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Virginia Elections 2013: Robert Sarvis Joins Governor's Race

“Virginia needs open-minded, economically literate leadership, not culture wars and class wars,” Libertarian contender says.

Posted by William Callahan.

Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are already locked in a tight and aggressive race to be Virginia’s next governor, but now they have more company – Libertarian Robert Sarvis will also appear on the ballot Nov. 5.

The Virginia State board of Elections validated Sarvis as an official candidate, his campaign announced Wednesday after he filed the required 10,000 signatures from Commonwealth voters. 

“Virginia needs open-minded, economically literate leadership, not culture wars and class wars,” Sarvis, 36, said in a statement.

Sarvis says Virginia needs a leader not beholden to a particular party.

“Let's buck the two-party system, bring people together, and build a Virginia that's open-minded and open for business,” he said.

Sarvis supports tax reform, as well as gay marriage, protection of gun rights and drug law reform.

“By protecting personal and economic freedom, we can make Virginia the envy of the world, with a growing economy that adds jobs and raises incomes, and a system of laws providing equality and justice for all,” he said.

Sarvis, an entrepreneur and lawyer, is a Virginia native and resident of Annandale in Fairfax County. He grew up in West Springfield and went to high school at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

He also has a math degree from Harvard University and law degree from New York University’s School of Law.

Sarvis ran for the Virginia State Senate in 2011 against Dick Saslaw (D-35) but was unsuccessful. Saslaw took 62 percent of the vote to Sarvis’ 36 percent.

For more information about Robert Sarvis, visit his campaign website.


John Smith July 02, 2013 at 08:00 AM
This is good news for those who weren't enamored of either candidate already in the race. With ample time before the election to learn more about Sarvis's positions on various issues, it adds spice to the race and lessens the likelihood that some of us will find ourselves voting "None of the Above" in November.
Skip Endale July 03, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Unfortunately RS has zero chance of making it because he cannot compete in the money race. Its unfortunate that the American political system has corrupted itself to this sad state; yet we are looking down on countries like Mexico, India, the Phillipines. If the big money donor comes out and spends millions of dollars on candidate x and millions of dollars on candidate y, does it really matter who we vote for? YOU DECIDE
John Smith July 03, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Skip, I hear you, and the cynic/realist in me says you're probably right, but the idealist in me wants to believe you're wrong. McAuliffe supporters will say that a vote for Sarvis is a vote for Cuccinelli, and vice versa. But with palpable voter apathy/dislike toward both of those candidates it would appear that there might still be time between now and November for Sarvis to get the ball rolling his way. He certainly has not received much attention from the press. Just did a search on "Robert Sarvis" in the Post and was underwhelmed by what it turned up.

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