Eastern Shore Area Leaders Join Eastern Shore Native Governor Ralph Northam in Endorsing Terry McAuliffe for Governor - Terry McAuliffe

Eastern Shore Area Leaders Join Eastern Shore Native Governor Ralph Northam in Endorsing Terry McAuliffe for Governor

Eastern Shore Native Gov. Northam Welcomes Eastern Shore Leaders to Terry’s Unmatched Coalition of More than 325 Endorsers

MCLEAN, VA — Local elected officials and leaders from the Eastern Shore today endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor, joining Eastern Shore native Governor Ralph Northam and the Eastern Shore’s Congresswoman Elaine Luria, by citing Terry’s demonstrated leadership and bold vision to create a more equitable future for Virginians. The leaders endorsing Terry today include Accomack County Board of Supervisors Chair Ron Wolff, Accomack County Board of Supervisors Member C. Reneta Major, and Rev. Kelvin Jones from Northampton County.  

Terry’s growing, unmatched coalition includes more than 325 supporters from every corner of the Commonwealth, including campaign co-chairs Senate President Pro Tempore L. Louise Lucas, House Majority Leader Charniele Herring and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. Terry has also received endorsements from 36 Members of the General Assembly, 11 members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and more than 40 young, Black professional and student leaders. His campaign has been supported by nearly 120 educators across the Commonwealth and by Virginians from each of the Commonwealth’s 133 cities and counties.

Terry’s growing coalition of Eastern Shore area endorsers includes:

  • Governor Ralph Northam
  • Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02)
  • Accomack County Board of Supervisors Chair Ron S. Wolff 
  • Accomack County Board of Supervisors Member C. Reneta Major
  • Rev. Kelvin F. Jones (Northampton County)

“As an Eastern Shore native, I am so proud to welcome these leaders to Terry’s broad and diverse coalition of support. I endorsed Terry because our next governor needs to have the plans and experience to continue rebuilding a stronger, more equitable Virginia,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “I’ve worked with Terry for years and I have seen first-hand how he always fights for our Commonwealth and gets things done. The aftermath of this unprecedented pandemic will be with us for years to come and Virginians need Terry’s committed leadership to continue moving us forward and building on the incredible progress we have made over the past eight years to create a more equitable Commonwealth.”

“As we start to turn the corner on this unprecedented pandemic, one thing is for sure: we will continue to feel the effects of it for years to come. And Virginians need our next governor to be a proven, strong leader with bold plans, and a clear vision for the future of the Commonwealth,” said Accomack County Board of Supervisors Member C. Reneta Major. “Since day one of his campaign, Terry McAuliffe has been championing comprehensive and bold policies to ensure we rebuild a more equitable post-COVID Virginia. As governor, he will ensure Virginians have access to quality affordable health care, a world-class education, good-paying jobs, and so much more. That is why I couldn’t be happier to endorse his campaign.”

“I am proud to endorse Terry McAuliffe for governor because I know he will lift every Virginian up as he works to rebuild a more equitable post-COVID economy. Terry has a strong record fighting inequalities. As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, he reversed a racist Jim Crow era law that disenfranchised people who had been convicted of a felony by restoring voting rights to more than 173,000 Virginians,” said Rev. Kelvin Jones (Northampton County). “Terry will build on his record by making the restoration of voting rights permanent in Virginia’s constitution, reforming the criminal justice system, and ensuring all Virginians can accumulate generational wealth.”

“I am honored to have the support of these Eastern Shore leaders joining Governor Northam and our big, broad coalition of more than 300 leaders. As Virginia’s next governor, I will continue to lead Virginia on the road to recovery that the Northam Administration started and will create a post-COVID economy that lifts up all Virginians,” said Terry McAuliffe. “This is not a time to tinker around the edges. I know Virginia can make unprecedented investments in our education system, expand protections for workers, and take bold action to eradicate systemic inequities. I’m ready to work together with these leaders and the hundreds of others across the Commonwealth who have endorsed my campaign to get this done.”

Terry has also 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 Health Care (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, lift up Black Virginians as the Commonwealth rebuilds equitably from the COVID-19 pandemic, further advance LGBTQ+ rights, create a flourishing rural economy, and support entrepreneurial ecosystems in Virginia and rebuild an equitable post-COVID economy.

