate when she filed with the state board of elections in September, but waited until today to make a formal announcement. She joins a crowded field of candidates for the 2013 Republican nomination, which will be decided at a state convention.
State Del. Scott Lingamfelter of Prince William County, state Sen. Steve Martin of Chesterfield County, Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart and Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson are seeking the nomination and more candidates are expected to enter the race.
Incumbent Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who has held the job for two terms, will run for governor next year.
Davis is married to former Republican congressman Tom Davis of Fairfax County. In her announcement remarks, she emphasized her ability to win votes in areas of Northern Virginia that went for President Barack Obama in the last two presidential elections.
“I have won elections in areas that no other Republicans have been able to win and have proven that I can win in Northern Virginia and can raise the millions of dollars necessary to mount a successful campaign,” Davis said.
Davis said she would be “a full time lieutenant governor who will show the same leadership that I did while serving in the legislature and directing the governor’s Washington office, by tackling the challenges Virginians continue to face, working to move Virginia forward and continuing the good work of Governor McDonnell.”
Davis, who has worked as a partner in a small technology firm, said she hopes “to create a synergy between the Northern Virginia IT community and the rural areas which, through appropriate workforce training and telework, I believe can create many new jobs in regions where Virginians are suffering the highest unemployment.”
– Michael Sluss