DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The newest candidate for Lieutenant Governor is a Southside native. Xavier Warren, who is originally from Pittsylvania County, announced his candidacy last week.
He was in Danville on Friday, Sept. 25, and interviewed one-on-one with WFXR News about his reasons for running.
With the pandemic as a backdrop, Warren is focusing his campaign on fighting for living wages.
“We have to now re-adjust. Nothing is going to be the same,” said Warren. “The average four person family has to have an average wage of I think $23.45, so essentially, the person has to work four minimum wage jobs just to make it even.”
He says raising wages is an effective way of supporting small businesses.
“That money, they use at local restaurants. That money they use to be able to use at that local shops on their main streets that could then boost an economy, the statewide economy, but most importantly, the local economy.”
Warren has no elected or public service experience. Instead, he points to his business experience as his qualifications.
“One thing that would really help is to be able to strengthen small businesses but bring in new businesses as well that pay those high wage jobs that could help uplift every community.”
He’s a former lobbyist for nonprofits and is currently an agent for NFL players. He says he would be uniquely qualified as Lieutenant Governor to draw major companies to Virginia.
“What makes me the best choice and the most qualified choice, again, our elected officials, our statewide officials has to be individuals to market the state of Virginia to be able to bring the type of jobs. Myself, I’m a deal closer.”
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