November 30, 2022

Virginia candidates and political parties discuss post-primary strategy

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Just a day after primary, attack announcements are being made and the race for Virginia governor is officially underway as we count until November.

From political star power to campaign contributions and outside influences, the next few months should be busy.

“People don’t want the same old policies that didn’t work when he was governor. I mean, he got the job, ”said Virginia governor candidate Glenn Youngkin (right).

Virginia Republicans have been in office statewide for over a decade and it’s an uphill battle for the man at the top of their list. Glenn Youngkin is hoping voters see recent policies and laws passed by Democrats as what he calls “extreme things outside of Richmond.”

“We are not going to achieve critical race theory in our schools and we are absolutely going to move forward with school choice and charter schools,” Youngkin said.

Youngkin says his priorities include funding police and protecting qualified immunity. He also wants to give small businesses a tax holiday to rebound from the pandemic.

“We have made tremendous progress over the past eight years and we cannot afford to go back. All eyes are on Virginia, ”said Susan Swecker, President of the Virginia Democratic Party.

After the primary, the Democrats are now united behind Terry McAuliffe. The former governor said the key to success this fall lies in the progress they have made in power. Top touts for Democrats include the expansion of Medicaid, paid sick leave for essential workers, and easier access to the vote.

“Terry will build on this process and create a thriving post-COVID economy that will uplift all Virginians,” Swecker said.

McAuliffe has raised around $ 15 million in total. Youngkin withdrew $ 16 million with about $ 12 million in loans from his own bank account.

Early voting begins September 18.

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