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Youngkin announces that lawmakers and others are helping to ease the transition

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RICHMOND, Va. — Republican Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin announced Wednesday he had assembled groups including lawmakers, law enforcement officials, business owners and others to coordinate transition work with outgoing Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration.

Youngkin also called the “landing team” a group of health-care experts, veterans and attorneys, as well early supporters. Every team is headed by a Republican lawmaker.

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In a statement the governor-elect announced that they would conduct “due diligence across all agencies” in order to identify “how government could begin to serve Virginians besser and start delivering our Day One promises about safer streets, better schools, lower living costs, and more job opportunities.”

Members of the Northam administration have been meeting daily with Youngkin transition representatives, Clark Mercer, Northam’s chief of staff, said.

“Our staffs have been working hard to ensure the incoming administration is equipped with the appropriate transition memos, agency overviews and personnel lists to succeed. In an email, he stated that this is how transitions should be conducted and thanked Governor Northam for his professional approach.

Glenn Youngkin, governor-elect of Virginia, center, speaks to members of the media as Pamela Northam, first lady of Virginia, from left, Ralph Northam, governor of Virginia, and Suzanne Youngkin listen outside the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (Photographer: Carlos Bernate/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Youngkin was a former CEO of private equity and defeated former Democratic Governor. Terry McAuliffe was defeated earlier in the month by Youngkin, a former private equity executive. Republicans claim to have retaken control of the House of Delegates majority; Democratic leaders have effectively conceded that they had won the House of Representatives majority. However, The Associated Press is still calling two crucial races for recounts. In those races, incumbent Democrats are trailing their Republican rivals.

Youngkin announced previously that Jeff Goettman (a prominent campaign staffer who was also an ex-official in the Department of the Treasury under Donald Trump) would act as his transition coordinator. However, no other details about the transition were announced. This prompted speculation from interested parties.

Devin O’Malley, a Youngkin spokesperson, confirmed transition officials have been asked to sign nondisclosure agreements, a tool also employed during the campaign. He said the agreements would allow for productive conversations and ensure those conversations are in the public’s interest.

Since his win, Youngkin has been making stops across the state, visiting community events like a basketball clinic and food bank fundraiser, and holding what he’s called “thank you rallies” with supporters.

Glenn Youngkin, governor-elect of Virginia, gives a thumbs-up after speaking during an election night event in Chantilly, Virginia, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. (Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Earlier in the week, the Democratic Party of Virginia announced it planned to hold a post-election “debrief tour,” a chance to talk with voters, candidates and elected officials about the party’s poor performance on Election Day as well as the 2022 election cycle.

“As a Party, it’s important for us to meet our voters and supporters where they are and have these tough conversations,” chairwoman Susan Swecker said in a statement.

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It will start in Farmville on Dec. 1, and continue through the rest of the state, before ending in Richmond Dec. 7.

Jayce Genco, the state Democratic party’s communications director, said Wednesday that Youngkin’s slate of transition team members suggested he would push an “extreme agenda that is not representative of the Commonwealth.”

Source: FoxNews.com

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