McAuliffe makes final community college stop

September 7, 2013

RICHMOND —Gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe can scratch one thing off his campaign bucket list after making his 23rd and final stop at a Virginia community college.

The former Democratic National Committee chairman, who faces Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) in the race for governor, set out to visit every one of the commonwealth’s community college campuses as part of his campaign. He made his final visit Friday at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in suburban Richmond.

McAuliffe has highlighted the schools as “engines of workforce development,” places where Virginians can take their first steps in higher education or retool as federal budget cuts threaten the state’s defense-heavy economy.

Accompanied by U.S. Sen. Timothy M. Kaine, McAuliffe looked through a microscope in a science lab, admired welding equipment and quizzed administrators on what he could do as governor to help them. He took diligent notes in a notebook and assured college officials that he would take the notes with him when he becomes governor.

McAuliffe also launched a new TV ad Friday highlighting his interest in community colleges. The 30-second spot, titled “As Governor,” opens with businesspeople from around the state expressing the need for a skilled and educated workforce.

“I’ll work with Democrats and Republicans to create jobs,” McAuliffe says in the ad. “My jobs plan strengthens community colleges, making career-ready classes more affordable and available. We’ll join with businesses to train students for jobs that exist, and create opportunities for returning veterans. Working together, we can put jobs first.”

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.
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