Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has picked up endorsements from another large group of elected officials from Northern Virginia.
McAuliffe on Wednesday announced that his campaign has been endorsed by former U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, the vice-chair and three members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid, and Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano.
McAuliffe, who lives in McLean, had previously received endorsements from other Fairfax leaders, including House of Delegates Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, state Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, former Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and current Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay.
McAuliffe, who served as governor from 2014-2018, is running against four other candidates for the Democratic nomination, including three from Northern Virginia: Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy of Prince William County and current Del. Lee Carter of Manassas. State Sen. Jennifer McClellan of Richmond also is seeking the nomination.
Democrats will select their nominee for the fall election in a primary early this summer. Virginia governors cannot run for re-election, and McAuliffe would become only the second governor to serve two terms.
The Fairfax supervisors who endorsed McAuliffe on Wednesday are vice-chair Penelope Gross along with John Foust, Rodney L. Lusk, and Walter L. Alcorn. Fairfax County School Board Member Karen Corbett Sanders also endorsed McAuliffe.
McAuliffe also has been endorsed by a number of state legislators who represent the region.
In his endorsement, Moran said, “As governor, Terry will take bold action to support workers and small businesses who have been hurt the most by this pandemic, as well as make the kind of investments that will bolster our workforce."