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Arlington Resident Chopra Announces Run for Lt. Gov.

by ARLnow.com July 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm 4,327 56 Comments

Arlington resident Aneesh Chopra announced today that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Virginia Lieutenant Governor in 2013.

Chopra, who lives with his wife and two children in the Donaldson Run neighborhood, says he’s running to create “new opportunities” for Virginians and to help solve the state’s “biggest challenges.”

Chopra, who was appointed the  first Chief Technology Officer of the United States by President Obama, said he’s also going to work to support the president’s reelection. Last month he joined actor Kal Penn at two events for Obama supporters in Arlington.

The following statement was issued by Chopra this afternoon.

“We live in a time of profound change. In our communities, our Commonwealth and our country, people are looking for pragmatic solutions that address our biggest problems, create opportunities and improve our lives.

Ideas matter. And so does action to make our economy work for everyone.

Since I left my position as U.S. Chief Technology Officer, friends, neighbors, business and community leaders have encouraged me to take action by running for statewide office. I’m humbled by their support and pleased to announce that today, after months of reflection, I enthusiastically filed my candidate qualification to seek the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor in 2013.

As Virginia’s Secretary of Technology, I worked with communities across the Commonwealth to plant the seeds of new ideas to ensure all Virginians have the skills they need to compete in the 21st Century economy. We created hands-on high school technology training through Virginia STAR, accelerated efforts to prepare more people without a high school degree for jobs of the future through PluggedInVA, and harnessed the power of mobile technology to support great teaching through our Learning Without Boundaries initiative.

I remain excited about these efforts and the new opportunities we have to bring Virginians together to solve our biggest challenges in the years ahead. I am committed to seeding innovative ideas that support a quality workforce and educating Virginians throughout their lifetime to strengthen and maintain a state economy that is built to last.

Over the next several months, our Commonwealth and our country face important choices. I will work hard to help elect President Obama, Governor Tim Kaine, and our exceptional roster of Democratic Congressional candidates this November. In addition, in the days, weeks and months ahead, I look forward to continuing to listen to Virginians, hearing directly from them about the issues affecting their families and serving as an enthusiastic advocate on their behalf.”

  • ACDC Hack

    The platitudes per inch metric red-lined …… good grief.

    • Chris M.

      Why do they always have to say that others “encouraged” them to run? It sounds stupid, and no one ever buys it.

      • Jason S.

        Politicians are arrogant enough to think people believe their nonsense.

        • Juanita de Talmas

          And we keep returning them to office, so they may be right.

          • ACDC Hack

            Yeah, you are right, but if the choice comes down to him and Cuccinelli you have to hold your nose and vote..

          • Mary-Austin

            He will not be running against Cuccinelli.

          • ACDC Hack

            If they both get their respective party’s nominations he will……..so I don’t quite follow your comment ??

          • WL95

            They are not running for the same office!

          • ACDC Hack

            Whoops…….my bad.

  • Aaron

    Lives in “Donaldson Run” … riiiiiight. Next thing you’ll tell us is that he’s a fulltime sandwich artist at Sam’s Corner.

    • nom de guerre

      As a hat tip to our former guest sandwich artist, Sam’s Corner is featuring sliced chicken tikka on grilled naan with thinly sliced onions and cucumbers, Chaat Masala, and Mint-Coriander Chutney. Only while supplies last.

  • JohnB

    Hope he can keep his head above water.

  • Captain Obvious

    From the Not Larry Sabato blog yesterday:

    “Aneesh Chopra Breaking Fundraising Records

    “In the finance reports due next week, Aneesh Chopra is going to set a new record for a Democratic Lt. Governor candidate in their first finance period- with over $500,000 raised.”

  • Tre

    Chopra is Rosslynite
    Rosslynite is Chopra

  • New Canaan

    LOL…Aneesh Chopra, an appointee of Barack Obama’s, is going to win a statewide race…in VA? I simply don’t get these people…just go run for office in MD.

    • drax

      It’s almost as if Obama himself has won statewide in Virginia!

      • Elmer

        “It’s almost as if Obama himself has won statewide in Virginia!”

        Drax, That show was a one trick pony.
        Ain’t gonna happen again.

        • Replytothat

          I hope you are right Elmer.

        • drax

          Obama is up 50-42 over Romney in the latest poll in Virginia.

          Don’t count your chickens, Elmer.

  • Thes

    Now THIS is a notable Arlingtonian…

  • Jason S.

    Judging by the state of federal IT systems, he’s pretty unimpressive.

    • KalashniKEV

      He’s actually just a well connected scamster. His main focus prior to getting the hookup from Obama was healthcare. He’s not any kind of a technologist.

