by Brandon Jarvis

Sean Perryman, one of many Democrats seeking the nomination for the Lieutenant Governor race in 2021 announced on Friday that his campaign raised over $204,000 during the latest fundraising period – which ended at midnight. They also told Virginia Scope that they have $170,000 cash on hand.

“My motivation for running is the same as my motivation for all the public service I have done over the years: I want to make my community better,” said Perryman when he announced he was considering the run back in the summer.

Perryman officially entered the race in October, and his campaign told Virginia Scope that nearly half of all contributions coming since November. The campaign has received more than $55,000 in pledges in December. The first-time candidate has also racked up 47 endorsements since entering the race.

“It is an honor to have such tremendous grassroots support for my run for Lieutenant Governor. Our strong fundraising and endorsements from leaders from across Virginia make it clear that a progressive agenda that takes on the status quo can win in Virginia,” said Perryman on Friday. “We have assembled a strong coalition of support determined to fight for racial, economic, social, and environmental justice.”

Perryman’s campaign says that they have not and will not accept corporate dollars or donations from publicly-regulated utilities.

“With our ability to fundraise, our campaign has proven that we are a serious contender in the race to become Virginia’s next Lieutenant Governor. Sean is a 34-year-old Black candidate that has never run for public office, and yet this fundraising period has proven that his candidacy is clearly one to watch in 2021,” said Campaign Chairman Dan Lagana. “Equipped with strong fundraising, almost 50 endorsements, a visionary, popular progressive message and platform, a campaign team with decades of Virginia political experience, and solid support in the most vote-rich part of the state, our campaign is poised to win.”

Perryman is currently the Director of Social Impact Policy and Counsel for Internet Association, whose mission is to foster innovation, promote economic growth, and empower people through the free and open internet. He is also the outgoing President of the Fairfax chapter of the NAACP.

Related: View all of the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination on VPAP.

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