“My oldest daughter is Black and my youngest daughter is biracial, which puts acts of racism as a threat to their future,” he said. “Our planet is in crisis, our democracy is under attack, and we don’t really know how those things are going to turn out. So I feel like we need leaders that will kind of see the big picture, make good decisions to better the life of our children, not threaten them.”
“The Bible talks over and over and over again about paying attention to people who are on the margins, providing for people who are in need and caring for people who are oppressed,” he said. “While I have deep respect and love for the friends and family that I grew up with, most of whom are Republicans, when I surveyed the platform of both parties, I felt like the Democratic platform was better aligned with my faith.”
Throneburg, who owns Nooks & Crannies Cleaning, said his faith is informing his campaign platform, including issues of racial justice and climate change.
A resident of Charlottesville, Throneburg, 44, said he was inspired to run to create a better future for his two young daughters, Lucy and Agnes.
Though he was not raised as a Democrat, Throneburg said he chose the party as an adult due to his Christian faith and how he believes the party aligns with those values.