On Wednesday, June 26, the Virginia State Board of Elections confirmed that Robert Sarvis is officially on the ballot for the November gubernatorial election. Sarvis, who is running as a Libertarian, was recently featured in a Richmond Times-Dispatch article. According to this article, Robert Sarvis has gathered 17,000 votes, which exceeds the minimum number of votes required by 7,000.
Robert Sarvis has an impressive background. The Richmond Times-Dispatch explains, “He is, to put it mildly, smart – having earned degrees in math from Harvard and Cambridge, then a law degree from NYU, then a master’s in economics from GMU. He is a native Virginian. As a fellow at GMU’s Mercatus Center, he co-authored, among other things, a paper on America’s historical experience with fiscal stimuli. And he is a technological innovator: He was a winner of Google’s 2008 Android Developer challenge for mobile apps.” Despite the fact that Sarvis is “smart,” his lack of political experience may be a concern for voters. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Sarvis disagrees with this claim and believes that “elective experience does not equal managerial ability.” For more on this story please read the Richmond Times-Dispatch or The Charlottesville Newsplex.