Northam campaigns in Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Democrat Ralph Northam brought his campaign for Governor to western Virginia Monday, visiting a Roanoke fire station, touring the Virginia Veterans Care Center and meeting with leaders of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce.

One of his first stops was Fire Station Number 5 on Orange Avenue, where he spoke with Chief David Hoback and others about the needs of the department.

"They're the ones that protect us day in and day out," Northam said in an interview, "and that really helps our economy to make sure that when people are here in Virginia they are in safe neighborhoods and communities. So I just have a tremendous amount of respect and wanted to come by and thank them."

Northam met with leaders of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce over lunch and toured the Virginia Veterans Care Center Monday afternoon.

He faces Republican Ed Gillespie and Libertarian Cliff Hyra in the November election.