Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe met and spoke with people in the Valley on Monday to kickoff his race for governor this election season.
He said meeting and speaking with people will help him shape his policy.
Ashley Cherry took time to meet McAuliffe during his visit. She's noticed both McAuliffe and Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli have opposite views on their policies.
"This is going to be a very interesting race with both him and Cuccinelli," Cherry said. "They're both different individuals, so it'll definitely be an interesting race."
McAuliffe, who supports federal health care expansion and building the workforce, has also noticed those differences and said Virginia's voters will notice the contrast between the two platforms.
"There's a stark difference between the two candidates running for governor. One focusing on jobs and economic development, another, talks on socio-ideological issues which just puts a not wanted sign up, don't move your business to Virginia," McAuliffe said.
McAuliffe is traveling the state to launch his campaign.
"Life is a learning experience," McAuliffe said. "I've traveled and done several thousand events; I've met so many different folks. The more you travel, the more you realize the different communities have specific and unique needs."
Cherry knows McAuliffe's focus on improving testing and supporting community colleges will impact people like her in the Valley.
"His decisions on certain aspects of college and on women directly impact me and my family," Cherry said. "My parents are foster parents, I have kids in the house who would be impacted by the SOLs; there's so many different things that would be affected by his decision-making."
The election will be held this November.
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