Large Coalition of Hampton Roads Legislators Join Senate President Pro-Tempore L. Louise Lucas and Hampton Roads Mayors in Endorsing Terry McAuliffe for Governor

Terry is Building a Broad Base of Support for His Bold Agenda to Invest in Education and Create a More Equitable Virginia

MCLEAN, VA – Senator Lionell Spruill and Delegates Don Scott, Cliff Hayes, Alex Askew, Mike Mullin, Martha Mugler, and Steve Heretick today endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor. In their endorsement, these powerful leaders touted Terry’s big, bold vision to create a more equitable Virginia, make an unprecedented investment in education, and ensure all Virginians benefit from the Commonwealth’s post-COVID economic recovery. These Hampton Roads legislators join Senate President Pro-Tempore L. Louise Lucas, four Hampton Roads-area mayors, and a growing coalition of Virginia leaders who have already endorsed Terry for Virginia.

Terry’s large and growing coalition of prominent Hampton Roads-area supporters includes:

  • Senate President Pro-Tempore L. Louise Lucas (Cities of Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin and Emporia, and Counties of Brunswick,Isle of Wight, Southampton, Greensville, Sussex and Surry) (Co-Chair of Terry for Virginia)
  • Senator Lionell Spruill (Cities of Chesapeake and Norfolk)
  • 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 Martha Mugler (Counties of York, Hampton, and Poquoson)
  • Delegate Steve Heretick (Cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Portsmouth)
  • Mayor Kenny Alexander (Norfolk)
  • Mayor McKinley Price (Newport News)
  • Mayor Donnie Tuck (Hampton)
  • Mayor-Elect Shannon Glover (Portsmouth) 

“For too long, our society has left too many Black and Brown communities behind. As our next governor, Terry will act big and think boldly to get things done for communities of color,” said Senate President Pro-Tempore L. Louise Lucas (Cities of Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin and Emporia, and Counties of Brunswick, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Greensville, Sussex and Surry). “As the co-chair of Terry for Virginia, I’m proud to welcome my General Assembly colleagues to this campaign. I’ve known Terry for a long time and I know Virginians can count on him to deliver for us, just as he has so many times before.”

“Terry McAuliffe understands systemic racism is alive and we have an opportunity right now to end it if we act big and bold during our recovery. Terry knows Black and Brown Virginians have been disproportionately affected by the criminalization of marijuana,” said Delegate Don Scott (City of Portsmouth). “I was proud to join him in calling for full legalization of marijuana and making sure communities of color and those unjustly affected by the criminal justice system are front and center. Today I am proud to endorse Terry and his bold vision for a more equitable Virginia.”

“Black and Brown communities have faced the disproportionate impacts of economic policies that left them out of the decision-making process. This pandemic has made that even worse and that is why any COVID recovery plan must be big and bold,” said Senator Lionell Spruill (Cities of Chesapeake and Norfolk). “I am proud of Terry’s commitment to make sure communities of color in our Commonwealth are front and center in his bold vision for a post-COVID recovery. It is exactly what we need right now to lead us out of this crisis and come back better than ever before.”

“While he was governor, I saw firsthand how Democrats in the General Assembly did not have a better friend in Virginia than Terry McAuliffe. Terry fought for Medicaid expansion, creating new jobs, and investing boldly in our education system,” said Delegate Cliff Hayes, Jr (Cities of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake), Chair of the House Communications, Technology and Innovation Committee . “That is why I know he will fight boldly for big investments in our education system and building the post-COVID economy. I am ready to work with him again and our new Democratic majority in the House of Delegates.” 

“If anything, this year has demonstrated how critical it is for Virginia to finally tackle criminal justice reform. The new Democratic majorities in the General Assembly have made great progress but we need to go further,” said Delegate Mike Mullin (Counties of James City and York, and Cities of Newport News and Williamsburg). “We need Terry’s big, bold vision and experience leading our Commonwealth through a criminal justice revolution. When he was governor, he restored voting rights for 173,000 Virginians who were being disenfranchised by a racist Jim Crow-era law. I know Terry will bring that bold vision to the Governor’s office again and use this as an opportunity to address racial disparities in our criminal justice system.”

“Virginia right now needs a leader who sees these tough times we are going through as an opportunity to push our Commonwealth forward. We need a big and bold vision that lifts up young people, communities of color, and hardworking families,” said Delegate Alex Askew (City of Virginia Beach). “Terry McAuliffe has that vision. He has rolled out big, bold education and COVID recovery plans that will help us create the post-COVID economy. It is time we treat our educators as the essential workers they are, and that is what Terry will do.”

“I’m supporting Terry McAuliffe for Governor because he shares my passion for improving public education and he knows how vital the link is between education, jobs, and rising incomes,” said Delegate Martha Mugler (Counties of York, Hampton, and Poquoson). “Now more than ever we need a Governor who has the experience to get it done.” 

“I’m endorsing Terry McAuliffe today because I know he won’t tinker around the edges. From education to economic recovery, Terry has already demonstrated he will think big and bold when it comes to making sure Virginians come out of this pandemic better than we were before,” said Delegate Steve Heretick (Cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Portsmouth). “When he was governor, Terry fought the Republicans to invest in education, and now we have an opportunity to go big on education with Democrats in the majority. Terry will go big and bold for Virginia’s future.”

Since launching his campaign less than two weeks ago, Terry has unveiled bold plans to strengthen Virginia’s education system and create an equitable post-COVID economy. As governor, Terry will get teacher pay above the national average for the first time in Virginia history, expand preschool to every 3 and 4-year old child in need, and get every single Virginia student online. He will also take 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. 

“Creating a strong post-COVID economy means addressing the disparities that have held back Black and Brown communities for far too long. We’ve got to think big and act boldly if we want to give every Virginia child a world-class education and create good jobs and economic opportunities that lift people up,” said Terry McAuliffe. “I’m honored today to have the endorsements of these strong Hampton Roads leaders and I look forward to working together to deliver a more equitable future for Hampton Roads and communities across the Commonwealth.”

These Hampton Roads-area leaders join a growing coalition of support for Terry McAuliffe for governor. To date, Terry has also received the support of House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, House Majority Leader Charniele Herring (Co-Chair of Terry for Virginia), 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, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney (Co-Chair of Terry for Virginia) and Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea. 

To learn more about Terry’s vision for Virginia, visit www.TerryMcAuliffe.com.

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