Del. Sam Rasoul considering run for Virginia lieutenant governor

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) said Wednesday night that he is considering a run for Virginia lieutenant governor next year.

The Democratic delegate first took office in 2014 and is Virginia’s first Muslim legislator.

Rasoul made the comments during a Virginia COVID-19 Justice Coalition Zoom meeting streamed on Facebook Live.

“It is true that for many months, I have pondered whether or not I want to jump into the LG’s race,” Rasoul told meeting attendees. “After my seven sessions in the General Assembly, we’ve kind of seen a lot come and go but there’s a lot that can be done, for sure.”

He said it has been frustrating to watch how political donations impact policy, adding that many times “it is follow the money train that has gotten in the way” of meaningful legislation and reform.

Rasoul did not set a deadline for when he will make a decision on whether to run.

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