Nearly Four Dozen Black Leaders Endorse Terry McAuliffe for Governor, Join Unmatched Coalition of 250+ Virginia Leaders - Terry McAuliffe

Nearly Four Dozen Black Leaders Endorse Terry McAuliffe for Governor, Join Unmatched Coalition of 250+ Virginia Leaders

Terry’s Campaign to Create A More Equitable Commonwealth Earns Support of Key Black Leaders and Community Stakeholders

As Governor, Terry Will Defend and Advance Civil Rights, Ensure Equitable Access to Quality Health Care and A World-Class Education, Fight Housing Discrimination & Create Opportunities for Black Virginians to Build Wealth

MCLEAN, VA – Nearly four dozen Black leaders and community stakeholders from across Virginia today endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor, citing Terry’s dedication to creating a more equitable Virginia and his bold Lifting Black Virginians plan. This new group of leaders endorsing Terry include voting rights champion Golden Bethune-Hill, Prince Edward County Supervisor Patti Cooper-Jones, Hampton City Vice Mayor Jimmy Gray and Newport News City Commonwealth’s Attorney Howard Gwynn. 

These leaders join more than 100 Black Virginia leaders who have already endorsed Terry’s campaign for governor, including Terry for Virginia campaign co-chairs President Pro Tempore L. Louise Lucas, Majority Leader Charniele Herring, and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. Terry has also received support from civil rights leader, former state senator, and the first Black Mayor of Richmond, Henry L. Marsh, and 11 members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. His supporters also include more than 40 young, Black professional and student leaders, leaders from every corner of the Commonwealth and support from all 133 of Virginia’s cities and counties.

Terry for Virginia’s growing coalition of Black leaders now includes new endorsers: 

  • Hampton City Vice Mayor Jimmy Gray
  • Newport News City Commonwealth’s Attorney Howard Gwynn
  • 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
  • Sussex County School Board Member Doris Coleman Hamlin
  • Brunswick County Board of Supervisors Chair Dr. Barbara Harris-Jarrett
  • Brunswick County Board of Supervisors Member Bernard Jones
  • Norfolk City Councilor Mamie Johnson 
  • Franklin City Councilor Linwood Johnson
  • Manassas Park City Councilor Darryl Moore
  • Covington City Councilor Raymond C. Hunter
  • Newport News City Clerk of Court Angela Reason
  • Former Virginia Beach City Councilor Louisa Strayhorn
  • Former Chesapeake City Councilor Dwight Parker
  • 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
  • Lynchburg City Former Vice-Mayor Ceasor Johnson
  • 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 

“I am so proud to join Terry in his fight for a more equitable Virginia. Now is the time for strong leadership to make real change, and Terry has proven that he can make that happen. His comprehensive Lifting Black Virginians Plan builds on his strong record and details exactly how he will take on the systemic racism that continues to exist in our society,” said Hampton City Vice Mayor Jimmy Gray. “The reality is that there is a racial wealth gap that is only getting worse, and Black Virginians have been impacted the most by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Terry is dedicated to overcoming that as governor by accelerating the path to a $15 minimum wage, supporting Black-owned businesses and banks, promoting diversity in financial fields, and combating mortgage lending discrimination to ensure Black Virginians become homeowners.”

“Systemic racism in our criminal justice system continues to disproportionately target and impact Black Virginians. While Black Virginians represent 20% of our population, they represent 55% of the incarcerated population in Virginia’s state correctional facilities,” said Manassas Park City Councilor Darryl Moore. “With the release of his Lifting Black Virginians plan, Terry has made it clear he has bold ideas to continue to reform our criminal justice system and break down the systemic racism within it by ensuring accountability and transparency of law enforcement misconduct. He will work to improve confidence in law enforcement by increasing diversity and focusing on procedural justice, and promote community policing rather than the militarization of law enforcement. I am proud to support him to be Virginia’s next governor.”

“The glaring racial disparities in our health care system are unacceptable and have always troubled me. The statistics speak for themselves: Black Americans are more likely to experience chronic illnesses and die prematurely, and Black women are 3 times more likely to die due to pregnancy-related complications,” said Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors Member Pattie Cooper-Jones. “Terry McAuliffe has shown that he is dedicated to taking these racial inequities in health care head-on with his new Lifting Black Virginians plan. His comprehensive, bold ideas envision a health care system that is accessible and responsive to Black Virginians by lowering premiums, promoting health literacy, diversifying the health care workforce, and combating maternal mortality. I am so thrilled to have a gubernatorial candidate who is fighting for the health of Black Virginians, and I am proud to stand with him.” 

“I am honored and proud to have these respected leaders and community stakeholders from across Virginia join my broad and unmatched coalition of support to create a stronger, more equitable Virginia as we continue to recover from COVID-19,” said Terry McAuliffe. “With the help of these leaders, we will make unprecedented investments in our education system, expand protections for workers, and tackle the systemic discrimination that has prevented Black Virginians from accessing homeownership and generating wealth for generations. As governor, I will use all the tools at my disposal to remedy the wrongs of the past and build a more equitable future for all Virginians.” 

Last week, Terry released his bold new Lifting Black Virginians agenda, a comprehensive roadmap for how he will fight to create a more equitable Commonwealth. Terry will continue to build on his work as Virginia’s 72nd governor by taking a holistic approach to ending systemic racism and lifting the barriers that have disproportionately impacted Black Virginians in health care, energy policy, criminal justice reform, education, and more. As governor, Terry will build a health care system that is accessible and responsive to Black Virginians by lowering premiums, promoting health literacy, diversifying the health care workforce, and combating maternal mortality. He will fight for environmental justice, including promoting equitable land use, ensuring equitable access to green spaces, and diversifying Virginia’s clean energy workforce. And he will deliver equitable access to a world-class education for every Black student. 

He will fight to protect and expand Virginians’ right to vote by spearheading registrar reform and ensuring that Virginia permanently enshrines the automatic restoration of voting rights in the constitution during his first year in office. Recent events have also demonstrated the continued need to increase police accountability and build better trust between communities and law enforcement. Terry will work to address this as governor by strengthening accountability and transparency, especially in incidents of misconduct, increasing funding for community policing and police accountability initiatives, improving training and expanding body-worn camera programs. Terry will also work to improve identification, reporting and enforcement of hate crimes and protect LGBTQ+ Black Virginians.

Terry’s bold policy agenda builds on his strong track record of upending the status quo and fighting for a more equitable Virginia. As Virginia’s 72nd governor, Terry boldly reversed a racist Jim Crow law that was created to disenfranchise Black Virginians, and restored voting rights to 173,000 Virginians — more than any governor in American history. He issued a record 227 pardons to right the wrongs of unjust and discriminatory sentences, reformed Virginia’s juvenile justice system, worked to improve police-community relations, and fought for millions of dollars of investments in mental health screenings and services to help keep Virginians out of the criminal justice system.

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-19, reform 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 pricing, boldly confront the gun violence epidemic, make 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 care, tackle 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.

These leaders join 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)
  • Delegate 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.
  • Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors Member Brenda Ebron-Bonner
  • Montgomery County Supervisor Mary Biggs
  • Prince Edward County Supervisor Jerry Townsend 
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hampton School Board Chair Joe Kilgore
  • Fairfax County School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders 
  • Arlington County School Board Member Barbara Kanninen
  • Montgomery County School Board Member Sue Kass
  • 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
  • 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 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 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 
  • Kameron Gray, Student Government Association President at Virginia State University

To read more about Terry’s big, bold plans for Virginia’s future, visit www.TerryMcAuliffe.com.

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