|Letter to the Editor in Richmond Times-Dispatch: “I know that McAuliffe has bold plans to combat the challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces and I am excited by what he can accomplish with a Democratic legislature”|
MCLEAN, VA – Terry McAuliffe traveled to the cities of Harrisonburg and Charlottesville this weekend to meet with local community leaders, faith leaders, and small business owners to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them and how Terry will make Virginia a national leader in the post-COVID recovery.
Terry McAuliffe will continue to meet with Virginians to discuss the critical issues at stake in this election. This week, Terry will host a roundtable with educators in Richmond and visit small businesses and faith institutions across the Commonwealth.
Daily News-Record: McAuliffe Meets With Black Heritage Project Leaders By Jessica Wetzler 5/24/21
Former governor Terry McAuliffe met Saturday with several local leaders to hear about how the Valley’s Black history is being preserved and the nonprofit organizations working to tell those stories.
McAuliffe is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in this year’s election.
One of the organizations he visited Saturday was the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project, which was founded in 2013 because President Robin Lyttle felt a need to help her community after the death of Trayvon Martin, she said.
Executive Director Monica Robinson said that in the beginning, the project’s members worked toward teaching local history and conducted numerous in-person and written interviews to be compiled with research.
“Our history is normally told through the eyes of people who don’t know us,” she said. By having the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project, Robinson said history often not fully seen can be kept and preserved in a safe place, such as the project’s building off of Hill Street.
“The community is important to us,” she said.
During the visit, Lyttle told McAuliffe about their latest work involving publishing a book called “We Honor Those We Served.” Lyttle said the book features eight local soldiers who served in the military.
The project has also published “African-American Property-Ownership in Downtown Harrisonburg 1850-1860,” and “In Their Words: Growing Up In Segregated Staunton and Augusta County, Virginia.”
A project the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project will be working on in the fall focuses on creating a yearbook for the former Lucy F. Simms School, now named the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center.
Robinson told McAuliffe the school never had a yearbook and this fall they plan to create one for the former students.
“We need to make those wrongs right,” she said. “Their history is important. We need to give them back the history they deserve.”
Following the discussion, McAuliffe joined members of the project in a tour of Newtown Cemetery, where Simms is buried.
Simms was a well-known educator in Harrisonburg who taught generations of African American children while living in the area for six decades.
The cemetery tour was a full-circle moment for McAuliffe, who four years ago signed legislation to require Virginia to maintain and preserve historic Black cemeteries much like what was done for Confederate soldiers.
The law was created to help fund maintenance of approved African American cemeteries, but Newtown is not one that received funding, according to Robinson.
Robinson said those who maintain Newtown Cemetery applied for the funding one year, but did not continue seeking approval.
As part of McAuliffe’s campaign for governor, he released a digital ad on May 7 detailing his previous work seeking state funding to preserve historic African American cemeteries in Virginia.
McAuliffe has also released several other plans, such as creating opportunities for Black Virginians and providing a quality education for every child, according to his campaign.
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Letter to the Editor: McAuliffe’s support for LGBTQ+ rights lauded By Charley Conrad, 5/22/2021
As states around the country seek to restrict LGBTQ+ rights, particularly for transgender people, Virginia can and should be a leader in protecting these communities. We must elect a governor who will build on recent progress and ensure that Virginia is an inclusive place. I am excited to support Terry McAuliffe because I know he will champion LGBTQ+ rights.
McAuliffe has been a leader in promoting LGBTQ+ rights. As our 72nd governor, he fought tirelessly to make Virginia a more welcoming commonwealth. He was the first Virginia Democratic candidate to aggressively run on a pro-LGBTQ+ marriage equality platform. On his first day as governor, he signed Executive Order 1, prohibiting discrimination against any LGBTQ+ state employee, and he pledged to veto every bill that undermined the constitutional rights of LGBTQ+ individuals, a promise he kept. When same-sex marriage became legally recognized, McAuliffe signed an executive order directing state agencies to comply with the court ruling. He is proud of the fact that he was the first Southern governor in the nation to officiate a gay wedding.
I know that McAuliffe has bold plans to combat the challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces and I am excited by what he can accomplish with a Democratic legislature. I am pleased that he has promised to improve data collection so that LGBTQ+ communities can get the resources they need. Those areas require health care professionals and law enforcement personnel to complete cultural competency training to be responsive to the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals. Other resources needed are to expand legal protections for children in foster care, update the Virginia public school bullying policy and improve access to critical health services for LGBTQ+ people. I already have early voted for McAuliffe for the June primary, and I will be ready to early vote for him in the November general election.
NBC29 (Charlottesville): Terry McAuliffe visits Charlottesville By Andrew Webb, 5/22/2021
Democratic candidate for Governor Terry McAuliffe took some time to make a few stops around Charlottesville Saturday with a roundtable discussion at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church followed by a tour at Champion Brewery.
“We had about 15 African American ministers,” McAuliffe said. “We spent a lot of time talking about criminal justice reform.”
McAuliffe says giving people second chances in life is vital. While with the ministers, he said, the discussion led to how COVID-19 has impacted churches.
“They’re feeding people today,” he said. “They’re dealing with all the effects that have come out of COVID, and they really have been on the frontline and now they’re in COVID ministries to make sure that people are getting the vaccination so they really have picked up and been the leaders in our communities.”
“It’s the second time I’ve had to ask a request for a roundtable discussion, he did before when we had the white supremacists here, which says that he’s interested in this community, all across the commonwealth,” Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church’s Alvin Edwards said.
Following the roundtable discussion, McAuliffe toured Champion Brewery to learn about the impacts COVID-19 on small businesses. “How bad has COVID been for you?” McAuliffe asked Champion’s owners.
CBS19 (Charlottesville): McAuliffe makes campaign stop in Charlottesville By Miranda Mahmud, 5/22/2021
Former governor Terry McAuliffe made his way to Charlottesville to speak with different members of the community.
He made his first stop at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church for a private roundtable discussion with the clergy. Later, McAuliffe took a tour of Champion Brewery and discussed how he intends to help local businesses recover from the pandemic if he is elected as governor again. “How can we at the state level help you stay in business, be successful, and more importantly how can we lift all those businesses that have gone under during COVID. It’s been devastating,” McAuliffe said.
McAuliffe is running as a Democrat in the gubernatorial race. He will run against Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin, who recently won the GOP nomination. The Democratic primary election for governor will be on June 8.
Fox 5 (DC): On the Hill: Terry McAuliffe By Tom Fitzgerald, 5/23/2021
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe joins the show to discuss his new run for governor in the Old Dominion.