WHAT VIRGINIANS SAW THIS WEEK: Terry McAuliffe Announced Powerful Endorsements From Across Virginia and Released Plan on Food Security as Part of Bold COVID Recovery Agenda

Terry Received Endorsements from Eight Hampton Roads Legislators and the Former & Current Chairs of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

MCLEAN, VA – In this short holiday week, Virginians across the Commonwealth saw more prominent leaders endorse Terry McAuliffe for governor, and learned about Terry’s plan to ensure Virginians have access to regular nutritious meals as part of his bold agenda to create an equitable post-COVID economy. From Hampton Roads to Fairfax County, Terry is continuing to build a broad and diverse coalition in support of his bold vision for Virginia’s future.

Just today, former and current Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairs Sharon Bulova and Jeff McKay today endorsed Terry. These leaders from Virginia’s most populous locality are supporting Terry because of his big, bold vision to make an unprecedented investment in education, secure Virginia’s post-COVID economic recovery, and create a more equitable Virginia. 

Terry also received powerful endorsements this week from Senator Lionell Spruill and Delegates Don Scott, Cliff Hayes, Alex Askew, Mike Mullin, Martha Mugler, and Steve Heretick. In their endorsement, these Hampton Roads-area 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 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 continued to expand his bold policy agenda this week, releasing a plan on Tuesday to ensure Virginians have access to regular nutritious meals as part of his bold agenda to create an equitable post-COVID economy. As governor, Terry will expand participation in federal child nutrition programs, grow access to local foods, strengthen “food as medicine” programs, and establish a Food Security Council for the Commonwealth. Also on Tuesday, Terry and Dorothy McAuliffe volunteered at a local Manassas food bank and thanked frontline workers helping Virginians during the pandemic.

On Monday, Terry had a moving conversation about second chances and investing in Virginia’s future with Lenny Singleton and Eric Brach, two Virginians who Terry pardoned during his tenure as Virginia’s 72nd governor. Lenny Singleton’s story has received national attention for the incredible unfairness of his sentence and Terry’s pardon of him. Eric joined Terry in 2016 when he announced he would individually restore voting rights to hundreds of thousands of Virginians who had been unfairly disenfranchised for far too long. Eric recently shared his story, saying: “to be able to vote now means that I’m voting on things in the future: better schools, better education for the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

As governor, Terry issued a record 227 pardons, including for many Virginians who received excessive and unjust sentences. He also reversed a racist Jim Crow-era law and restored voting rights to 173,000 Virginians — more than any governor in U.S. history. 

Below is a highlight of the coverage Virginians saw this week:

Virginian-Pilot: Letters for Dec. 20: State Del. Martha Mugler endorses Terry McAuliffe for governor

By Delegate Martha Mugler, 12/19/2020

From the moment I declared my candidacy for delegate, to the first bill I introduced as a freshmen legislator, my top priority has been to fully fund public education and give our teachers a well-deserved pay raise. This is one of the many reasons I’m supporting Terry McAuliffe for governor.

McAuliffe shares my passion for improving public education and knows how vital the link is between education, jobs and rising wages. Education will be the key to Virginia’s post-COVID-19 future and economic recovery; and is the most critical issue facing our next governor.

Virginia Scope: McAuliffe announces large coalition of Hampton Roads endorsements

By Brandon Jarvis, 12/21/2020

Terry McAuliffe announced several new endorsements on Monday morning as he is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for Governor in 2021. McAuliffe is currently competing with Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), former Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Prince William), and current Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax for the nomination.

As the candidates vie for support from influential figures across the Commonwealth, seven Hampton Roads legislators and four mayors announced this morning that they will be supporting McAuliffe’s candidacy. In addition to Virginia Senate President Pro-Tempore L. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), who is co-chair of the McAuliffe campaign, Senator Lionell Spruill and Delegates Don Scott, Cliff Hayes, Alex Askew, Mike Mullin, Martha Mugler, and Steve Heretick say they will be supporting McAuliffe for Governor.

“As the co-chair of Terry for Virginia, I’m proud to welcome my General Assembly colleagues to this campaign,” said Senator Lucas. “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.”

Since launching his campaign, McAuliffe has unveiled plans that he says will strengthen Virginia’s education system and create an equitable post-COVID economy.

Blue Virginia: Terry McAuliffe Releases Food Security Plan to Ensure Virginians Have Access to Regular Nutritious Meals

12/22/2020

The following is from the Terry McAuliffe for Governor campaign on an important topic – “ensur[ing] Virginians have access to regular nutritious meals” and to combat food insecurity, which has been worsening due to the COVID-19 pandemic pandemic and the economic problems that have resulted from the pandemic. This is clearly a problem that Virginia’s next governor is going to be dealing with, so it’s good to be making plans now.

InsideNOVA: Fairfax Board Chair McKay endorses McAuliffe for governor

12/23/2020

McKay said in a statement that he believes McAuliffe will help the state recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Local governments have experienced the brunt of this pandemic, and we need our next governor to have big and bold ideas,” McKay said in a release from the McAuliffe campaign. “Terry will use this pandemic as an opportunity to recover and push Virginia and our county forward. He will work with local governments and the Democratic majorities in Richmond to boldly invest in our education system, go big in our COVID recovery, and fight for equity for all.”

Bulova, who stepped down as chair of the Fairfax board a year ago, cited McAuliffe’s education plan in her endorsement. 

“Virginia’s next governor will face tremendous challenges as our commonwealth recovers from this pandemic and its economic effects,” she said. “We need someone who sees the full scope of the task at hand, someone who thinks big and acts boldly, someone who will use this as an opportunity to push Virginia forward.”

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