Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Supporting Perryman

As a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, my job is to make sure that Fairfax County is a great place to live, work, and play for all of our residents. But local officials can’t do it alone; we need statewide leaders who understand our unique needs and challenges. That’s why I’m supporting Sean Perryman for Lt. Governor in the June 8 Democratic primary.

Sean has spent years as an activist and organizer in Fairfax County. As President of the Fairfax NAACP, he focused on equity in education and criminal justice reform. I saw firsthand how he fought to push through reforms that break the school-to-prison pipeline and make our schools a a place where every child can succeed. He helped make these changes by building diverse coalitions of Fairfax County residents who are committed to shared progressive values.

Sean and I also worked together on Capitol Hill, where he worked with Rep. Elijah Cummings on the U.S. House Oversight committee to investigate the Trump administration and hold them accountable. I know that he has a passion for creating a government that is truly by and for the people. A government where every community has a voice and a seat at the table.

The office of Lt. Governor is a perfect role for someone with Sean's experience and commitment to an inclusive, progressive Virginia. I hope my fellow neighbors in Fairfax and all of Virginia will join me in voting for Sean on June 8th.

James Walkinshaw

Braddock District Supervisor

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