It’s a bit early and neither candidate has yet won his party’s nomination but both presumed candidates for Virginia governor are beginning to make the rounds.
McLean businessman Terry McAuliffe, the likely Democratic candidate, toured the Reston Station construction site today, discussing the need for infrastructure and transportation improvements.
McAuliffe is likely to be facing Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a conservative Republican who has generally opposed public-private partnerships such as that being used to develop Reston Station.
Cuccinelli recently emailed his supporters to tell them “Why I’m running for governor.”
“Our country was founded on the belief that our rights don’t come from the government, they come from our Creator. The Constitution was set up to limit the size and scope of government, not the liberty of individuals,” he said.
Cuccinelli’s candidacy puts many Republican business people in a sticky position, just as the Tim Kaine-George Allen campaign did. While business people generally oppose excessive taxation and regulation, many welcome government-led infrastructure investments, widely seen as necessary to sustain economic growth in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.
Reston Station is a prime example of the kind of public-private partnerships that transforming the face of Fairfax County.
Being developed above and around the Reston Station Metro Facility, the urban core of Reston Station will integrate more than 1.3 million square feet of mixed-use development consisting of more than 500,000 square feet of Class A office, approximately 100,000 square feet of restaurants, shops, and service-oriented retailers, a 200-plus room hotel, and approximately 900 luxury residences.
Reston Station is being developed through a public-private partnership between Comstock Partners and Fairfax County and will include a commuter park-and-ride facility, a transit bus depot, 2,300 commuter parking spaces, and several hundred parking spaces for the retail establishments being constructed above the Reston Station Metro Facility.
â€œWe need successful infrastructure projects in Virginia because they create jobs when we build them and add tremendous value for communities and neighborhoods that will now be served by transit,â€ said McAuliffe. â€œWe must continue to find mainstream solutions to improve our infrastructure, grow the economy, and make Virginia more attractive to businesses and families.â€
McAuliffe was led on the tour by: Comstock CEO Chris Clemente, Chief Investment Officer Steve Trauner, and Director of Communications Maggie Parker. The tour included viewing the different stages of development in the parking garage, as well as climbing to the top of a crane to view the entire site.
McAuliffe is a wealthy McLean businessman who served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005 and as co-chairman of President Bill Clintonâ€™s 1996 re-election campaign and as chairman of the 2008 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. McAuliffe unsuccessfully ran for the 2009 Democratic gubernatorial nomination, losing to Creigh Deeds, a downstate candidate who lost to Republican Bob McDonnell.