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So, any predictions for tomorrow’s big announcement by Gov.-elect McAuliffe? I predict Levar Stoney for Secretary of the Commonwealth and (former Jim Webb Chief of Staff) Paul Reagan for Chief of Staff. Other than that, I’d definitely expect that McAuliffe will go for bipartisanship with some Republican picks (Bill Bolling? John Chichester? Boyd Marcus? Bill Hazel? others?). Who would you LIKE to see in the McAuliffe administration? Anyone you do NOT want to see in the McAuliffe administration? Feel free to chime in. Thanks.

Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe will make a major personnel announcement at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond at 1:00pm on Monday. The announcement will include the Governor-elect’s choice for multiple senior administration positions.

Governor-elect McAuliffe Personnel Announcement Press Conference

When: Monday, November 18, 2013, at 1:00 PM

Where: The Virginia State Capitol, 1000 Bank St, Richmond, VA, Senate Room 3

UPDATE 1:08 pm: @omeola tweets, “Gov elect @terrymcauliffe names Paul Reagan as chief of staff, Suzette Denslow as deputy COS pic.twitter.com/onzEcCrctC

@PilotOnPolitics tweets, “@TerryMcAuliffe picks appear to include Finance sec Ric Brown, Paul Reagan, @LevarStoney, Suzette Denslow.”

‏@omeola tweets, “Sec of Finance Ric Brown staying in job for McAuliffe at least through first budget and Levar Stoney named Secretary of Commonwealth”

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    I would think this is a natural pick for Bill Bolling. It builds on his work as the “jobs lt. governor.”

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    Aneesh Chopra??

  • heartofva

    Just wanted to know if the press conference would be streamed anywhere.  

  • That’s what the Virginian Pilot is reporting:

    Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe is going for continuity by tapping current Virginia Finance Secretary Ric Brown to continue his state budget stewardship, at least in the early days of McAuliffe’s young administration.

    The incoming Democratic governor this afternoon is expected to name his picks for two cabinet secretary posts, including Brown, as well as his chief of staff and deputy chief of staff, according to sources familiar with the plan.

  • from his FB page. Hint hint! 🙂

  • Governor-elect McAuliffe Announces Key Administration Appointments

    Today Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe announced his choices for four key senior administration positions at the Capitol of Virginia in Richmond: Paul Reagan as Chief of Staff, Suzette Denslow as Deputy Chief of Staff, Secretary Ric Brown, who will stay on through at least the passage of the upcoming budget as Secretary of Finance, and Levar Stoney as Secretary of the Commonwealth.

    “These four leaders represent decades of serving Virginia with passion, professionalism and pragmatism, and I am pleased that they will serve in my administration,” said Governor-elect McAuliffe. “Paul, Suzette, Ric, and Levar are the foundation of an administration that I am building for one purpose: to find common ground with leaders from both parties to create jobs, navigate the uncertainty that we face over the coming years, and maximize the opportunities we have to diversify and strengthen Virginia’s economy.”

    Paul Reagan, Chief of Staff:

    Paul Regan previously served as the chief of staff to U.S. Senator Jim Webb and chief of staff to U.S. Congressman James P. Moran. Before joining Moran’s office, he served as communications director for U.S. Representatives L.F. Payne, Rick Boucher and Owen Pickett. Reagan also served as counsel to the House Science Subcommittee from 1993 to 1995 under its chairman, Representative Rick Boucher. At the state level, Reagan served as communications director for Governor Mark Warner from 2001 to 2005 where he helped to shape the Governor’s successful message on budget, education and government reform issues. Regan received his Bachelor’s Degree from the College of William and Mary and his law degree from George Mason University.

    Suzette Denslow, Deputy Chief of Staff:

    Suzette Denslow has been the Chief of Staff to Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones since he took office in 2009. Prior to that, she served as Legislative Director for Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. In addition, she served as the Deputy Secretary of Education for Governor L. Douglas Wilder and held the role of Deputy Director of the Virginia Municipal League and the Director of the Tennessee Municipal League. She received her Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Virginia and her undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.

    Secretary Ric Brown, Secretary of Finance:

    Secretary Ric Brown has served as the Secretary of Finance since August 2008, when he was appointed by Governor Tim Kaine. Brown was reappointed by Governor Bob McDonnell in 2010. Brown entered state service in 1971 as an Economist with the Division of State Planning and Community Affairs, where he served as staff to numerous legislative and executive study commissions including: the Revenue Resources and Economic Study Commission, the National and Dulles Airports Acquisition Study Commission, and Governor Holton’s Task Force on Financing the Standards of Quality in Public Education. In 1976, Mr. Brown moved to the newly created Department of Planning and Budget, and later served as Director of the Department of Planning and Budget under Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. He received a B.A. Degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary and a Masters of Commerce Degree from the University of Richmond.

    Levar Stoney, Secretary of the Commonwealth:

    Levar Stoney served as McAuliffe’s Deputy Campaign Manager during his 2013 gubernatorial campaign. Prior to that, Stoney served as the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia from 2006-2009, and as the Political Director of gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds’ 2009 campaign. Stoney is a graduate of James Madison University.