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Youngkin Announces Legislators and Others Will Help With Transition

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Governor-elect Republican Glenn Youngkin announced Wednesday that he had assembled groups that included legislators, law enforcement officials, business owners and others to coordinate transition work with the outgoing governor. Ralph Northam Administration.

Also among the dozens of people what Youngkin called “landing teams” are health care experts, veterans, lawyers and supporters of the early campaigns. Each team is chaired by a Republican legislator.

The governor-elect said in a statement that the groups would “conduct due diligence on all agencies” to help determine “how the government can begin to better serve Virginians and begin to deliver on our Day One promises of better schools, streets. safer and lower cost. ” of life and more jobs “.

Members of Northam’s administration have been meeting daily with Youngkin’s transition representatives, said Clark Mercer, Northam’s chief of staff.

“Our staff is working to make sure the incoming administration has the transition memoranda, agency overviews, and staff rosters they need to be successful. This is how transitions are supposed to go, and we are grateful for the professional approach taken by both Governor Northam and Governor-elect Youngkin in setting this important tone not only for the Commonwealth, but also for the country, ”he wrote in an email.

A former private equity executive, Youngkin defeated former Democratic governor. Terry McAuliffe earlier this month on an election day that marked a sweep for Republicans, who also scored victories in the race for attorney general and lieutenant governor. Republicans have also claimed to have retaken the majority in the House of Delegates; while Democratic leaders did concede, two critical races that remain uncalled by The Associated Press they go to stories. The incumbent Democrats follow their Republican rivals in those races.

Youngkin previously announced that Jeff Goettman, a top campaign staff member and former Treasury Department official under former President Donald Trump, would serve as its transition director. But few other details of the transition had been announced, sparking speculation among stakeholders who have been closely watching for signs of how the political newcomer will rule.

Devin O’Malley, a Youngkin spokesperson, confirmed that transition officials have been asked to sign nondisclosure agreements, a tool that was also used during the campaign. He said the agreements would allow for productive conversations and ensure that those conversations are in the public interest.

Since his victory, Youngkin has been making stops across the state, visiting community events like a basketball clinic and a food bank fundraiser, and hosting what he calls “appreciation rallies” with supporters.

Earlier in the week, the Virginia Democratic Party announced that it planned to conduct a post-election “information tour,” an opportunity to speak to voters, candidates, and elected officials about the party’s poor performance on Election Day, as well. What the 2022 electoral cycle.

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

The tour will begin in December. 1 in Farmville, followed by stops across the state before concluding Dec. 1. 7 in Richmond.

Jayce Genco, communications director for the state Democratic Party, said Wednesday that Youngkin’s list of transition team members suggested he would push for an “extreme agenda that is not representative of the Commonwealth.”

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