The Democratic Party of Virginia’s state central committee voted this morning to hold a primary for statewide offices in 2017. The motion to have the primary was made by Frank Leone and passed with overwhelming support.
This is a move that’s generally considered more democratic (small d) than holding a convention because it allows more people to become involved in the process. That being said, there are some people who believe a convention is better because it allows the party activists to play a larger role in selecting the eventual nominee.
Since nobody has challenged incumbent Mark Herring in the race for Attorney General or Ralph Northam in the gubernatorial campaign, this is a decision that’s largely just going to impact the race for Lt. Governor. In that race we already have Justin Fairfax and Gene Rossi as declared candidates. Adam Parkhomenko is considering a bid for LG as well.