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Governor Ralph Northam Endorses Terry McAuliffe for Governor

Northam: "Virginians need and deserve Terry's committed leadership as our next governor to continue to move us forward and build on the incredible progress Democrats have made over the past eight years."

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See below for a press release from Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial campaign on his endorsement by Gov. Ralph Northam. I’ve mostly been posting candidate endorsements in the comments section, as there are a gazillion of them for all the (many) candidates, and also because most of them aren’t *that* significant, but this one definitely is a big one, so…

Governor Ralph Northam Endorses Terry McAuliffe for Governor
Northam Becomes Highest-Ranking State Official to Endorse in the Gubernatorial Primary, Joining More Than 250 Leaders from Across Virginia
Northam Cites Terry’s Strong Record of Leadership and Results, and His Plans to Continue Virginia’s COVID Recovery Efforts and Create A Stronger, More Equitable Economy & Commonwealth
MCLEAN, VA – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam today endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor, citing Terry’s strong record of leadership and his bold plans to continue to help Virginia recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and create a stronger, more equitable economy. Terry and Governor Northam today will visit Norfolk and Alexandria, where Governor Northam will make his endorsement, becoming the highest ranking state official to endorse in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. They will be joined by Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), Senate President Pro Tempore L. Louise Lucas, and Mayor Kenny Alexander in Norfolk, and Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and Majority Leader Charniele Herring in Alexandria. To cover the live stream from the Norfolk event starting at 9:30am, watch here.

Terry continues to build an unmatched coalition of more than 250+ Virginia leaders who are supporting his campaign including Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) – the first sitting Member of Congress to endorse in the Democratic gubernatorial primary – more than forty young Black professional and student leaders, 34 members of the General Assembly, and 11 members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. Recently, Terry has also been endorsed by major national unions, including the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA).

“While our Commonwealth has faced the most severe pandemic in our lifetimes this past year, I am so proud of the work we have done to turn the corner and bring Virginia into recovery. The longer-term impacts of this pandemic, however, will be around long after I leave office, and it’s critical that our next governor has the plans and experience to continue the fight to rebuild Virginia into a stronger, more equitable future. That’s why I am so proud to support Terry McAuliffe to be our next governor,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “When Terry puts his mind to something, he’ll move heaven and earth to make it happen. I’ve worked side-by-side with him for years, and simply put, he always gets the job done. Virginians need and deserve Terry’s committed leadership as our next governor to continue to move us forward and build on the incredible progress Democrats have made over the past eight years.”

“COVID-19 has brought unprecedented health and economic challenges to Virginia, but we have been incredibly fortunate to have Governor Northam – a doctor – leading our recovery and setting us on the path to a stronger future. Nobody knows better the kind of leadership that it will take to continue to lead our recovery from COVID-19 and create a stronger economy and a more equitable Virginia than Governor Northam, and I am honored to have his endorsement today,” said Terry McAuliffe. “As governor, I will work my heart out every day to build our economy back stronger, create good-paying jobs, and make sure our recovery lifts up all Virginians. We will accelerate Virginia’s minimum wage increase to $15 by 2024, make sure all Virginians have access to paid sick, family, and medical leave, invest in small businesses, and give every child access to a world-class education. The road of our continued recovery is long, but with our unmatched coalition and bold plans, I know we will get it done.”

Since launching his campaign in December, Terry has released big, bold plans to strengthen Virginia’s education system and dramatically increase teacher pay, help secure Virginia’s economic recovery from COVID-19reform our criminal justice system to create a more equitable Virginia, ensure Virginians have access to regular nutritious meals, address the broken, predatory system of prescription drug pricingboldly confront the gun violence epidemicmake Virginia the best state in the nation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Healthcare (STEM-H) and computer science education, tackle the housing crisis in the Commonwealth and invest in Virginia’s workforce to create a more equitable post-COVID economy, ensure Virginians have access to high-quality, affordable health caretackle climate change and secure Virginia’s clean energy future by 2035, and lift up Black Virginians as the Commonwealth rebuilds equitably from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Northam joins an unmatched, broad, and diverse coalition of over 250 endorsers that includes:

  • Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02)
  • Senate President Pro-Tempore L. Louise Lucas (Co-Chair of Terry for Virginia)
  • House Majority Leader Charniele Herring (Co-Chair of Terry for Virginia)
  • Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney (Co-Chair of Terry for Virginia)
  • House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (Fairfax County)
  • Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (Fairfax County, and Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church)
  • House Democratic Caucus Chair Rip Sullivan (Arlington and Fairfax Counties)
  • House Education Committee Chair Delegate Roslyn Tyler (Counties of Brunswick, Greensville, Lunenburg, Southampton, Sussex, and Cities of Emporia and Franklin)
  • House Transportation Committee Chair Delores McQuinn (Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Henrico, and City of Richmond)
  • House Appropriations Chair Luke Torian (Prince William County)
  • House Finance Committee Chair Delegate Vivian Watts (Fairfax County)
  • Senate Appropriations and Finance Committee Chair Janet Howell (Counties of Arlington and Fairfax)
  • Senator Lionell Spruill (Cities of Chesapeake and Norfolk)
  • Senator Adam Ebbin (Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and City of Alexandria)
  • Senator Barbara Favola (Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun Counties)
  • Senator Dave Marsden (Fairfax County)
  • Senator George Barker (Fairfax and Prince William Counties, and City of Alexandria)
  • Senator John Bell (Loudoun and Prince William Counties)
  • Delegate Angelia Williams Graves (City of Norfolk)
  • Delegate Alfonso Lopez (Arlington and Fairfax Counties)
  • Delegate Cliff Hayes, Jr. (Cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach)
  • Delegate Mike Mullin (Counties of James City and York, and Cities of Newport News and Williamsburg)
  • Delegate Alex Askew (City of Virginia Beach)
  • Delegate Don Scott (City of Portsmouth)
  • Delegate Mark Sickles (Fairfax County)
  • Delegate Kathleen Murphy (Fairfax and Loudoun Counties)
  • Delegate Karrie Delaney (Fairfax and Loudoun Counties)
  • Delegate David Reid (Loudoun County)
  • Delegate Chris Hurst (Radford City; Giles, Pulaski and Montgomery Counties)
  • House Cities, Counties and Towns Committee Chair Kaye Kory (Fairfax County)
  • Delegate Martha Mugler (Counties of York, Hampton, and Poquoson)
  • Delegate Steve Heretick (Cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Portsmouth)
  • Delegate Clint Jenkins (Cities of Chesapeake and Suffolk)
  • Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg (Henrico County)
  • Delegate Suhas Subramanyam (Loudoun and Prince William Counties)
  • Delegate Shelly Simonds (Newport News)
  • Former Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova
  • Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay
  • Arlington County Board of Supervisors Chair Matt de Ferranti
  • Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chair Penelope Gross
  • Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Member John Foust
  • Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Member Rodney L. Lusk
  • Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Member Walter L. Alcorn
  • Loudoun County Supervisor Kristen Umstattd
  • Prince William County School Board Chairman Babur B. Lateef
  • Prince George Board of Supervisors Chairman Floyd Brown, Jr.
  • Brunswick County Board of Supervisors Chair Dr. Barbara Harris-Jarrett
  • Brunswick County Board of Supervisors Member Bernard Jones
  • Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors Member Brenda Ebron-Bonner
  • Montgomery County Supervisor Mary Biggs
  • Prince Edward County Supervisor Jerry Townsend
  • Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors Member Pattie Cooper-Jones
  • Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors Member Dr. Odessa Pride
  • Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors Member Rudolph Jefferson
