Terry McAuliffe for Governor

Virginians for McAuliffe

A Note From Our Co-Chairs | Meet the Co-Chairs of 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.

A Message from our Co-Chairs:

Virginians for McAuliffe is 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. Terry will focus on issues that matter most to Virginians, like jobs and the economy, education, transportation, healthcare, and public safety.

Terry chose to come to Virginia twenty-one years ago, and with his wife Dorothy, has raised their five children here. Over the past several years, he has traveled to every corner of the state to gather good ideas that both parties can support.

Terry’s leadership on transportation was an important moment where he demonstrated that he’s more interested in results than partisanship. He encouraged Democrats to support the Republican Governor’s transportation bill because he thought it was an important step forward for Virginia. No matter your position on the transportation bill, Terry’s leadership in encouraging passage is an indication he will to get things done in Virginia in a bipartisan manner.

We believe our next Governor should always put Virginia first in the tradition of Linwood Holton, John Dalton, and Mark Warner. We invite all Virginians who agree to please join us in supporting Terry McAuliffe for Governor.

To read more about Terry’s platform for a stronger Virginia, click here. Join us today in supporting Terry by signing-up for Virginians for McAuliffe using the form to the right. Thank you.

Virginians for McAuliffe Co-Chairs:

Vince Callahan
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.

John Chichester
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.

Jim Dillard
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.”

Russ Potts
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).

John Sherman
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.

Katherine Waddell
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
Republican Strategist

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:

David Addison
Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager at Sandy Spring Trust and Director of Virginia FREE
Panny Rhodes
Former Republican Delegate
Bob Bloxom
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
Bob Blue
Senior Vice President-Law, Public Policy and Environment at Dominion Resources
Pamela Reynolds
Richmond cultural arts supporter
Preston Bryant
Former Republican Delegate and former Secretary of Natural Resources
Mike Schewel
Former Secretary of Commerce and Trade
Whitt Clement
Former Secretary of Transportation and former member of the Virginia House of Delegates
Buford Scott
Chairman of BB&T Scott & Stringfellow and former Chairman of Virginia FREE
Bill Hall
Vice President of Executive Communications at Dominion Resources and Chairman of Equality
Bruce Thompson
Founder and CEO of GoldKey PHR
Jimmy Hazel
Principal at Angler Environmental, Chairman of Virginia FREE, and former Chairman of the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries
Jim Ukrop
Partner at New Richmond Ventures
Linwood Holton
First Republican Governor of Virginia since Reconstruction
Earle Williams
Former President & CEO of BDM International
Milt Peterson
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
Bill Leighty,
Chief of Staff to Gov. Warner and Gov. Kaine
Wayne Turnage,
Chief of Staff to Gov. Kaine

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