McAuliffe launched his marketing campaign exterior of an elementary college named after Richmond’s first African American college board chair and was flanked completely by Black supporters, together with a former member of his cupboard — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney — and Louise Lucas, the primary Black girl to function president professional tempore of the Virginia Senate.
“We want him to raise the Black neighborhood from the crippling pandemic as a result of he is aware of that it has hit Black communities and brown communities tougher than anybody else,” Lucas mentioned, “We want him to deliver his power and daring imaginative and prescient for Virginia for our post-Covid restoration.”
McAuliffe, who served from 2014 to 2018, is looking for to change into the primary Virginia governor to serve a second time period in almost a half century. Virginia doesn’t permit its governors to serve consecutive phrases, and the state is one in all solely two — New Jersey being the opposite — that holds its quadrennial gubernatiorial election within the 12 months after presidential contests.
McAuliffe highlighted his expertise main the commonwealth for 4 years whereas concurrently railing towards “the previous Richmond strategy.”
“People, it is time for a brand new Virginia means,” he mentioned.
McAuliffe has a popularity as a prodigious fundraiser and has some built-in benefits given his lengthy historical past in Democratic circles, together with a detailed friendship with the Invoice and Hillary Clinton. He additionally determined towards a 2020 presidential bid and mentioned he wouldn’t search a submit within the Biden administration, opening him as much as run for governor.
McAuliffe additionally promoted his schooling platform, promising to make sure common web entry for Virginia college students and to lift trainer pay above the nationwide common.