  • Sussex County Board of Supervisors Member Rufus E. Tyler
  • Sussex County Board of Supervisors Member Debbie Jones
  • Sussex County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chair Wayne Jones
  • Nottoway County Supervisor Sherman Vaughn
  • Greensville County Board of Supervisors Chair James Brown
  • Greensville County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Belinda Astrop
  • Greensville County Board of Supervisors Member Tony Conwell
  • Tazewell County Supervisor Maggie Asbury
  • Mayor Kenny Alexander (Norfolk)
  • Mayor McKinley Price (Newport News)
  • Mayor Donnie Tuck (Hampton)
  • Mayor Shannon Glover (Portsmouth)
  • Mayor Sherman Lea (Roanoke)
  • Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger (Manassas City)
  • Mayor Kelly Burk (Leesburg)
  • Mayor Earnest “Earnie” Porta Jr (Occoquan)
  • Mayor Ed Owens (South Boston)
  • Norfolk Vice Mayor Martin Thomas
  • Manassas City Vice Mayor Pamela Sebesky
  • Lynchburg Vice Mayor Beau Wright
  • Hampton City Vice Mayor Jimmy Gray
  • Norfolk City Councilor Courtney Doyle
  • Chesapeake Council Member Ella Ward
  • Hampton City Councilor Chris Snead
  • Hampton City Councilor Eleanor Weston Brown
  • Hampton City Councilor W.H. “Billy” Hobbs Jr.
  • Hampton City Councilor Chris Bowman
  • Portsmouth City Councilor Lisa Lucas-Burke
  • Alexandria City Councilwoman Redella S. “Del” Pepper
  • Alexandria City Councilman Canek Aguirre
  • Manassas City Councilmember Mark Wolfe
  • Manassas City Councilmember Ralph Smith
  • Manassas City Councilmember David Farajollahi
  • Norfolk City Councilor Mamie Johnson
  • Franklin City Councilor Linwood Johnson
  • Manassas Park City Councilor Darryl Moore
  • Covington City Councilor Raymond C. Hunter
  • Farmville City Councilman Brian Vincent
  • Bristol City Councilor Neal Osborne
  • Smithfield Town Councilor Valerie Butler
  • Leesburg Town Councilman Zach Cummings
  • Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano
  • Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney Anton Bell
  • Alexandria City Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter
  • Newport News City Commonwealth’s Attorney Howard Gwynn
  • Hampton School Board Chair Joe Kilgore
  • Suffolk City School Board Chair Dr. Judith Brooks-Buck
  • Portsmouth City School Board Member Costella Williams
  • King William County School Board Member Mark P. Lee
  • Chesapeake City School Board Member Dr. Patricia King
  • Fairfax County School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders
  • Arlington County School Board Member Barbara Kanninen
  • Montgomery County School Board Member Sue Kass
  • Sussex County School Board Member Doris Coleman Hamlin
  • Hampton Commissioner of Revenue Ross Mugler
  • Norfolk Commissioner of Revenue Evans Poston
  • Portsmouth Sheriff Michael Moore
  • Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron
  • Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid
  • Alexandria City Sheriff Dana Lawhorne
  • Arlington Sheriff Beth Arthur
  • Arlington Clerk of the Circuit Court and Former County Board Chair Paul Ferguson
  • Alexandria City Clerk of Court J. Greg Parks
  • Portsmouth Clerk of Court Cynthia Morrison
  • Manassas City Treasurer Patricia Richie-Folks
  • Roanoke Clerk of Court Steve McGraw
  • Newport News City Clerk of Court Angela Reason
  • Portsmouth Commissioner of Revenue Frankie Edmondson
  • Wise County Commissioner of Revenue Douglas Mullins
  • Portsmouth Treasurer Paige Cherry
  • Hampton Treasurer Molly Ward
  • Former Congressman Jim Moran (VA-08)
  • Former Congressman Lewis F. “L.F.” Payne (VA-05)
  • Former Senate Majority Caucus Chair, Arlington County Board Chair and Arlington County School Board Chair Mary Margaret Whipple
  • Former House Majority Leader C. Richard “Dickie” Cranwell (Roanoke County)
  • Former House Minority Leader and Charlottesville Mayor David Toscano
