Terry McAuliffe Heads Into First Gubernatorial Debate With Unmatched Coalition of Support - Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe Heads Into First Gubernatorial Debate With Unmatched Coalition of Support

More Than 250 Leaders from Across the Commonwealth Have Endorsed Terry’s Big, Bold Plans to Create a More Equitable Virginia
MCLEAN, VA – Since launching his campaign in December, Terry McAuliffe has built an unmatched broad, diverse, and expansive coalition of support from across the Commonwealth for his big, bold vision to create a more equitable post-COVID Virginia. As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will work to move Virginia forward by accelerating the minimum wage increase to $15 by 2024, working with the Biden Administration to lower health care premiums, and making an unprecedented investment to give every Virginia child equitable access to a world-class education.
To date, Terry’s campaign – led by campaign Co-Chairs Senate President Pro-Tempore L. Louise Lucas, House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney – has been endorsed by more than 250 prominent leaders from across Virginia. His supporters include many members of the General Assembly and Legislative Black Caucus, more than 40 young, Black professional and student leaders, leaders from every corner of the Commonwealth, as well as major national labor organizations, including the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). 
Terry has proposed more than a dozen 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 Healthcare (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, and tackle climate change and secure Virginia’s clean energy future by 2035 and Lift up Every Black Virginian.
Terry will be joined at the debate by his wife and childhood nutrition champion Dorothy McAuliffe, as well as the following Virginians as his official guests: 
Eric Branch: Terry restored Eric’s rights when he was governor, and Eric joined Terry in 2016 when Terry announced he would individually restore voting rights to hundreds of thousands of Virginians, after Republicans repeatedly sued him to try to stop him. In December, Eric also joined Terry in a virtual conversation about second chances alongside Lenny Singleton, who Terry pardoned as governor and has received national attention for the incredibly harsh nature of his sentence. Eric has been featured in a number of videos and events during the campaign. Just last week, Eric was featured in a newdigital video ad, “Right Thing,” where he says, “I ended up going to prison in 1988. I was trying to get fast money to support and take care of my family and I felt that I deserved a second chance. Terry McAuliffe, he has proven himself to be a leader and to push for change for individuals.” 
Dr. Milondra Coleman: Dr. Coleman, a history teacher at John Marshall High School and the former President of the Richmond Education Association, joined Terry in December at his campaign launch speech at Miles Jones Elementary School in Richmond, where he announced his plan to make the biggest, boldest investment in education in Virginia history. She was also featured in the first digital video ad of the 2021 cycle, “All in.” In the ad, Dr. Coleman outlines why she is “all in” for Terry and his plan to make the biggest, boldest investment in education in Virginia. She says, “Two of the things I’m really excited about: one is the fact that [Terry] is going to increase teacher salaries. The fact that we are 50th in the country, out of 50 states, that’s just unacceptable. We are going to exceed the national average as far as teacher salaries are concerned. And I don’t know any educator who won’t be excited about that. The second piece is that we are going to see schools fully funded. So if you are concerned about improving education? I gotta tell you, Terry McAuliffe is the man with the plan. He’s the man who can get the job done. I’m all for it. I’m all in.
Yasmine Charles: Yasmine served in the Navy for nine years but ended up homeless, living out of her GMC Jimmy while attending Norfolk State University (NSU). Yasmine met Terry at the Vetshouse in Virginia Beach in 2016. The following year, he recognized Yasmine’s powerful story in his commencement address at her NSU graduation ceremony. In February, Terry held a Facebook Live conversation on housing security and education with Yasmine and she was featured in a video, “Yasmine,” spotlighting her story and experience with homelessness in Virginia. In the video, regarding Terry’s NSU commencement address, Yasmine Charles says: “It was a very special moment for me, let me tell you why. These are the words he said to the audience, he said: ‘she was always cheerful even in the tough times. Yasmine, you are the reason I get up and work so hard every single day.’ As a Haitian immigrant, as a Black woman, and as a veteran, I feel like I have gotten such an emotional beatdown, and going back to those words from the governor just reminded me of what real leadership looks like and sounds like. He is someone who is about uplifting the people that he serves and that’s what he did for me. He cared about me as a homeless veteran, and I know he will care about the rest of us as Virginians.
Kameron Gray: Kameron Gray is a junior at Virginia State University majoring in Political Science and Mass Communications. He serves as the University’s current Student Government Association president, and is a member of the NAACP as well as the Trojan Activities Board. He also represents VSU as a member of the Student Advisory Committee for the State Council of Higher Education For Virginia. Under Mr. Gray’s leadership, the Student Government Association was able to provide VSU students with technology stipends to assist students with remote learning during COVID-19. 
