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Creigh Deeds Announces Bid For Governor

Tim Craig

State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) announced this morning he is running for governor in 2009.

In an on-line video, Deeds said he's running to make Virginia "the best place to live, work and raise a family."

Deeds, who lost a bid for attorney general by 360 votes in 2005, becomes the first candidate from either party to enter the governor's race. Deeds' decision to enter the race almost two years before the general election signals he wants to build his name recognition and organization to get a head start on another likely Democratic candidate, Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria).

Because he's pro-gun and represents a rural part of the state, Deeds is expected to argue he is more electable in a general election.

Deeds also said he is best suited to fulfill the legacy of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and former governor Mark R. Warner (D). "We cannot allow rigid ideology to dictate Virginia's future," Deeds said. "Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have shown us there's a better way."

By Tim Craig  |  December 13, 2007; 11:15 AM ET
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Comments

Creigh is exactly what Democrats, and more important Virginia needs in it's next Governor. He's smart, hard working, understands what it takes to represent all Virginians.

Posted by: Charlie | December 13, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Virginia cannot and must not allow itself to be led by Socialists for another 4 years. We owe it to our children to keep the state free and capitalistic. Craig is a nice guy, but then again, so was Commissar Kaine.

Posted by: WizeMaxie | December 13, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Virginia cannot and must not allow itself to be led by Socialists for another 4 years. We owe it to our children to keep the state free and capitalistic. Creigh is a nice guy, but then again, so was Commissar Kaine.

Posted by: WizeMaxie | December 13, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Creigh Deeds is not going to bring Northern Virginians to the polls. Brian can bring out Northern Virginia so Brian Moran has a better chance statewide. Believe it or not, Brian is a strong supporter of gun rights, I think he has an A rating from the NRA. So all Creigh Deeds has going for him is that he's not from Northern Virginia. Creigh should switch gears and run for Attorney General.

Posted by: Raighne Delaney | December 13, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"Virginia cannot and must not allow itself to be led by Socialists ... "

You either don't know what a Socialist is, or you are intentionally using belligerent, inflammatory language. Which makes you: a) ignorant; b) a rhetorical bomb-thrower; or c) a little of both. Either way, I have very serious doubts about your ability to declare what's best for Virginia.

Posted by: lifelong virginian | December 13, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Humm. Both are good selections; however, I'll wait to see who comes forward on the Republican side. Myself, like many others do not vote based solely on a preferred party. I sincerely hope others from both sides decide to run.

Posted by: Burke | December 13, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

pro-gun? lets see his campaign booth at virginia tech

Posted by: Anonymous | December 13, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Only in Virginia do people get bent out of shape about being called a liberal or a socialist. This state is so narrow minded that it cannot even think about relieving its residents woes by building a train to Dulles Airport. It truly deserves the likes of James Gilmore, men with tunnel vision.

Posted by: Amazed One | December 13, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Please - not another campaign! When will we voters catch a break from all this nonsense and hopefully encourage our officials to lead and govern versus worrying about who may be getting a jump on them 2 years out.

Posted by: capone1 | December 13, 2007 10:05 PM | Report abuse

2009? isn't it a little late for that? it's all about 2013

Posted by: Anonymous | December 14, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

yeah, shouldn't we be talking about Jennifer McClellan for Governor in 2013?

Posted by: 2013 | December 14, 2007 11:17 PM | Report abuse

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