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McAuliffe to Pick Up Support in Alexandria
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McAuliffe to Pick Up Support in Alexandria

Former governor to receive key endorsements from prominent city officials.

Former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, left, is one of several Alexandria endorsements the McAuliffe campaign will soon announce. "Terry has the experience and proven leadership to make sure we tackle the housing crisis Virginians will continue to face as we recover," says Euille.

Former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, left, is one of several Alexandria endorsements the McAuliffe campaign will soon announce. "Terry has the experience and proven leadership to make sure we tackle the housing crisis Virginians will continue to face as we recover," says Euille. Photo by Michael Lee Pope.

As the spring campaign season heats up, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is about to receive endorsements from prominent Alexandria elected officials in the hotly contested Democratic primary for governor. A spokesman for McAuliffe tells the Gazette Packet the campaign will soon announce the following endorsements:

  • Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Porter
  • Councilwoman Del Pepper
  • Councilman Canek Aguirre
  • Former Mayor Bill Euille
  • Former Mayor Allison Silberberg
  • Sheriff Dana Lawhorne
  • Clerk of Court Greg Parks
  • Former Councilman Willie Bailey
  • Former Councilman Tim Lovain

These current and former local officials join House Majority Leader Charniele Herring of Alexandria, who has a leadership position in the campaign as co-chair of Terry for Virginia. McAuliffe has already received the endorsement of Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, Sen Adam Ebbin (D-30) and Sen. George Barker (D-39).

“I am so honored to have the support from these Alexandria leaders for my plans to create a more equitable Commonwealth,” said McAuliffe in a written statement. “As governor, I will work with these leaders to take big, bold action to make unprecedented investments in our education and workers, and to tackle the inequities that have plagued communities of color in our commonwealth for far too long."

McAuliffe is seeking to return to the Executive Mansion next year, and he's facing four opponents in a hotly contested Democratic primary this June: Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-2), Del. Lee Carter (D-50), Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-9).

The latest endorsements from McAuliffe illustrate a split among elected officials in Alexandria. The Carroll Foy campaign has the support of Councilwoman Amy Jackson and Councilman Mo Seifeldein. And the McClellan campaign has the support of Mayor Justin Wilson, Councilman John Taylor Chapman and School Board member Jacinta Green. Mayor Wilson was part of McClellan's initial campaign rollout last summer.

“Jenn is not flashy, and she quietly goes to work and achieves impressive policy results,” said Wilson, who has known McClellan for 25 years. “This session is a great example. She was able to put on the scoreboard some very significant progressive policy reforms in a session when a lot of other things were going on.”