December 5, 2016

Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea, Sr. Endorses Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2017

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA – Today, Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea, Sr. issued the following endorsement of Justin Fairfax and his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor in 2017:

“Today, I am proud to enthusiastically endorse Justin Fairfax as the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2017. Justin has put forth a powerful and positive vision for economic development and criminal justice reform throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, and he has a keen understanding of the unique challenges and tremendous opportunities that exist in Roanoke and similar communities in all parts of Virginia. Justin has traveled tens of thousands of miles across the Commonwealth in the past four years thoughtfully listening to the concerns, hopes, and dreams of our citizens. He has a brilliant policy mind, a genuine spirit, and a true passion for bettering the lives of others and providing them with the same opportunities he has had in his own life. Justin will fight for more economic security and opportunity for everyone in Roanoke and the Commonwealth of Virginia. We need his positive, energetic, forward-thinking, and innovative leadership now more than ever. He will be a great Lieutenant Governor for Virginia.”

“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of a great Southwest Virginia leader like Mayor Lea,” said Justin Fairfax. “As a prominent and longtime elected official in Roanoke, a leader in Virginia’s criminal justice system, a successful businessman, and a faith and community leader, Sherman knows exactly what it takes to propel the Commonwealth to higher heights and to create more economic security and opportunity for all Virginians. I look forward to working closely with Mayor Lea to bring more robust economic development, capital investment, jobs, affordable higher education, criminal justice reform, and more broadly shared prosperity to Roanoke, Southwest Virginia, and the entire Commonwealth.”

Justin Fairfax has been endorsed by a significant number of elected officials and party leaders from throughout Virginia. Additional endorsements will be announced publicly in the near future.

In 2013, Fairfax was a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He earned more than 48% of the statewide primary vote and the endorsement of The Washington Post, which cited his “agile and impressive command of the issues” and his “prosecutor’s passion for justice.” In that election – his first ever run for public office – Fairfax earned more than 68,000 votes and lost by less than 2 votes per precinct statewide. In 2014, Mr. Fairfax served as Co-Chair of Virginia Senator Mark Warner’s successful reelection campaign. He currently serves as a litigator in the Tysons Corner, VA office of the law firm Venable LLP.

Fairfax previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in the Major Crimes and Narcotics Unit of the Alexandria Division. Justin is a graduate of Duke University, where he served on the Board of Trustees, and he currently sits on the Board of Visitors of the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. He graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was selected to be a member of the prestigious Columbia Law Review. Justin’s wife, Dr. Cerina W. Fairfax, DDS, is a graduate of the VCU School of Dentistry in Richmond, Virginia and Duke University. Justin and Cerina have one son, Cameron, and one daughter, Carys. They live in Northern Virginia where they own a thriving family dental practice.