McAuliffe-croppedIn a press release sent out today, the Virginia Association of Realtors® through the Virginia Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC) announced their endorsement of Terry McAuliffe for Governor of Virginia. On August 20-21, 2013, both Mr. McAuliffe and Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli appeared before the RPAC Board of Trustees for separate and extensive candidate interviews. Further, each candidate submitted written responses to questionnaires developed for this race.

Following these interviews and an evaluation of all responses received, the Trustees voted to recommend endorsement of Mr. McAuliffe, on the basis of his strong understanding of and focus on issues critical to the health of the real estate industry in Virginia. The Virginia RPAC Board of Trustees is composed exclusively of Realtor members.

Below is the full copy of the press release:

Realtors® Endorse McAuliffe for Bipartisanship, Focus on Economy

The Virginia Association of Realtors, through its Realtor Political Action Committee endorsed Terry McAuliffe for Governor because of his focus on growing Virginia’s economy. The Virginia Association of Realtors® is the largest trade association in Virginia, with nearly 29,000 members.

“Having a strong housing sector is vital to ensure that Virginia’s middle class families can build financial security and I’m honored to have the support of the Virginia Association of Realtors,” said McAuliffe. “Working with both parties, I am committed to finding mainstream solutions to support the housing industry, improve transportation, strengthen education and make Virginia the best state for business.”

“Terry McAuliffe understands how important Virginia’s housing industry is to growing and strengthening the Commonwealth’s economy, and we endorse him for governor,” said Mary Dykstra, President of the Virginia Association of Realtors. “He promises to support policies that will make Virginia the best place to live and work, and we look forward to working with him to make sure that housing remains a vibrant industry in the Commonwealth.”

The group interviewed McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli prior to making the endorsement and thoroughly reviewed their policy positions.