Sen. Stephen H. Martin (R-Chesterfield) has decided to throw his hat into the ring for the 2013 race for Lt. Governor of Virginia. Sen. Martin last week announced his intentions after the closing special session of the Virginia General Assembly.
Sen. Martin has served in the Virginia Senate for 18 years and was a member of the House of Delegates from 1988-1994. He is an Insurance Consultant and Securities Dealer in Chesterfield.
Martin said that the candidate will be decided during next year’s Virginia GOP convention. There will not be a public primary.
“My wife and I have been discussing this for quite a while and decided this was the thing to do,” said Martin, during a phone conversation last week. “We are well down the road on our campaign.”
But Martin, 56, said he would be helping Randy Forbes (R-4) run for Congress, and George Allen, who is running for Senate against Democrat Tim Kaine, before focusing totally on the Lt. Governor race.
“I am the only candidate for Lt. Governor south of the Occoquan,” Martin said. He joins a number of candidates who would be considered Northern Virginians.
Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, announced he will be running; Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter of Prince William joins the field as will Pete Snyder, chairman of the GOP’s VA Victory 2012, the Republicans’ coordinated campaign.
If Martin can gain the nomination during the Virginia GOP convention, he will then face-off with one of the slate of Democrats that may be running, none of which have officially declared their candidacy.
According to the Washington Post, Aneesh Chopra, the former White House chief technology officer, is expected to run. Former House minority leader Ward L. Armstrong of Martinville is exploring a candidacy; Del. Kenneth Cooper Alexander (Norfolk) and former delegate Paula Miller of Hampton Roads may also be coveting the Lt. Governor’s seat.
Lt. Governor Bill Bolling has said he will run for Governor next year. He will be squaring off against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II and Tareq Salahi, who is famous for crashing a White House party in 2009.
Martin was a patron of the voter ID legislation during the current session that began as a sticky wicket for the General Assembly but was quickly watered down before being passed by the Governor. After July 1, any voter who goes to the polls must have some form of identification such as a state voter registration card; a Social Security card; a valid Virginia driver’s license; other state, local or federal identification; a valid student identification card; a valid employee identification card; a current utility bill; a current bank statement; a current government check; a paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter; or a concealed-handgun permit. If the voter cannot produce one of these forms of identification the voter will have to cast a provisional ballot.
Martin, who is known for singing in local churches and is considered to have a good voice, said before the election is over he “may have to write a song about it.”