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    Gubernatorial Election: 2013

    Gubernatorial Election: 2013

    By: Alexis Stewart 

    Ken Cuccinelli:

    Cuccinelli was one of candidates for the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial election. He is member of Republican Party, and also the current attorney general of Virginia. He was elected into office in 2009 and was sworn into office on January 16, 2010. He served in the Senate of Virginia from August 2002 to January 2010 representing the 37th district in Fairfax County.

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    Cuccinelli was born July 30, 1968 in Edson, New Jersey and is of the Italian and Irish descendent. Cuccinelli graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 1986 in Washington D.C., and then received his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He then received his Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University School of Law and received a Master Degree of Art in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University. He and his family currently reside in Nokesville, Virginia. Cuccinelli has five daughters and two sons, and is married to Terio Cuccinelli.

    The main issues Cuccinelli had stated to change or improve in Virginia on his website are Abortion, Job creation, Transportation, Taxes and Spending, Government reform, Energy, Healthcare, Family Values, Honoring our Veterans, and Second Amendment Rights if he gets elected governor of Virginia.

    Cuccinelli was defeated in Virginia with 45% of the vote.

    Terry McAuliffe:

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    McAuliffe is a businessman, entrepreneur, and is Democratic Party leader for Fairfax County. He served as chairman for the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005. He was the Co- chairman for Bill Clinton for the 1996 re- election campaign and also served as the chairman for Hilary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. In 2009 he also ran an unsuccessful Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nomination to be a candidate.

    McAuliffe was born February 9, 1957 in Syracuse, New York and was the youngest out of his family. McAuliffe knew at the age of 14 that he was going have to pay his way through college so he started his own business called the McAuliffe Driveway Maintenance at the age of 14. He graduated from Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior high school in Syracuse, New York in 1975. In 1979 he received a bachelor degree at The Catholic University of America, and received a Doctorate in law at Georgetown University in 1984. After graduation he took up a job in 1980 presidential re-election campaign of Jimmy Carter and the age 22 became a National Finance Director. He and his family currently reside in Fairfax County and is married to Dorothy McAuliffe.

    His main views to change or improve in Virginia that he has stated on his website  are Jobs & Economy, Education, Transportation, Healthcare, Energy, Women, Veterans, and Environmental Platform that he plans to change if he gets elected governor of Virginia.

    McAuliffe was victorious in Virginia with 48% of the vote, winning with a 2.5% majority. 

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