Mayors Cite Terry’s Big, Bold Vision for Education, COVID Recovery, and Building a More Equitable Virginia
MCLEAN, VA – Hampton Roads-area Mayors Kenny Alexander (Norfolk), McKinley Price (Newport News), Donnie Tuck (Hampton), and Mayor-Elect Shannon Glover (Portsmouth) today endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor, citing his bold vision for education, COVID recovery, and building a more equitable Virginia. Since launching his campaign last week, Terry has released big, bold plans to strengthen Virginia’s education system by dramatically increasing teacher pay and addressing inequities in education, and help secure Virginia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and create a more equitable future.
“Cities across the Commonwealth have faced the brunt of this pandemic: our businesses have been reduced, our hospitals have been filled, and our workers have been laid off. We need a governor who will continue to oversee our recovery by thinking big and acting boldly, and that’s why I am proudly endorsing Terry McAuliffe to be our next governor” said Mayor Kenny Alexander (Norfolk). “I have worked alongside Terry to create a stronger and fairer Norfolk economy and I know he is the leader who will use this moment as an opportunity to help cities like Norfolk recover better than we were before.”
“After this pandemic is under control and we begin our recovery process, families in Newport News are still going to need a strong partner in the governor’s office who is ready to go big and lift all Virginians up. We need Terry McAuliffe as our next governor,” said Mayor McKinley Price (Newport News). “Terry has already outlined his bold vision for education and for supporting our economic recovery from this pandemic, and he has made racial equity a cornerstone of those plans. He will make sure we push for a more equitable Virginia and address inequalities that have plagued our communities for generations. Terry gets it and I am proud to endorse him today.”
“The only way to address the inequities that have held back Black and Brown communities for generations is to think big and be bold in our approach. We have an opportunity right now to rebuild a better Virginia, and we must choose the leader with the vision and experience to do just that. That leader is Terry McAuliffe,” said Mayor Donnie Tuck (Hampton). “From securing record education funding to restoring voting rights for hundreds of thousands of Virginians, I know we can count on Terry to lift up communities of color in the City of Hampton and all over the Commonwealth.”
“Our next governor must have a clear plan to address disparities in our society head on and unify our communities. From education to economic prosperity, Terry McAuliffe has shown his big and bold vision will center around bringing down the inequities that Virginians have faced for far too long,” said Mayor-Elect Shannon Glover (Portsmouth). “Terry thinks big and bold. I’m excited to see the vision and energy that he will bring to the governor’s office.”
“It’s an honor to have the support of Mayors Kenny Alexander, McKinley Price, Donnie Tuck, and Mayor-Elect Shannon Glover. These mayors have faced some of the biggest challenges this year, but they have taken bold action to keep their cities and communities safe and support their recovery,” said Terry McAuliffe. “This campaign is about going big and being bold to rebuild a post-COVID economy that ends inequities for communities of color. It’s about making sure Virginia kids have an equitable, world-class education system. And we are building a broad and diverse coalition of support that will allow us to get it done together.”
Mayors Alexander, Price, Tuck, and Mayor-Elect Glover join a growing list of powerful Virginia leaders who are supporting Terry McAuliffe for governor, including Senate President Pro-Tempore L. Louise Lucas, House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, Senate Appropriations and Finance Committee Chair Janet Howell, House Appropriations Chair Luke Torian, House Education Committee Chair Delegate Roslyn Tyler, House Transportation Committee Chair Delores McQuinn, and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.
As governor, Terry will champion bold initiatives to strengthen our K12 education system and ensure all Virginia students have access to a world-class education. He will dramatically increase teacher pay and get it above the national average for the first time in Virginia history, get every Virginia student online, and expand preschool access to all 3 and 4-year old children in need. Terry will also build on the strong efforts of Governor Northam and his administration to create an equitable post-COVID economy by taking bold and decisive action to create jobs, protect workers, invest in mental health services, and rebuild Virginia’s thriving network of small businesses, particularly Black and Brown-owned businesses.
In Hampton Roads, Terry inherited a Port of Virginia that was losing more than $120 million dollars over five years before he took office in 2014. As a result of Terry’s leadership, the Port had an operating profit for the first time in 7 years. Terry also helped bring businesses to Hampton Roads to help diversify the local economy after it was hard hit by sequestration, and bolstered the region by widening I-64 to decongest both the Peninsula and the route between Richmond and the region.
To learn more about Terry’s vision for Virginia, visit www.TerryMcAuliffe.com.