Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe visited Richmond Thursday to tour Sassy Jones Jewelry, a Black-owned small business, and announce his Lifting Black Virginians agenda that’s built around his intentions for a second term in office.

McAuliffe, who was joined Thursday by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Delegate Delores McQuinn, said that in his second bid to lead the state, he will continue to “defend civil rights, ensure equitable access to quality health care and a world-class education, and create opportunities for Black Virginians to build wealth by increasing access to homeownership and investing in Black-owned banks and businesses.”

As Virginia’s 72nd governor from 2014-18, he took aggressive action to fight discrimination and worked together with Stoney, who served in McAuliffe’s cabinet as secretary of the Commonwealth, to deliver for Black Virginians, McAuliffe’s office said in a statement.

Since launching his campaign in December, McAuliffe has released big, bold plans to strengthen Virginia’s education system and dramatically increase teacher pay, help secure Virginia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, and reform the state’s criminal justice system to create a more equitable Virginia, along with several other initiatives.

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