Virginia voters picking Democratic nominee for governor
Voters on Tuesday will decide the Democratic nominee in this year’s closely watched race for Virginia governor, whittling down a five-person field in which former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is widely viewed as having a commanding lead. McAuliffe, a longtime Democratic Party fundraiser who previously held office from 2014-2018, is seeking a rare return to the governor’s mansion in the only state that prohibits its chief executive from serving consecutive terms. The race in Virginia has taken on heightened importance as Democrats aim to hold onto power after assuming full control of state government in 2020.news.yahoo.com
In last debate, Terry McAuliffe’s opponents say he won’t inspire
Terry McAuliffe's opponents in the Democratic nomination contest for Virginia governor sought to make the case during a debate Tuesday that he won't energize voters in November, while the frontrunning former governor focused on his record and GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin.
Black women's next targets: Governorships and Senate seats
Jennifer McClellan remembers her parents' recounting life as Black Virginians enduring segregation and the trauma and triumph of the civil rights movement. “There weren’t a lot of role models ... examples of Black women” in power, said McClellan in an interview. McClellan's candidacy alongside fellow primary candidate Jennifer Carroll Foy demonstrates the rising political power of Black women, long a foundation of Democratic victories, and more recently, as candidates and officeholders, from Vice President Kamala Harris to mayors in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco.news.yahoo.com
Amanda Chase attacks Democrat Jennifer McClellan over leadership in Black caucus
The remarks about state Sen. Jennifer McClellan came during a campaign event, which Chase said took place Monday night. You know, Sen. McClellan, she is the vice chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus. “The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus has been a force for progress for decades - progress that has benefitted every community of the Commonwealth.”The day McClellan announced her bid for governor, Chase posted on social media: “She serves as the vice-chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. In an interview Tuesday, Chase said she stood by her remarks and called the Black caucus “racist.”Ad“They don’t represent all Virginia. They represent just Black Virginia,” she said.
Gov. Northam signs 80 bills, including abortion coverage measure
Ralph Northam announced Friday he had signed 80 new bills into law, including a measure that will end a ban on abortion coverage for insurance plans offered through the health benefits exchange in Virginia. Ad“These new measures will support working Virginians, boost civic engagement, and help us continue building a stronger, more inclusive Commonwealth,” Northam said in a statement. “I am grateful to the General Assembly for their hard work on these important issues, and I am proud to sign these bills into law.”The abortion legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jennifer McClellan and Del. Sally Hudson, undoes a ban enacted during Republican Gov. The legislation will allow insurers to cover abortion services but will not require them to do so.
Virginia educators push for more funding from General Assembly
Virginia lawmakers and educators are demanding the Virginia General Assembly ‘Fund our Future,’ calling for more money and resources. In a virtual press briefing on Monday, officials from the Virginia Education Association and Virginia PTA were joined by Sen. Jennifer McClellan and Del. Lashrecse Aird to ask the General Assembly to pass House Bill 1929, known as the School Equity and Staffing Act. It would provide more funding for high poverty schools and increase funding for school counselors and support staff. The bill would also give money to English-learning students and provide mentoring opportunities to new teachers.
2021 marquee contest: Virginia governor's race in high gear
Justin Fairfax directs the Senate at the Capitol, in Richmond, Va. An unusually broad field is vying to be the next governor of Virginia as the marquee political contest of 2021 gets into full swing. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)RICHMOND, Va. – An unusually broad field of candidates are vying for the governor's seat in Virginia as the marquee political contest of 2021 gets into full swing. The field of announced and likely candidates in the closely watched race is more diverse than anytime in modern history. “Folks, it is time for a new Virginia way,” he said at his campaign kick off in early December. The nomination fight, Kidd said, will be a key indicator of “whether or not the Trump fever has broken” among Virginia Republicans.
Terry McAuliffe launches campaign for second term as Virginia governor
Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has officially launched his campaign to reclaim his old seat, entering a Democratic primary field of progressive Black candidates. Foy and McClellan are both aiming to become the state's, and the nation's, first black woman governor. "While I respect Terry McAuliffe's service, he doesn't understand the problems Virginians face. A former political party boss and multi-millionaire, Terry McAuliffe is simply out of touch with everyday Virginians," she said in a statement released Tuesday night. "This is not against Terry McAuliffe or any man, for that matter," she said.cbsnews.com
A return of Gov. Terry McAuliffe? Former governor raises money more than declared candidates combined
ROANOKE, Va. – Although former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe hasn’t announced plans to run for governor, he certainly has far more funding than his would-be opponents. He previously announced that his political action committee, Common Good VA, raised $1.7 million in the first half of 2020. McAuliffe served as the Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. The Virginia Public Access Project sorted the data provided by the Virginia Department of Elections.
Democrat McClellan announces bid to be Virginia governor
(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)RICHMOND, Va. A Virginia state senator is launching a bid to be the state's next governor, which if successful would make her the nation's first African-American woman to ever lead a state. I have the understanding of where we are in this moment in time, how we got here ... and the vision to take Virginia forward, McClellan said. McClellan is one of several Democrats either officially running or eyeing a possible campaign for their party's nomination to succeed Gov. If she were to win the 2021 contest, McClellan would be Virginias first woman governor, the first African American female governor in the United States and only the second woman ever elected to statewide office in Virginia. I'm not running to make history, I am running to set Virginia on the course I think we need to go," she said.