Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed six pieces of legislation that would undermine support for Virginia’s public education system.
House Bill 1400
Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1400, which would create a new executive branch agency known as the Virginia Virtual School. This entity, governed by an independent policy board, would facilitate the provision of full-time, online education programs for students throughout Virginia.
This bill is virtually identical to HB 8 (2016). The Office of the Attorney General advised that HB 8 was unconstitutional; consequently, I vetoed it.
In establishing the Virginia Virtual School outside of the jurisdiction of the Board of Education, and
Bill Cleaveland supporters in Botetourt County did not let him down Tuesday. Cleaveland, an attorney, had the largest and most enthusiastic supporters at his announcement. … CLICK HERE.
The numbers were clear Cleaveland had beat Head handily with 28% of the vote to Head’s 24%. Mike Wray, former Roanoke County Board of Supervisor member came in third at 19% followed by Josh Johnson at 17% and Melvin Williams at 11%. SEE THE RESULTS HERE.
Steve Mabry, Cleaveland’s campaign manger was cautiously optimistic when I spoke to him Monday. CLICK HERE.
Cleaveland also held his own at the candidate forum … CLICK HERE.
He was the first name on the lips of those who were sifting through the candidates attempting a best guess on the victor. Besides Cleaveland speculated to be the frontrunner among the 5 candidates Chris Head followed as a close second if not the possible victor. Chris Head set himself apart as representing the business community. Head is not an attorney as he made clear at the candidate forum.
Bill Cleaveland Victory
United They Stand
Delegate William Fralin & Sen. Ralph Smith
Following his acceptance speech where he credited his family and his fellow primary opponents Cleaveland addressed questions from the media.
The race now turns to campaigning between the Republican Cleaveland and the Democratic nominee Roanoke City Councilwoman, Gwen Mason. Cleaveland as would be expected drew the line between the standard Republican platform on social issues and Republican conservative values. He expects the primary issue in the general election between him and Mason to be economic development.
Cleaveland with Steve Mabry his campaign manager will formulate a more detailed strategy in the coming weeks.
Councilwoman Gwen Mason’s thoughts on her now clear opponent will be posted shortly.