RICHMOND, Va. — Today, candidate for governor Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) released the following statement responding to the nomination of Glenn Youngkin as the Republican candidate for Governor.
“It’s no surprise that a party that nominated their statewide candidates in a closed-door convention would nominate an candidate with a campaign built on attacking voting rights,” McClellan said. “Glenn Youngkin’s Trump-style politics have no place in the highest office in our Commonwealth. After the generational progress we’ve made in the General Assembly, Virginia cannot move backwards.
“I’m ready to contrast my 15-year record of delivering progress for Virginia with Glenn Youngkin’s plans to undo progress and bring Trumpism to Richmond. Virginia voters want a leader with the experience to build on the progress we’ve made on day one and the perspective to make sure that no community is left behind. That’s why my campaign’s grassroots momentum has grown over every corner of the Commonwealth. I bring the record, vision, and tenacity that will defeat Republican extremism at the ballot box this November.
“Since day one, I’ve spent my career fighting Republican-led efforts to restrict access to voting rights and health care. I’m proud to have carried some of the most consequential legislation reversing GOP-era policies that hurt communities across Virginia, like the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, the bill creating the state health exchange, the Reproductive Health Protection Act in more.
“As Governor, I will protect the progressive change we have achieved over the past few years and usher in a new chapter for Virginia. I’ll take historic action on fully funding Virginia’s education system, making comprehensive reforms to our justice system, rebuilding our economic system to make Virginia number one for both business and workers, and more. It’s time to build a Commonwealth where no community and no Virginian is left behind, and that’s exactly what I’ll do as governor.”