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Friday, November 25, 2005

Election winners appoint staff; B2

By Garren Shipley
Daily Staff Writer

The winners (and possible winners) from Election Day are getting ready to take over in January, and are putting together the staffs they’ll need to do the job.

Gov.-elect Tim Kaine already has a transition team and some staff in place, but went further and announced a “Moving Virginia Forward” transition committee to serve as an informal panel of advisors as Inauguration Day gets closer.

The panel will “offer insight about issues of importance in their communities, and assist the Governor-Elect in his efforts to promote excellence, attention to regional perspectives, diversity and bipartisanship,” press secretary Delacey Skinner says in a statement.

Kaine’s panel will meet for the first time on Tuesday.

Lt. Gov.-elect Bill Bolling is also working on putting his office together, announcing some key staff appointments this week.

Campaign manager Randy Marcus will stay on board as chief of staff. Deputy campaign manager Kristi Way will become Bolling’s deputy chief of staff.

At the bottom of the ballot, both Republican Bob McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds are preparing to take over as attorney general.

As of Wednesday afternoon, McDonnell was still hanging on to a 323-vote lead over Deeds out of 1.9 million votes cast, pending certification of the vote on Nov. 28 and a recount promised after that.

Gov. Mark R. Warner offered both men office space to begin their transition earlier in the month.

Deeds announced his transition committee on Wednesday to “provide advice and guidance to Senator Deeds and his staff during the transition process on structuring of the Attorney General’s office and strategies to implement Senator Deeds’ legislative agenda,” the campaign says in a statement.

“I am honored to have such an experienced and diverse group of attorneys and thoughtful Virginians assisting me in preparing to be the next Attorney General of Virginia,” Deeds says.

John W. Daniel II, a former Virginia secretary of natural resources and assistant attorney general, now a partner in the Richmond office of Troutman Sanders, will chair the transition committee and direct the transition office.

Inauguration Day is Jan. 14.