Roanoke Del. Sam Rasoul formally launches campaign for lieutenant governor

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) announced Tuesday not only that he is formally launching his campaign for Virginia lieutenant governor, but that his campaign will rely entirely on individual donors.

This announcement comes after Rasoul announced he was considering a run back in August during a Virginia COVID-19 Justice Coalition Zoom meeting streamed on Facebook Live.

The 11th District delegate also recently filed paperwork to run for lieutenant governor, as reported with candidate files in October by the Virginia Department of Elections.

According to a statement released by Sam Rasoul for Lt. Governor on Tuesday, Nov. 10, Rasoul has been outspoken about the need for getting big money out of Virginia politics since he was first elected in 2014. 

For example, the delegate reportedly submitted a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United in 2015 and became the first member of the current Virginia General Assembly to pledge to abstain from special interest PAC donations in 2017.

“When I made that commitment to not take any PAC money, some people thought it was because I wasn’t in a primary,” Rasoul said. “This race for Lieutenant Governor is extremely competitive. I’m committed to only accept cash contributions from individual donors because I believe it’s the only way we can create a truly transparent government that is responsive to the needs of working Virginians.”

Tuesday’s statement says the campaign aims to reach 500 individual donors by Friday. 

“It’s an ambitious goal, but I’m putting my faith in the people because they have put their faith in me.” Rasoul said. “I’m running to represent the interests of everyday Virginians, not corporations. Our campaign funding should reflect that.” 

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