McClellan Statement on Governor Northam’s Endorsement of Terry McAuliffe


McClellan: ‘Virginians aren’t looking backward; they’re looking forward’


RICHMOND — Today, candidate for governor Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) released the following statement on Gov. Ralph Northam’s endorsement of former Gov. Terry McAuliffe:


WATCH: McClellan’s speech today at the Maggie Walker statue in Richmond 


“Virginia has the worst record of electing women in America, and our Commonwealth has never elected a Black woman to statewide office. This year, Virginians are ready to make history.


“It’s no surprise to see one governor endorse another. But this election is up to the voters of Virginia. Virginians aren’t looking backward; they’re looking forward. They are ready for a governor to address the challenges they are facing now. They are looking for who is going to get them back to work, who is going to get their kids back to school, who is going to ensure their students are receiving a high quality education regardless of the zip code or neighborhood they live in. 


“Virginians are looking for a new perspective: the perspective of a mother, a Black woman and a leader driving progress for 15 years in Richmond. Women – and especially women of color – have been the driving force behind the progress in Virginia over the past decades, and Virginia is ready to meet this moment.


“I’m running for governor to bring our perspective to the governor’s office and to use my experience to rebuild the Commonwealth in a way that lifts all communities. With more experience than all of my opponents combined, I’m ready to bring a new generation of leadership to the governor’s office on day one.”