jump to example.com
newsletter linked in

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe announces first round of administration appointments

state-capitol2Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe announced on Monday his choices for four key senior administration positions at the Capitol of Virginia in Richmond: Paul Reagan as Chief of Staff, Suzette Denslow as Deputy Chief of Staff, Secretary Ric Brown, who will stay on through at least the passage of the upcoming budget as Secretary of Finance, and Levar Stoney as Secretary of the Commonwealth.

“These four leaders represent decades of serving Virginia with passion, professionalism and pragmatism, and I am pleased that they will serve in my administration,” said McAuliffe. “Paul, Suzette, Ric, and Levar are the foundation of an administration that I am building for one purpose: to find common ground with leaders from both parties to create jobs, navigate the uncertainty that we face over the coming years, and maximize the opportunities we have to diversify and strengthen Virginia’s economy.”

 

Paul Reagan, Chief of Staff:

Paul Regan previously served as the chief of staff to U.S. senator jim webb and chief of staff to U.S. Congressman James P. Moran. Before joining Moran’s office, he served as communications director for U.S. Representatives L.F. Payne, Rick Boucher and Owen Pickett. Reagan also served as counsel to the House Science Subcommittee from 1993 to 1995 under its chairman, Representative Rick Boucher. At the state level, Reagan served as communications director for Governor Mark Warner from 2001 to 2005 where he helped to shape the Governor’s successful message on budget, education and government reform issues. Regan received his Bachelor’s Degree from the College of William and Mary and his law degree from George Mason University.

 

Suzette Denslow, Deputy Chief of Staff:

Suzette Denslow has been the Chief of Staff to Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones since he took office in 2009. Prior to that, she served as Legislative Director for Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. In addition, she served as the Deputy Secretary of Education for Governor L. Douglas Wilder and held the role of Deputy Director of the Virginia Municipal League and the Director of the Tennessee Municipal League. She received her Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Virginia and her undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Secretary Ric Brown, Secretary of Finance:

Secretary Ric Brown has served as the Secretary of Finance since August 2008, when he was appointed by Governor Tim Kaine. Brown was reappointed by Governor Bob McDonnell in 2010. Brown entered state service in 1971 as an Economist with the Division of State Planning and Community Affairs, where he served as staff to numerous legislative and executive study commissions including: the Revenue Resources and Economic Study Commission, the National and Dulles Airports Acquisition Study Commission, and Governor Holton’s Task Force on Financing the Standards of Quality in Public Education. In 1976, Mr. Brown moved to the newly created Department of Planning and Budget, and later served as Director of the Department of Planning and Budget under Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. He received a B.A. Degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary and a Masters of Commerce Degree from the University of Richmond.

 

Levar Stoney, Secretary of the Commonwealth:

Levar Stoney served as McAuliffe’s Deputy Campaign Manager during his 2013 gubernatorial campaign. Prior to that, Stoney served as the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia from 2006-2009, and as the Political Director of gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds’ 2009 campaign. Stoney is a graduate of James Madison University.

Discussion
 
Top Stories
a

Drug raid leads to multiple arrests in Waynesboro

The Skyline Drug Task Force arrested several individuals Thursday night on narcotic and firearms charges after a raid at a property on the border between Augusta County and Waynesboro.

Budget shortfall, Medicaid expansion: It's all just a game

Virginia faces a $1.5 billion budget shortfall encompassing three fiscal years. That’s the hard bit of reality from Gov. Terry McAuliffe this morning.

Roanoke College poll: Hillary Clinton with big lead in Virginia

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a yu-u-uge lead on Republican Donald Trump in Virginia, according to a new Roanoke College poll released on Tuesday.

Special: Four months of advertising on Augusta Free Press for $500

Our readership continues to grow on AugustaFreePress.com, and we want your business to feel that love.

Fishburne Military School welcomes 12th superintendent

Fishburne Military School has officially selected retired Navy Captain Mark E. Black as the school’s 12th superintendent.

How to cut through the SEO, marketing BS

I recently met a nice young man who went full sales pitch on me within five seconds of shaking my hand about how he could help improve my SEO.

The first Alzheimer’s survivor: Advocates have goal in mind

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis seems to come with finality. But advocates are looking to the day when we can say we’ve had our first Alzheimer’s survivor.

New Valley Real Estate Brokers website designed by Augusta Free Press

Valley Real Estate Brokers, based in Waynesboro and Staunton, has a new website designed by Augusta Free Press.

Suicide prevention walk to be held at Gypsy Hill Park

For the second year, suicide prevention advocates and survivors will walk together to bring the topic of suicide out of the darkness.

 
Recent News

Viewpoints
 
Hosts Chris Graham and Crystal Graham of Augusta Free Press highlight local news and newsmakers with an emphasis on the Shenandoah Valley on Viewpoints on WVPT.

Join the conversation on WVPT's Facebook page.

Chris Graham is the editor of Augusta Free Press, ESPN3 baseball broadcaster and the author of five books. Crystal Graham is the award-winning former host of WVPT’s Virginia Tonight.

Show airs Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m.

Want to see what's coming up on Viewpoints? Click here.

Missed a show? Watch OnDemand and on our YouTube channel.

Past shows are also available via the PBS app wherever it is available (iOS, Xbox, Roku, Android, etc). Videos will be found more easily if you localize the app and select WVPT as your local PBS station.

AFP Business

Your One-Stop Media Shop

Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, magazine/brochure, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.
 

Advertise

Get information on readership and advertising online with us.


AFP Classes

Augusta Free Press offers a series of hour-long classes on website design, marketing strategy, social media, event planning and more.


Web Design

You want a new website, but don’t have the first clue as to how to build one. That’s our job. Get your business online for as little as $1,299.


Graphic Design

Whether you need a fresh business card design, rack card, ad, flyer or full magazine design, we can help with all your graphic-design needs.


Marketing/PR

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.


Search Engine Optimization

The prettiest website in the world is like a tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear it. If your website hasn’t been search engine optimized, no one is going to see it or hear it – and it’s not going to work for you.


Video/Audio

Web videos, TV and radio commercials, DVDs – Augusta Free Press LLC has you covered when it comes to video and audio production.