Images compiled from separate virtual meetings with candidates. Clockwise from top left: Audrey Lee, Microsoft; Harry Godfrey, AEE; Jennifer Carroll Foy, candidate for Governor; Ebo Entsuah, AEE; Terry McAuliffe, candidate for Governor; Delegate Jay Jones, candidate for Attorney General; Senator Jennifer McClellan, candidate for Governor; Delegate Jason Miyares, candidate for AG; Attorney General Mark Herring, center.
Advanced energy and transportation have made tremendous strides in Virginia over the past four years. The Grid Transformation and Security Act (GTSA), Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA), and Clean Cars Act are some notable examples, and there are plenty of smaller wins as well. This success was built upon early and frequent engagement with Gov. Northam’s Administration and lawmakers at the General Assembly, beginning with business roundtables AEE held with gubernatorial candidates four years ago. Now, with Gov. Northam ineligible for re-election this fall because of Virginia’s single-term limit on its chief executive, we are doing it all again, focusing on candidates for both Governor and Attorney General.
Virginia Advanced Energy Economy is now deep into a thorough candidate engagement program to elevateOver the course of 16 days, Virginia AEE and representatives of 13 member companies met with six candidates for statewide office, three for Governor and three for Attorney General.
The program brought proponent of advanced energy and transportation, running for a second, but non-consecutive, term; State Senator Jennifer McClellan, patron of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, and former Delegate Jennifer Caroll-Foy, who has co-sponsored legislation to reward businesses for investing in renewable energy. All three are Democrats; Republican candidates for Governor did not reply to our outreach or opted to delay meeting until after the party's nominating convention on May 8. Candidates for Governor included former Governor Terry McAuliffe, a long-time
For Attorney General, Virginia AEE was able to speak with current Attorney General Mark Herring (D), a member of the Green 20, a group that is committed to clean energy, and a candidate for re-election; Delegate Jason Miyares (R); and Delegate Jay Jones (D), a proponent of progressive energy and environmental policies.
As a business organization, Virginia AEE was excited to connect these candidates for Governor and Attorney General with our member companies. Our member companies range from solar generation and energy efficiency to transportation electrification, including passenger vehicles and electric school buses.
In these meetings, candidates for Virginia’s Governor and Attorney General learned a lot about the momentous opportunity for advanced energy growth in Virginia. Virginia AEE looks forward to working with these candidates and others while playing our own part in creating a bright new future for the Commonwealth of Virginia.