Abigail Spanberger Launches Bid for Virginia Governor – On Monday, Representative Abigail Spanberger, a moderate Democrat from Virginia, revealed her choice not to pursue another term in the House. Instead, she declared her candidacy for the position of Virginia governor in 2025. This decision presents a challenge for Democrats as they now need to safeguard her competitive district to enhance their chances of regaining the majority, following Virginia Democrats regaining control of the General Assembly after a two-year split.
In an early Monday campaign video, Spanberger expressed her aspirations to reduce prescription drug costs, foster middle-class growth, and alleviate inflation. “While some politicians in Richmond focus on banning abortion and books, what they’re not doing is helping people,” Spanberger said in the video. “I know how to bring people together and get real things done that improve lives. That’s why I’m running for governor.”
Spanberger, has entered the gubernatorial race to succeed Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who cannot run for reelection due to Virginia’s prohibition of consecutive terms for governors. Earlier this month, it was reported that Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is forming a campaign team and intends to launch his own bid for governor by year-end.
A former CIA and U.S. Postal Service law enforcement officer, Spanberger narrowly secured her seat five years ago. As a three-term congresswoman, she has been a prominent moderate voice within the Democratic party, addressing issues ranging from fiscal reform to police funding.
Notably, Spanberger’s adept fundraising skills, evidenced by her 2022 cycle success in raising over $9 million, could leverage a network of national donors for the upcoming race. “Even in this moment of deep division, we can seize the opportunity. I am running to serve all Virginians in every community across our Commonwealth because it’s about time we do what’s right for everyone,” Spanberger said in the video.