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McAuliffe speaks out about education and jobs in Southwest Virginia

By Megan Brantley, mbrantley@wcyb.com
Published On: May 08 2013 05:02:06 PM CDT
BRISTOL, Va. -

One of the candidates who hopes to be Virginia's next governor made a stop here in our area.

Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe told News 5 education is high on his priority list, saying he wants to work to ensure higher education works for veterans, to keep it affordable for the middle-class and to align higher education with skills Virginia industries need. "In Bristol and many of the other communities they need jobs, but in order to bring jobs and bring economic activity we've got to work with the community colleges to make sure we're doing workforce development," said McAuliffe.

McAuliffe told us he also hoped to bring in more jobs by fixing transportation in Virginia, making it easier for goods to be distributed.

He spoke about getting jobs into Southwest Virginia by bringing in goods from the Panama Canal and fixing Route 58, saying it would make it easier to transport goods across the state and creating jobs in the process. "Along the way we could build distribution centers with all of that economic activity from the port that would be a huge economic driver for Southwest Virginia," said McAuliffe.