Meet Our Statewide Candidates!

Ed Gillespie for Governor 

Ed Gillespie is a business owner, longtime conservative leader and a Republican candidate for Governor in 2017.

Ed grew up working in his parents’ grocery store, the JC Market. The son of an Irish immigrant, Ed started his career as a Senate parking lot attendant and eventually worked his way up to become Counselor to President George W. Bush.

A former Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia and the Republican National Committee, a lead author of the 1994 Contract with America, and a long-time policy and communications aide to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Ed has always been a conservative leader.

As Chairman of the RNC, Gillespie in 2004 was the first GOP chairman in 80 years to preside over a party that won the White House, House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. In 2009, he was general chairman of Bob McDonnell’s highly successful campaign for governor, reclaiming the governorship after back-to-back Democratic governors.

Jill Vogel for Lt. Governor 

Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley, Jill Vogel learned the values of hard work from her parents. Jill’s family started a small business that has grown into a thriving enterprise employing over 600 people in Virginia.

With the same entrepreneurial spirit Jill started her own successful business. A nationally recognized ethics attorney, Jill was on the front lines against the Obama Administration’s targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups in their fight against the IRS. In the Virginia Senate she’s continued the fight for our conservative principles.

As a working mother with children in school, Jill understands the challenges facing Virginia’s families. As our next Lieutenant Governor she has a plan to get Virginia’s economy growing again and take back control of state government.

John Adams for Attorney General

John Adams was born and raised in Chesterfield County, Virginia, where he attended local public schools and met his future wife, Lisa. Even at a young age, John was drawn to public service, serving as a volunteer firefighter in Midlothian during high school.

Inspired by that passion, he attended the Virginia Military Institute where he graduated as a Distinguished Graduate with a degree in Economics in 1996. At graduation, he received his commission as a United States Naval Officer. Like his father, who served in the U.S. Army in Korea, John began his military service in the Pacific. Based out of Pearl Harbor, John deployed to the Middle East aboard an Aegis Cruiser. In his second tour, he returned home to Virginia, living in Virginia Beach and serving on a coastal patrol ship based in Little Creek. He deployed from there to Central America hunting down international drug smugglers on the high seas.

At the completion of his naval service, John used the GI Bill to attend the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was managing editor the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, John and Lisa were married and they moved to Northern Virginia to serve our country in a new role. There he attained clerkships — first on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., and then on the United States Supreme Court. Following his time with Justice Thomas, John worked as an Associate White House Counsel for President George W. Bush while living in Arlington and starting his family with Lisa.

John and Lisa then returned home to the Richmond area, where John served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office, prosecuting violent criminals, white-collar felons and corrupt public officials.

Today, John is in private practice, where he leads a team of more than 50 lawyers in the United States and abroad. While in private practice, John has dedicated significant free legal services to causes he cares about. For example, he has filed numerous briefs in the Supreme Court on behalf of various clients on issues relating to religious liberty.

John and Lisa are raising their four sons—Thomas, Daniel, Andrew, and Henry—in the same Chesterfield Public Schools they attended. Lisa stays home with the boys, and she and John spend their time like a lot of parents of young families: shuttling kids to events at school, friends’ homes, church, and soccer fields all across central Virginia.