There are many signs of positive change on the national horizon. Some, especially the Inauguration this January 20th, we can hardly wait for. One of the more hopeful signs that the change we seek may be enduring, even in Virginia, is the vibrant candidacy of Jody Wagner for Lieutenant Governor. Tonight, Montgomery County(VA) Democrats) received another visit from Jody. And again, they really liked what they heard. Wagner has the resume, experience, and vision Virginia needs in its Lt. Governor.
A Virginia Beach resident, Jody Wagner has lived in Virginia for 25 years. She comes to the statewide political stage with critically important experience, spanning two administrations: Mark Warner's and Tim Kaine's. During the Warner administration, she served as Sec. of the Treasury. Here's what her website reminds about her tenure there:
In 2002, newly-elected Governor Mark Warner appointed Jody as Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Virginia. When they took office, Virginia was mired in a fiscal crisis and faced record deficits. Partisan gridlock was crippling the state’s ability to get things done. But by making tough choices, tightening the state’s belt, and working across the aisle, they were able to put Virginia’s fiscal house back in order.
As the Secretary of Finance for Governor Tim Kaine's administration, Jody has brought integrity, fiscal discipline, and professionalism, which have helped translate into the Kaine team's twice winning the designation of best managed state. And in her tenure, Virginia has three times earned a "best state for business" designation. Wagner's experience dealing with the state budget and the financial management of the state is second to none. In these difficult financial times, it is reassuring to have Wagner helping to keep us headed in the right direction.
She'll bring strong advocacy for fiscal integrity, financial strength, infrastructure, transportation, education, and science. An experienced attorney, Wagner has also served as Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia. She is married and the mother of four children.
At tonight's event, hosted by Victoria Cochran, attendees got their enthusiasm for 2009 jump-started by Wagner, whose presentation was very enthusiastically received. From those I spoke with, one thing seems clear: Jody Wagner will not just be an outstanding Lt. Governor. She'll also be one of, if not the, best hopes for the top job in Virginia one day soon. For now, though, Jody Wagner's strong resume, critically important experience and vision for Virginia's future is just what the Commonwealth needs in the office of Lt. Governor. She'll have my vote and very likely the votes of most who heard her tonight.
Find her online at: http://www.jodyforva.com