Virginia’s nominees for governor, Ken Cuccinelli II (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D), should come forth with their agendas for children on their Web sites and in speeches and debates. They speak about the need for quality education, but it is difficult for a hungry, homeless, sick or abused child to take advantage of a quality learning environment. These are the difficult circumstances that make politicians uncomfortable, because they don’t know what to do. Given these children’s weak or nonexistent political clout, politicians often pass nothing and do little.

In May, Gov. Robert F. McDonnelllaunched “Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1000,” designed to find forever families for more than 1,300 Virginia children in foster care. The governor is to be commended for this bold initiative.

I challenge and implore Mr. McAuliffe and Mr. Cuccinelli to step up, be bold and listen to the voters who demand action for Virginia’s vulnerable children. Mr. Cuccinelli and Mr. McAuliffe have plenty of time to act before the election. Children in trouble are counting on them, and so are discerning voters.

Mark Riley, Arlington