  • Civil Rights Leader, Former State Senator, and First Black Mayor of Richmond Henry L. Marsh
  • Former Virginia Beach Delegate and former United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia Bobby Mathieson
  • Former Virginia Beach Delegate Cheryl Turpin
  • Former Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim
  • Former Newport News Mayor Joe Frank
  • Former Alexandria City Mayor William “Bill” Euille
  • Former Alexandria City Mayor Allison Silberberg
  • Former Charlottesville Mayor Rev. Alvin Edwards
  • Former Lynchburg City Vice-Mayor Ceasor Johnson
  • Former Arlington County Board Chair Walter Tejada
  • Former Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes
  • Former Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette
  • Former Arlington County Board Chair John Milliken
  • Former Prince William County Supervisor Frank Principi
  • Former Virginia Beach City Councilor Amelia Ross-Hammond
  • Former Alexandria City Councilman WIllie Bailey Sr.
  • Former Alexandria City Councilman Tim Lovain
  • Former Virginia Beach City Councilor Louisa Strayhorn
  • Former Chesapeake City Councilor Dwight Parker
  • Former Roanoke County Sheriff Gerald Holt
  • Former Prince Edward County Sheriff Wesley Reed
  • Former Montgomery County School Board Member Connie Froggatt
  • Former 5th CD Congressional Candidate Roger Dean Huffstetler
  • Former DNC Member Steve Cochran (Montgomery County)
  • John Grisham, Best-selling author
  • Renee Grisham, Food security advocate
  • Carol Adams, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate and 2016 Richmond Times-Dispatch Person of the Year Honoree
  • Susan Payne, Community leader
  • Reverend Jackie Nophlin, Bristol community leader
  • Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs Sr., Petersburg faith leader
  • Rev. Jeffrey Dodson Sr., Petersburg faith leader
  • Rev. Dr. Rebecca Branch-Griffin, Petersburg faith leader
  • Rev. June Twyman, Petersburg faith leader
  • Rev. Dr. Claudie Grant Jr., Prince George faith leader
  • Rev. Dr. Jimmie L. Walker Sr., Dinwiddie faith leader
  • Bishop Michael V. Jackson Sr., Greene County faith leader
  • Rev. Darrin Hill, Petersburg Councilman
  • Rev. Dr. Emanuel Harris, Goochland County faith leader
  • Rev. Carl Hutchinson Jr., Former Lynchburg Mayor
  • Rev. Marian Johnson, Sussex County Board of Supervisors Member
  • Rev. Dr. Reginald C. Woodhouse, Hampton City School Board Member
  • Rev. Kenneth Crowder, Chesapeake faith leader
  • Dr. George Lyons, Petersburg faith leader
  • Dr. Willard Maxwell Jr., Newport News faith leader
  • Bishop Gordon Fields, Charlottesville faith leader
  • Rev. Samuel Warren, Chesapeake faith leader
  • Rev. Brandon Praileau, Norfolk faith leader
  • Pastor Robert Anthony, Orange County faith leader
  • Rev. Gloria Newsome-Brickhouse, Norfolk faith leader
  • Golden Bethune-Hill, Community Leader and Voting Rights Champion
  • James “JJ” Minor, Former Chair of Richmond City Democratic Committee
  • Gilbert Bland, Business Leader
  • Sandra Antoine, Community Leader
  • Jeffrey Charity, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate
  • Philomena Desmond-Ogugua, African Diaspora for Biden
  • Sherman Lea Jr., Community Leader
  • Milondra Coleman, Educator
  • John Elliott, Surry County Community Leader
  • Mark Johnson, Business Leader
  • Jones N. Williams, Community Leader
  • Hope Harper, Community Leader
  • Antonio Brown, Community Leader
  • Linda Brown, Community Leader
  • Linwood Fisher, Norfolk Community Leader
  • Debra Church, Isle of Wight Community Leader
  • Angela Hollingsworth, Portsmouth Community Leader
  • Yasmine Charles, Community Leader
  • Frankye Myers, Health Professional
  • Charlie Hill, Community Leader
  • Charles Peek, Community Leader
  • Jan House, Community Leader
  • Bismark Agbemble, Community Leader
  • Kameron Gray, Student Government Association President at Virginia State University
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