Terry’s unmatched, broad, and diverse coalition of over 325 endorsers includes:

  • Governor Ralph Northam
  • 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 Committee Chair Luke Torian (Prince William County)
  • House Finance Committee Chair Vivian Watts (Fairfax County)
  • House Privileges and Elections Committee Chair Marcus Simon (City of Falls Church and 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 Dan Helmer (Fairfax and Prince William 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
  • Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Chair James “Jim” Holland
  • 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
  • Henrico County Supervisor Tyrone Nelson
  • 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
  • Accomack County Board of Supervisors Member Vanessa Kay Johnson
  • Accomack County Board of Supervisors Member C. Reneta Major
  • 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
  • Richmond City Councilor Cynthia Newbille
  • Richmond City Councilor Stephanie Lynch
  • 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
  • Richmond School Board Member Liz Doerr
  • Richmond School Board Member Dawn Page
  • 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 Delegate Debra Rodman 
  • Former Delegate David Speck
  • Former Richmond City Council President Michelle Mosby
  • 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 
  • Rev. A. Lincoln James, Richmond faith leader 
  • Rev. 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
  • Pastor Kelvin Jones, Northampton 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
  • Buckingham County Supervisor Jordan Miles 
  • Grayson County Supervisor Brenda R. Sutherland 
  • Wise County Clerk of Court and Former Senator J. Jack Kennedy Jr.
  • Radford City Councilwoman Jessie Foster
  • Lee County Commonwealth’s Attorney H. Fuller Cridlin
  • Roanoke Treasurer Evelyn Powers
  • Washington County Treasurer Fred W. Parker
  • Franklin County School Board Member Jon Atchue
  • Pulaski County School Board Member Bill Benson
  • Former Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Basil Gooden
  • Former Franklin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Cliff Hapgood
  • Former Wythe County Supervisor Joe F. Hale
  • Former Lynchburg Vice-Mayor Ceasor Johnson
  • Former Farmville Councilman Carl Eggleston 
  • Former Congressional Candidate Claire Russo (Albemarle County)
  • Former House of Delegate Candidate and Former Chair of the Roanoke County Democratic Committee Carter Turner
  • Betty Zieger, Former Campbell Democratic Committee Chair
  • Frank Kober, Northumberland County Community Leader
  • Thomas “Tommy” R. Terry, Tree Farmer of the Year and Appomattox County Community Activist
  • Victoria Cochran, Montgomery County Community Leader 
  • Jo-Ann Helferstay, Campbell County Teacher 
  • LeRoy Helferstay, Campbell County Teacher
  • Victoria Meredith, Campbell County Teacher 
  • John Ramsey, Campbell County Veteran
  • Frank Merryman, Campbell County Veteran
  • Gerald Jackson, Campbell County Veteran
  • John Vincent, Campbell County Veteran
  • Daniel Tuck, Lynchburg Veteran
  • Matthew Gillett, University of Lynchburg Student Body President
  • Austin Litchford, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Student Leader 
  • Gabe Plichta, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Student Leader 
  • Anthony Saunders, University of Lynchburg Student Leader
  • Janae Edwards, University of Lynchburg Student Leader 
  • Delegate Suhas Subramanyam (Loudoun and Prince William Counties)
  • Herndon Town Councilor Naila Alam
  • Herndon Town Councilor Pradip Dhakal
  • Prince William County School Board Chair Dr. Babur Lateef
  • Loudoun County School Board Member Harris Mahedavi 
  • Prince Edward County School Board Member Dr. Peter Gur
  • Former Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Esther Lee
  • Former Virginia Beach School Board Member Leonard Tengco 
  • Dr. Ravi Chaudhary, Former Member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, Award-winning Epidemiologist and Health Economist 
  • Milan Dalal, Former Executive Director of the U.S. Senate India Caucus
  • Andrew Ko, Former Member of the Virginia State Board of Education 
  • Rumy Mohta, Former Member of the Virginia Asian American Advisory Board 
  • Anthony Gitaldo, Former Member of the Virginia Asian American Advisory Board 
  • Former Fairfax County Democratic Committee Chair Sue Langley
  • Jay Bhandari, Community Leader and Biden State Delegate 
  • Saman Aghaebrahim, Former Director of Asian American and Pacific Islander Outreach for Governor Ralph Northam 
  • Sreedhar NagiReddi, Former Candidate for Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
  • Kannan Srinivasan, Former Secretary of Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia
  • Alan Krishnan, Business Leader 
  • Jalmeen Soni, Community Leader and Biden State Delegate 
  • Nicholas Gu, Former President of Yorktown Young Democrats 
  • Radhika Murari, Business Owner 
  • Sahil Chaudhary, Young Professional 
  • Portsmouth School Board Chair Rev. Cardell Patillo
  • Martinsville School Board Chair Donna Dillard
  • Mecklenburg County School Board Member Gloria Smith
  • Dr. Patricia Turner, Member of the Norfolk 17 and Retired Educator
  • Dr. Algeania Freeman, Former President of Livingston College, St. Paul’s College, Wilberforce University, and Martin University
  • Carlton Ashby, Former Newport News School Board Member and Retired Educator
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