Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman running for Virginia governor, announced on Friday a team of campaign co-chairmen from across the state.
They are: Rep. Gerry Connolly, Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw of Fairfax, state Sen.A. Donald McEachin of Henrico, Sen. Mamie E. Locke of Hampton, Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, outgoing state Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran, Del. Alfonso Lopez of Arlington, Del. Jennifer McClellan of Richmond, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova, former delegate Shannon Valentine of Lynchburg, and Wise County Clerk of Court Jack Kennedy.
“I am proud to have the support of leaders across Virginia who are working for mainstream solutions to grow our economy,” McAuliffe said in a prepared statement. “I intend on running a campaign that will unite Virginians who share my focus of putting job creation and common sense fiscal responsibility above divisive partisan crusades.”
“Because of his experience and priorities, Terry McAuliffe will be an excellent Governor who is focused on job creation and common sense fiscal responsibility in Virginia,” Connolly said in a statement. “We need the next Governor to bring people together for mainstream solutions and that’s exactly why I am supporting Terry.”
McAuliffe so far has the Democratic field to himself in next year’s race to succeed Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), who is barred by the state constitution from serving consecutive terms.
Former congressman Tom Perriello, currently at the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, has quietly approached prominent Democrats in recent weeks to let them know that he is at least considering a run, according to party operatives in Virginia. Perriello himself has not responded to several requests from The Washington Post for comment.
The Republican field narrowed this week as Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling dropped out, a move expected to clear the way for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II to secure the GOP nomination. Vintner and White House gate-crasher Tareq Salahi also is running as a Republican, but he is not widely viewed as a serious threat.