“I am announcing my support for Terry McAuliffe, only the second time I have endorsed a Democrat candidate for Governor of Virginia. I am supporting Terry because the stakes in this election are so high for the future of our economy and the future of our citizens and communities. I believe Terry will lead from the middle of the road focusing on the economy and jobs, education – K-12 and higher education, the environment, and public safety. Terry has shown that he is committed to working across the aisle to tackle the difficult challenges Virginians face. We saw this earlier this year when he rallied support for Governor McDonnell’s bipartisan transportation compromise, and we continue to see this as Terry travels across the state meeting with business and community leaders regardless of political affiliation to discuss mainstream ways to grow our economy and create jobs in the Commonwealth. With six grandchildren I want to be sure that young Virginians will be able to look forward to exciting job opportunities and a great quality of life. I believe that as Governor Terry will work to ensure that Virginia is a leader in the global economy and that our citizens and communities prosper.”
Judy Ford Wason served in the Reagan administration’s Inter-Governmental Affairs Office where she worked with state legislatures on the President’s federalism initiative as well as with Governors to eliminate sex discrimination in state laws. Wason helped organize Virginians for Bob McDonnell for Governor and has served as Republican National Committee Woman and managed successful Senate Campaigns for Paul Trible and John Warner. She has been active in nonprofit fundraising and served as Vice President for University Advancement at Christopher Newport University. During her time in leadership positions in the Republican Party, she had the opportunity to mentor young Karl Rove as he got his start in Virginia politics in the 1970′s.