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Northam only Democrat backed by Virginia Farm Bureau

The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation today announced its endorsement of Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain of Harrisonburg, the GOP’s nominee for attorney general, and state Senator Ralph S. Northam of Norfolk, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

Northam, who grew up in rural Onancock, a small town on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, is the only Democrat backed by the Federation, which is made up of over 150,000 farmers and advocates on behalf of the state’s agriculture industry.

But E.W. Jackson, Northam’s Republican opponent, today received the endorsement of the Virginia Division of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association (PBA), which represents thousands of full-time or retired employees of the various federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement and correctional agencies in Virginia. “A vote for Earl Jackson is a vote for the men and women of law enforcement and the citizens they serve,” said Virginia PBA President Joe Woloszyn.

On Northam, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation president Wayne F. Pryor said: “Northam has an excellent voting record on some of the key issues important to farmers. He grew up on the Eastern Shore with roots in the farming community, and we believe his experience on the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee will serve as a useful background with regard to issues that have an impact on farmers.”