(The Washington Post – Opinions) — Photo caption: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, arrives in the House Chambers to deliver his State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the Virginia General Assembly at the Capitol in Richmond on Jan. 15.

February 2

Ralph Northam, a Democrat, is the governor of Virginia.

On Nov. 7, Virginians voted for new leadership for their commonwealth.

As the man they elected governor, I am humbled that they spent their time, energy and votes to hire me to lead their state for the next four years.

However, I am also aware that they were not just casting a vote to put me into office. They were sending a message about the type of representation they want in Richmond and the results they expect it to produce.

The people who hired us are demanding that we work together to make life better for all of them, not just some of them.

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