PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Elected officials and Commonwealth organizations issue statements and express congratulations on Glenn Youngkin’s election as 74 governor of Virginia.
Glenn youngkin won the Virginia governor’s race early Wednesday with enough suburban voters to become the first Republican to win a statewide post here in 12 years.
Governor Ralph Northam
“This morning I spoke with Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin to congratulate him on being elected Governor of the greatest Commonwealth in the greatest country in the world. We will meet tomorrow to begin a smooth transition to his administration. “We can all be proud that Virginia once again conducted a free and fair election with integrity. It is a hallmark of our American democracy that we all respect the results, no matter who wins. I want to thank the Virginia Department of Elections, clerks, election officers and all the volunteers whose work supports our shared faith in our democracy. Their commitment and integrity know no bounds.
I encouraged the governor-elect to continue the progress Virginia has started—
- providing $ 77 billion in new investments and 100,000 jobs,
- allocating the largest financial reserves in the history of the State,
- make Virginia the best state for business and for workers,
- invest a record amount in public education,
- expand access to health care, early childhood education and free community college,
- provide universal broadband and clean energy,
- provide immunization rates in the top ten among states, and
- make voting easier, even as other states make it more difficult.
Over the past four years, Virginia has accomplished something unique in America – to implement the country’s most progressive agenda, while upholding traditions of fiscal responsibility and economic stewardship. Most importantly, we have made Virginia a more welcoming, open and inclusive Commonwealth. Virginians expect this vital work to continue. “This election saw a record turnout for a non-presidential election because Virginians are engaged and involved in our government and our democracy. This is something we can all be proud of. “Finally, thank you to every candidate who came forward, from every party. Running for public office is no small thing, and we need the right people to continue this commitment to public service.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
“The Chesapeake Bay Foundation congratulates Glenn Youngkin on being elected to be the next governor of Virginia. We look forward to working closely with Governor-elect Youngkin and with new and former state lawmakers on issues facing Virginia’s environment. This work will depend on strong support for key programs that protect the Chesapeake Bay, including the Virginia Farm Cost-Sharing Program for Farmers who Adopt Good Conservation Practices, the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund which helps communities to managing local flooding, and other initiatives needed to increase the resilience of our coastal regions to climate change.
Restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams has long been a priority in Virginia. Governors on both sides have pledged to put in place all necessary measures to restore Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries by 2025. There is no time to wait. This timeline coincides almost exactly with the governor’s next term, offering Governor-elect Youngkin a historic opportunity to fulfill that long-standing commitment and leave a legacy of restored waterways for future generations.
~ Executive Director Peggy Sanner