Youngkin announces lawmakers, others helping with transition

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Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced Wednesday that he has gathered groups including lawmakers, law enforcement officials, business owners and others to coordinate transition work with the administration of outgoing Gov.

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Also among the scores of people calling Youngkin “the landing team” are health care experts, veterans, lawyers and early campaign supporters. Each team is headed by a Republican lawmaker.

The governor-elect said in a statement that the group would “conduct due diligence across all agencies” to help determine “how the government can begin to better serve Virginians and improve our lives on our first day with better schools, safer roads, less could begin to deliver on the promise of cost of living, and more jobs.”

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Northam Chief of Staff Clark Mercer said members of the Northam administration are meeting daily with Youngkin Transition representatives.

“Our staff are working to ensure that incoming administrations have the transition memos, agency interviews, and personnel lists they need to be successful. This is how change has to happen, and we are not just in the Commonwealth of Nations. Grateful for the professional approach by both Governor Northam and governor-elect Youngkin in setting this important tone for the nation, but also for the nation,” he wrote in an email.

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A former private equity executive, Youngkin defeated former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in an Election Day earlier this month that marked a sweep for Republicans, who also won the races for attorney general and lieutenant governor. Republicans also claim to have a majority in the House of Delegates; While Democratic leaders effectively conceded, two important races that remain uncontested by The Associated Press recur. Incumbent Democrats lag behind their Republican challengers in those races.

Youngkin previously announced that Jeff Goetman, a top campaign staffer and former official at the Treasury Department under former President Donald Trump, would serve as her transition director. But few other transition details were announced, prompting speculation among interested parties, who were watching closely for signs of how the political newcomer would rule.

Youngkin spokesman Devin O’Malley confirmed that transition officials have been asked to sign non-disclosure agreements, a tool also employed during the campaign. He said the agreements would allow for productive negotiations and ensure that those negotiations are in the public interest.

Since his victory, Youngkin has been making stops across the state, visiting community events such as basketball clinics and food bank fundraisers, and holding what are called “thank you rallies” with supporters.

Earlier in the week, the Democratic Party of Virginia announced that it planned to hold a “brief visit” after the election, meeting voters, candidates and elected officials on Election Day as well as the party’s poor performance for 2022. There is a chance to talk about the election cycle. ,

“As a party, it is important for us to meet our voters and supporters where they are and have these difficult conversations,” Speaker Susan Sweker said in a statement.

The Tour will begin December 1 in Farmville, followed by stops across the state before ending in Richmond on December 7.

The state Democratic Party’s communications director, Jayce Genko, said on Wednesday that members of Youngkin’s transition team suggested he would “advance an extreme agenda that is not representative of the Commonwealth.”

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Ralph Northam

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