Sanford alumnus and Board of Visitor member Justin Fairfax PPS’00 won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor of Virginia on June 13. A former federal prosecutor, he defeated two other candidates in the race with 49 percent of the vote. An attorney in a Northern Virginia firm, Fairfax ran a grassroots campaign. He has not held elective office before, but had run for state attorney general in the Democratic primary in 2013.
The office of lieutenant governor of Virginia is a part-time position, consisting mainly of presiding over the state Senate. If elected, Fairfax would be only the second African American to hold the post, the first being former Gov. Douglas Wilder. He will face Republican Jill Holtzman Vogel, a state senator and former attorney for the Republican National Committee, in the general election in November.
At Duke, Fairfax served as a young trustee for the University Board of Trustees and was president of Alpha Phi Alpha. He received his law degree from Columbia University, and served on the Columbia Law Review. He and his wife, Dr. Cerina Fairfax DDS, have two children.