  • SoArl

    He’s a really nice guy but his background, if I remember correctly, is exclusively tech. I’m not sure how well that translates to Lt. Gov.

    • Andy

      I’d rather have somone who understands tech in a tech world, than another lawyer-politician.

      • Aaron

        I’ll see your declaration and raise you

        I’d rather have someone who understands ____ in a ____ world than another lawyer-politician.

        • Aaron

          It’s funny, my first reaction (before the lame Sam’s Corner joke) was that I know a tech savvy Aneesh Chopra from Arlington. I never made the connection between him and the US CTO/Kumar buddy with the same name. I guess there’s more to life than politics (please don’t ban me from the site/County for saying so!!).

    • Ballstonienne

      It translate into dollars. Same could be said for Mark Warner.

    • KalashniKEV

      You remember incorrectly- his background is with health care think tanks.

  • YTK

    His rhetoric is very glossy and non-specific.. “Biggest Problems” “Challenges” — be more specific.

    • Benedict

      Who do you think he is, Mitt Romney?

    • Replytothat

      He’s a Dem, they don’t offer plans.

  • Mary-Austin

    He seems like a fairly smart guy.
    Not sure why he would make the decision to run. Maybe good contributions?
    He is going to have a difficult enough time in a Democratic primary and doesn’t stand a chance in the general.
    McAulliffe/Chopra…really?

  • Renee

    Damn he’s nice looking. Wouldn’t mind looking at him for four years instead of the up tight, repub offerings. He actually smiles. How refreshing.

    • DarkHeart

      Pssst. Donaldson Run is code for GOP enclave.

      • JohnB

        That’s why the County Board orchestrates regular flooding there.

        • other side of the river

          And THERE’S the acknowlegement of the perilous flooding risk in Donaldson Run. FINALLY!

      • Mary-Austin

        that consistently votes Democrat?

        • DarkHeart

          GOP Sleeper Cell

    • Elmer

      Renee, By your lofty standards, Abe Lincoln would never have been elected. I mean that was one ugly repub.

      • Renee

        Not saying I’d vote for him. I don’t know anything about him…yet. My first reaction though was that he is very good looking. If his politics are in line with mine then we have a rare combination of natural beauty and brains. If I were the kind to vote purely on someone looking made for television presidential then I’d be voting for Romney which I’m not. His look has been so packaged that he doesn’t look real anymore – kind of the male equivalent of the Stepford Wives.

        • jan

          I’m with you, Renee

          • r2

            Here! Here!

    • Elmer

      The favorable comments on his good looks influencing their votes by some of the self-identified ladies remind me of the first presidential election after women’s suffrage. Warren G. Harding was elected because “He looked like a president”.
      As you may know, he turned out to be the worst president in history.

      • drax

        That was Bush.

        • dave schutz

          Wikipedia says bottom ten: “Warren G. Harding, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore, Ulysses Grant, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Richard Nixon and Herbert Hoover” My vote is for Buchanan or Fillmore – Buchanan because he failed to keep from civil war, Fillmore because no accomplishments, and killed a man by running him down while riding his horse, drunk.

    • Mimi Stratton

      I hear you, girlfriend!

  • Crampton

    Is he quitting his medical segment gig with CNN?

    • Elmer

      Good one.

    • Replytothat

      +1

    • Scott

      It’s funny because this guy is Indian and there’s an Indian guy on CNN. Get it –pretty funny

  • Mc

    Glad he’s running. He has Richmond experience as Va Secretary of Technology but isn’t part of the good ol boy cronyism or the ideolog types. Would be a nice contrast to science denying Cuc.

  • Barber

    Whatever. Dude needs a haircut.

  • Replytothat

    He has great hair and a nice smile, OK. But that’s about all he has going for him. His work resume isn’t that great. What non-government jobs has he had? The Advisory Board? That doesn’t impress me (sorry to my Advisory Board friends).

    We are heading off a fiscal cliff, could we please elect people who have actually spent time in the real world?

  • anywaybacktome

    Nothing against him, but he seems like a bit of a job jumper. Obama give him the CTO job for the country and he quit after two years. It would take at least a couple of years to ramp up in a job like that.

  • Resident

    Schmoozer. Have met him several times now and I was left unimpressed by his desire to impress….wants to be elected to be elected, not because he actually wants to serve was what I walked away with at the end of each occasion.

    Discouraging.

  • r2

    Well, I hope he wants to be elected since he’s running. I can’t imagine anyone going through what our politicians have to and not “want to be elected” !

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