December 18, 2007
Charlottesville City Mayor David Brown is endorsing Creigh Deeds' run for governor. Here is what Brown had to say about Deeds:
"I've known Creigh Deeds since he was elected our State Senator in 2001 to the seat held by the late Emily Couric.
Emily will always have a special place in our hearts, and we're pleased to have Senator Deeds carrying on her progressive ideals in Richmond. He's always protected a woman's right to choose, and has a proven and deep commitment to education. And as we all grow more concerned about the environment and the global warming effects of greenhouse gases we can count on his leadership.
The announcement last week that Senator Deeds is running for Governor is great news for Virginia. If we want to build on the progress we've made in the past few years, our next Governor must continue the Warner-Kaine brand of leadership that is about finding common ground and delivering results. I'm supporting Senator Deeds for Governor and here's why:
Senator Deeds is the progressive leader who can win a statewide election for Governor. When Virginia needed a leader to clean up one of our most toxic landfills, Senator Deeds was there to take on the challenge. When our state troopers and deputy sheriffs weren't getting the support they needed, he worked with Mark Warner to ensure they had the pay, the training and the tools to keep us safe. He knows what it takes to win a statewide campaign and once elected he'll go to work for all of us.
He understands our values and shares our priorities. When he announced, Deeds spoke of making Virginia "the best place to live, work, and raise a family...the best place for all of us to call home." Senator Deeds has spent his career fighting for good jobs and economic development, making our public schools, colleges and universities the best in the nation, increasing access to health care and making sure our seniors can live comfortably in retirement.
Despite the varying challenges and issues in Virginia's different regions, Senator Deeds has a record of delivering results by bringing people together. Politicians talk about bipartisanship every day, but Deeds doesn't just talk about it, he delivers. Where other members of the legislature have failed, Senator Deeds builds a coalition of leaders from both parties to get the job done.
Most importantly, Senator Deeds is a listener and a consensus builder. As the mayor of the city of Charlottesville, I need partners in state government who will bring people together to get things done and who understand that finding common ground requires hard work and leadership.
Senator Deeds is that partner for me and my colleagues in Charlottesville; he's an advocate for all his constituents; and, if we come together to elect him our next Governor, he'll be a leader for all Virginians.
All my best,
Mayor, City of Charlottesville"