Xavier Warren

Xavier Warren of Arlington has announced plans to seek the 2021 Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. (Campaign photo)

He may end up being part of a cast of thousands, but an Arlington resident has thrown his hat into the ring to become Virginia’s next lieutenant governor.

And unlike many seeking the Democratic nomination, Xavier Warren appears to be focusing on economic, rather than social-justice, issues.

“I’m running for this office not only because I love Virginia but because the duties of the position are to create jobs, foster entrepreneurship and grow the commonwealth’s revenue so that people and localities can support themselves,” he said in a Jan. 6 kickoff announcement.

“I’m the only candidate with the necessary hands-on experience and business expertise to create good-paying jobs for Virginians and grow back our economy,” said Warren, who later that evening was one of two contenders for the job to speak at the online meeting of the Arlington County Democratic Committee.

“We can send one of our own to be the next lieutenant governor,” Warren said at that meeting, where he also pushed the theme of economic growth.

A graduate of Hampton University and Georgetown University, Warren has been an entrepreneur, NFL agent and activist.

“I’ve lived and worked in both rural and urban Virginia, and I know the unique challenges [each] faces,” he said in a kickoff announcement.

Also at the Jan. 6 Arlington County Democratic Committee meeting, Norfolk City Council member Andria McClellan also briefly addressed the audience as she preps a bid for lieutenant governor.

Virginia’s current lieutenant governor, Democrat Justin Fairfax, has launched a bid for governor. The field to succeed him, at least on the Democratic side, is getting crowded.

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(4) comments

CJE

LOL....Essential economic infrastructure ha been gentrified out of Arlington for years in favor of bars, restaurants, and boutique retail.

Charles

Correct. Food Star was gentrified out of the Pike and is thriving in Bailey's Crossroads. Arlington residents increasingly have to travel outside the County for essential products and services.

Citizen52

I like this candidate’s focus on economic issues and look forward to hearing more. It’s a plus that he’s been in the business community.

CJE

A new Aldi and Harbor Freight opened off the Pike just outside Arlington and reportedly Amazon will convert the former Safeway on Rt 7 to a Whole Foods. Meanwhile, Arlington Economic Development is focused on the wants of 35-going-on-23 Millennials. How many financially struggling bars, restaurants, and boutique retail will close this year in Arlington to be replaced by more bars, restaurants, and boutique retail? Stay tuned.

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