Virginians for McAuliffe
The purpose of Virginians for McAuliffe is to build a bipartisan coalition of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents from across Virginia who are committed to electing a Governor who will bring people together to focus on mainstream solutions to the issues that are important to all Virginians.
Virginians for McAuliffe Co-Chairs:
Republican Former Delegate
Vince Callahan was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1967 and retired in 2008 after 40 years, becoming the longest serving Republican member of the General Assembly and the dean of the Northern Virginia delegation as well as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Having worked with eleven Governors during his tenure, Callahan co-chaired the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation during Virginia’s observance of the 400th anniversary of the founding of America’s first permanent English colony in Virginia in 1607.
Republican former State Senator
John Chichester served in the Senate of Virginia as President Pro Tempore and Chairman of its budget-writing Finance Committee until his retirement in 2008 after nearly 30 years in the legislature. The Stafford native chaired the Commission on the Future of Higher Education and was named Governing magazine’s 2004 “Public Official of the Year.” Under Chichester’s leadership and working in a bipartisan fashion with the House and the Governor, Virginia was designated as the nation’s best-managed state as well as the “best state for business” based on its low taxes, responsible fiscal management, and quality workforce.
Republican former Delegate
Jim Dillard served in the Virginia House of Delegates for 32 years with a distinguished record of support for education and natural resources. He chaired the House Education Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education. The U.S. Navy veteran previously had 30-year career in education as a teacher and principal in Fairfax County. Dillard also chaired the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and initiated the largest growth in parks and conservation activities in Virginia's history, for which the Chesapeake Bay Foundation named him “Legislator of the Year.”
Republican former State Senator
Russ Potts served 16 years in the Senate of Virginia, chairing the Health and Education Committee. He was named “Senator of the Year” by 13 different organizations, including the Virginia Sheriff’s Association and the Virginia Education Association. Potts began his professional career as a sports journalist with The Winchester Star and the Loudoun Times Mirror. He was the first Director of Sports Marketing in the history of collegiate athletics and later served as Vice President of the Chicago White Sox. Potts is a member of six Halls of Fame, including the National Sports Marketing Hall of Fame (2012) and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (2004).
Former CEO and Vice Chairman, Scott & Stringfellow
John Sherman has close to 40 years in financial industries capped by serving as President and CEO of Scott and Stringfellow from 1996-2002 and Vice Chairman from 2002-2005. Active in the community, John has served on various boards in healthcare and education such as the VCU Health System, Trigon, and the board of Visitors of VCU. He has chaired various efforts such as The Community Foundation, The Management Roundtable, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Independent former Delegate
Katherine Waddell is a lifelong Virginia Republican who has worked within the party, worked for Republican candidates as well as for Republican officeholders for many years. She is a strong proponent of the Republican principles of limited government, individual freedom and the right to privacy and currently serves on the national board of the Republican Majority for Choice. In 2005, Waddell ran and won a seat in the House of Delegates as an Independent. She is married with 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters and one grandson. She is a moderate mainstream community leader who is committed to Terry McAuliffe for Governor of Virginia.
Judy Ford Wason
Judy Ford Wason served in the Reagan administration’s Inter-Governmental Affairs Office where she worked with state legislatures on the President's federalism initiative as well as with Governors to eliminate sex discrimination in state laws. Wason directed a bipartisan Virginians for Mark Warner for Governor campaign and helped organize Virginians for Bob McDonnell for Governor. She has served as Republican National Committee Woman and managed successful Senate Campaigns for Paul Trible and John Warner. She has been active in nonprofit fundraising and served as Vice President for University Advancement at Christopher Newport University. During her time in leadership positions in the Republican Party, she had the opportunity to mentor young Karl Rove as he got his start in Virginia politics in the 1970's.
Virginians for McAuliffe Other Members:
Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager at Sandy Spring Trust and Director of Virginia FREE
Former Republican Delegate
Form Republican Delegate and for Secretary of Natural Resources
|Richard S. “Major” Reynolds
President of the Richard S. Reynolds Trusts and Richard S. Reynolds Foundation
Senior Vice President-Law, Public Policy and Environment at Dominion Resources
Richmond cultural arts supporter
Former Republican Delegate and former Secretary of Natural Resources
Former Secretary of Commerce and Trade
Former Secretary of Transportation and former member of the Virginia House of Delegates
Chairman of BB&T Scott & Stringfellow and former Chairman of Virginia FREE
Vice President of Executive Communications at Dominion Resources and Chairman of Equality
Founder and CEO of GoldKey PHR
Principal at Angler Environmental, Chairman of Virginia FREE, and former Chairman of the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries
Partner at New Richmond Ventures
First Republican Governor of Virginia since Reconstruction
Former President & CEO of BDM International
Principal and Chairman of the Peterson Companies
|David K. McCloud,
Chief of Staff to Gov. Robb and Gov. Baliles
|Andrew B. Fogarty,
Chief of Staff to Gov. Baliles
|Leonard L. Hopkins Jr.,
Chief of Staff to Gov. Baliles
Chief of Staff to Gov. Warner and Gov. Kaine
Chief of Staff to Gov. Kaine