Democrats, Republicans Discuss Expectations for McAuliffe's Administration

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HARRISONBURG, Va.-- As Terry McAuliffe was sworn in as the 72nd governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, members of both parties discussed the changes they would like to see during his term.

Harrisonburg Democratic Committee member Todd Hedinger said this day is one for celebration.

"I am grateful that we are going to have a shift in Virginia," said Hedinger.

Matt Fitzgerald, the chair of the Republican Committee in Staunton, hopes McAuliffe's term will be a shift from his campaign.

"The campaign that was run was not a very clean campaign. I think moving forward, the thing I look forward most to seeing and hoping to see is honesty," said Fitzgerald.

One of the policies that Hedinger hopes McAuliffe will accomplish is to expand Medicaid. He works with Medicaid recipients at his job.

"On any given week, there are any number of people that we need to turn away because they do not possess Medicaid. They don't have any other insurance. They don't have other means of support," said Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald has concerns about who would pay for it.

"That Medicaid expansion falls on Virginians and we have to come up with a way to do that. The Governor doesn't have a plan for funding Medicaid after two years or at least I have not heard of one," said Fitzgerald.

Even though they disagree on some policies, both agree there is a need for bipartisanship.

"I would very much like to see our elected officials work together, pull together, and work as a team," said Hedinger.

They said lawmakers should work together to find solutions for mental health reform. Both of them see this as a problem in the state.


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