Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe spoke to the crowd during the "Blue Wave Rally" at Prince William Country fairgrounds in 2018.

Democratic elected officials from Prince William County and Manassas announced their endorsement of Terry McAuliffe for governor on Thursday. 

The list includes Prince William County School Board Chairman Babur Lateef and former Prince William County supervisor Frank Principi; Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta Jr.; and several Manassas City Councilmembers, including Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger, Vice Mayor Pamela Sebesky, Treasurer Patricia Richie-Folks, and Councilmen Mark Wolfe, David Farajollahi and Ralph Smith. 

Del. Luke Torian, D-52nd, and Sen. John Bell, D-13th, have already announced their support for McAuliffe. 

McAuliffe is one of five Democrats running for governor this year. Two candidates for governor, former state delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy and Del. Lee Carter, D-50th, are from Prince William County. Sen. Jennifer McLellan, D-9th, and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax are also in the race.

McAuliffe is leading the Democratic field in fundraising, having amassed more than $5.7 million in his campaign coffers as of earlier this month. Carroll Foy is in far second place in fundraising, reporting nearly $1.9 million.

Davis-Younger said in a press statement released this morning that McAuliffe will bring “bold, experienced leadership” to Virginia as the state continues to address the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lateef said in the same statement that McAuliffe would “continue the work of the [Gov. Ralph] Northam administration with a $2 billion annual investment in K-12.” 

“As our children have faced unprecedented challenges during the pandemic that have exacerbated disparities in education, our next governor needs to act boldly to build on this administration’s effort make sure every Virginia child has access to an equitable, world-class education,” Lateef said. “... Now is the time to invest in our students.”

In a Thursday press statement, McAuliffe touted his past accomplishments as governor, including the restoration of rights for 173,000 Virginians, and said that he would “put equity” at the center of his campaign. McAuliffe previously served as Virginia governor from 2014 to 2018.

“Now is not the time to tinker around the edges. We have to use this as an opportunity to put an end to the unjust practices that have targeted Black and Brown Virginians for centuries, eliminate disparities in our kids’ education, and break down the barriers holding communities of color back,” McAuliffe said. “As Virginia's next governor, I will put equity at the forefront of everything I do.”

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someone

McAuliffe, McCabe and Hillary. Three peas in a pod. No thank you.

Hawkeye10

Three nuts in a sack.

Catharpin411

Ick, awful, terrible...the county is headed in the wrong direction as they kowtow to unions and builders who enjoy tiny and ineffective proffers which guarantee higher taxes for us.

"That man" will tax us the death, insist on subservience to him and his kind while paving over everything EXCEPT those areas next to their home.

Gross times ahead except for mindless robots.

Epistilographos

"Equity" seems to mean equality of results, not equality under law. Or it means raising taxes, increasing spending, and regulations, or whatever Mr. McAuliffe and his allies want it to mean. I don't want Prince William County to look like Portland.

JosephGeorge4Neabsco

Not going to look like Portland because we’ve established with our local law enforcement what our expectations are for Protecting and Serving the residents of this County. You’re welcome.

weouchere

Nevermind my previous comment - you are an idiot.

JosephGeorge4Neabsco

It must be nice to not have to hide behind hoods when you express you nonsense views, instead hiding behind a fake name. So scared.

Hawkeye10

The CULTure of incestuous politics continues, and "We the people," lose.....

Again.

JosephGeorge4Neabsco

Which “we” are you referring to? I feel great at the direction of our County, our Commonwealth, and our Country.

weouchere

Really? You must be an idiot.

JosephGeorge4Neabsco

So scared hood boy.

Hawkeye10

CCP 123

Its a new class they are offering at NOVA.

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