Richmond Times-Dispatch

Dels. McQuinn, Tyler endorse McAuliffe’s bid for a 2nd term

- BY ANDREWCAIN acain@timesdispa­ (804) 649-6645 Twitter: @AndrewCain­RTD

Two more veteran members of the Virginia Legislativ­e Black Caucus are throwing their support to former Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s bid for a second term in the Executive Mansion.

Dels. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, and Roslyn Tyler, D-Sussex, endorsed McAuliffe on Thursday, a day after he formally kicked off his campaign with an appearance at a Richmond elementary school.

McAuliffe’s three announced competitor­s for the Democratic nomination are African Americans — state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond;

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-Prince William; and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

The former governor is showcasing his support among African American leaders, including his three campaign chairs, House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria; Senate President Pro Tempore Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth; and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, who served as secretary of the commonweal­th during the first two years of McAuliffe’s term.

McQuinn, who heads the House Transporta­tion Committee, also is a House representa­tive on the state’s new redistrict­ing commission. She has served in the House since 2009 and previously was a member of the Richmond School Board and City Council.

McQuinn said in a statement that McAuliffe mentioned to her about two years ago that he was thinking about running again and she promised him her support.

“Today, we are facing unpreceden­ted challenges and I believe our statewide recovery will require a leader who is ready to act big and boldly for all Virginians,” McQuinn said. “He is a proven leader who has been particular­ly committed to improving the plight of those who have been left out and left behind for far too long.”

Tyler, head of the House Education Committee, is a former member of the Sussex County Board of Supervisor­s who has served in the House since 2006.

Tyler said in a statement: “We are already seeing this pandemic is having disastrous impacts on our kids’ education, particular­ly among Black and brown students. I am proud to endorse Terry McAuliffe for governor today because he has demonstrat­ed he knows exactly what our education system needs: going big and acting boldly.”

Sen. Lionell Spruill, D-Chesapeake, also backs McAuliffe.

Fellow members of the Legislativ­e Black Caucus who have endorsed McClellan include Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton; and Del. Jeff Bourne, D-Richmond.

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