Terry McAuliffe’s unmatched, broad, and diverse coalition of over 250 endorsers include:
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy PelosiFormer Secretary of State Hillary ClintonCongresswoman 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 BulovaFairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKayArlington County Board of Supervisors Chair Matt de Ferranti Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chair Penelope GrossFairfax County Board of Supervisors Member John FoustFairfax County Board of Supervisors Member Rodney L. LuskFairfax County Board of Supervisors Member Walter L. AlcornLoudoun County Supervisor Kristen UmstattdPrince 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-BonnerMontgomery County Supervisor Mary BiggsPrince Edward County Supervisor Jerry Townsend Nottoway County Supervisor Sherman Vaughn Greensville County Board of Supervisors Chair James BrownGreensville County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Belinda AstropGreensville County Board of Supervisors Member Tony ConwellTazewell County Supervisor Maggie AsburyMayor 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 ThomasManassas City Vice Mayor Pamela SebeskyLynchburg Vice Mayor Beau WrightNorfolk City Councilor Courtney DoyleChesapeake Council Member Ella WardHampton City Councilor Chris SneadHampton City Councilor Eleanor Weston BrownHampton City Councilor W.H. “Billy” Hobbs Jr.Hampton City Councilor Chris BowmanPortsmouth City Councilor Lisa Lucas-BurkeAlexandria City Councilwoman Redella S. “Del” Pepper Alexandria City Councilman Canek AguirreManassas City Councilmember Mark Wolfe Manassas City Councilmember Ralph SmithManassas City Councilmember David FarajollahiFarmville City Councilman Brian Vincent Bristol City Councilor Neal OsborneSmithfield Town Councilor Valerie ButlerLeesburg Town Councilman Zach CummingsFairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve DescanoHampton Commonwealth’s Attorney Anton BellAlexandria City Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan PorterHampton School Board Chair Joe KilgoreFairfax County School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders Arlington County School Board Member Barbara KanninenMontgomery County School Board Member Sue KassHampton Commissioner of Revenue Ross MuglerNorfolk Commissioner of Revenue Evans PostonPortsmouth Sheriff Michael MooreNorfolk Sheriff Joe BaronFairfax County Sheriff Stacey KincaidAlexandria City Sheriff Dana LawhorneArlington Sheriff Beth ArthurArlington Clerk of the Circuit Court and Former County Board Chair Paul FergusonAlexandria City Clerk of Court J. Greg ParksPortsmouth Clerk of Court Cynthia MorrisonManassas City Treasurer Patricia Richie-FolksRoanoke Clerk of Court Steve McGrawPortsmouth Commissioner of Revenue Frankie EdmondsonWise County Commissioner of Revenue Douglas MullinsPortsmouth Treasurer Paige CherryHampton Treasurer Molly WardFormer 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 WhippleFormer 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. MarshFormer Virginia Beach Delegate and former United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia Bobby MathiesonFormer Virginia Beach Delegate Cheryl TurpinFormer Norfolk Mayor Paul FraimFormer Newport News Mayor Joe FrankFormer Alexandria City Mayor William “Bill” EuilleFormer Alexandria City Mayor Allison SilberbergFormer Charlottesville Mayor Rev. Alvin Edwards Former Arlington County Board Chair Walter TejadaFormer Arlington County Board Chair Mary HynesFormer Arlington County Board Chair Jay FisetteFormer Arlington County Board Chair John MillikenFormer Prince William County Supervisor Frank PrincipiFormer Virginia Beach City Councilor Amelia Ross-HammondFormer Alexandria City Councilman WIllie Bailey Sr.Former Alexandria City Councilman Tim LovainFormer Roanoke County Sheriff Gerald HoltFormer Prince Edward County Sheriff Wesley Reed Former Montgomery County School Board Member Connie FroggattFormer 5th CD Congressional Candidate Roger Dean HuffstetlerFormer 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 leaderRev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs Sr., Petersburg faith leaderRev. Jeffrey Dodson Sr., Petersburg faith leaderRev. Dr. Rebecca Branch-Griffin, Petersburg faith leaderRev. June Twyman, Petersburg faith leaderRev. Dr. Claudie Grant Jr., Prince George faith leaderRev. Dr. Jimmie L. Walker Sr., Dinwiddie faith leader Kameron Gray, Student Government Association President at Virginia State UniversityHampton City Vice Mayor Jimmy GrayNewport News City Commonwealth’s Attorney Howard GwynnPrince Edward County Board of Supervisors Member Pattie Cooper-JonesPrince Edward County Board of Supervisors Member Dr. Odessa PrideIsle of Wight County Board of Supervisors Member Rudolph JeffersonSussex County Board of Supervisors Member Rufus E. TylerSussex County Board of Supervisors Member Debbie JonesSussex County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chair Wayne JonesSussex County School Board Member Doris Coleman HamlinBrunswick County Board of Supervisors Chair Dr. Barbara Harris-JarrettBrunswick County Board of Supervisors Member Bernard JonesNorfolk City Councilor Mamie Johnson Franklin City Councilor Linwood JohnsonManassas Park City Councilor Darryl MooreCovington City Councilor Raymond C. HunterNewport News City Clerk of Court Angela ReasonFormer Virginia Beach City Councilor Louisa StrayhornFormer Chesapeake City Councilor Dwight ParkerSuffolk City School Board Chair Dr. Judith Brooks-BuckPortsmouth City School Board Member Costella WilliamsKing William County School Board Member Mark P. LeeChesapeake City School Board Member Dr. Patricia KingLynchburg City Former Vice-Mayor Ceasor JohnsonGolden Bethune-Hill, Community Leader and Voting Rights ChampionJames “JJ” Minor, Former Chair of Richmond City Democratic CommitteeGilbert Bland, Business LeaderSandra Antoine, Community LeaderJeffrey Charity, Criminal Justice Reform AdvocatePhilomena Desmond-Ogugua, African Diaspora for BidenSherman Lea Jr., Community LeaderMilondra Coleman, EducatorJohn Elliott, Surry County Community LeaderMark Johnson, Business LeaderJones N. Williams, Community LeaderHope Harper, Community LeaderAntonio Brown, Community Leader Linda Brown, Community LeaderLinwood Fisher, Norfolk Community Leader Debra Church, Isle of Wight Community LeaderAngela Hollingsworth, Portsmouth Community Leader Yasmine Charles, Community LeaderFrankye Myers, Health ProfessionalCharlie Hill, Community LeaderCharles Peek, Community LeaderJan House, Community Leader Bismark Agbemble, Community Leader 
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