Glenn Youngkin, founder of Virginia Ready, announces run for governor

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WFXR) — Business leader Glenn Youngkin released a statement early Wednesday morning announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the Virginia gubernatorial race.

According to the news release from Wednesday, Jan. 27, Youngkin grew up in Richmond and Virginia Beach, but for the last 26 years, he has lived in northern Virginia and with his wife, with whom he raised four children.

“I’m running for governor because I believe we must rebuild and reimagine Virginia’s future and make it the best place in America to live, work, and raise a family,” said Youngkin. “As a homegrown Virginian, I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch career politicians and insiders in Richmond turn our Commonwealth into California or New York – a place where the cost of living for families is too high and the opportunities for all Virginians to get ahead are too few.”

Youngkin also spent 25 years at The Carlyle Group investment firm, working his way to the top of the company, according to his campaign website.

When the pandemic hit the Commonwealth, Youngkin and his wife founded the Virginia Ready Initiative, a nonprofit, public-private partnership meant to help unemployed Virginians get the necessary training to secure in-demand jobs.

Approximately 2,000 Virginians have “started the journey” with Virginia Ready so far as they prepare for a new career and new life, Wednesday’s statement says.

“I’m not a politician, and I certainly don’t have the 120 years of combined political baggage that my opponents have. They talk a lot about solving problems, but I’ve actually done it,” Youngkin said. “I spent the last 30 years building business, creating jobs, and bringing people together to succeed. Guided by my faith, I will bring that same dedication to serving Virginians.”

Youngkin joins a broad field running for governor, including former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe; Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax; former Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox; state Sen. Amanda Chase; state Sen. Jennifer McClellan; state Del. Lee Carter; former state Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy; retired Army Colonel and former U.S. Department of Defense official Sergio de la Peña; tech entrepreneur Pete Snyder; and Princess Blanding, the sister of Marcus-David Peters.

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