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Experienced Group to Lead McAuliffe's Cabinet

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RICHMOND, Va (WVIR) -

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe is calling on an experienced group of advisors to lead his cabinet. He named some of his top administration officials Monday afternoon.

The group includes a newcomer to public office, and a budget expert who has worked with a dozen governors. The four newly appointed leaders will help McAuliffe hit the ground running when he takes office in just 52 days.

“Paul, Suzette, Ric and Levar are the foundation of an administration that I am building for one purpose - to help me find common ground with leaders of both parties,” said McAuliffe.

Paul Reagan - who served as chief of staff to former Senator Jim Webb - will now lead McAuliffe’s cabinet under the same title.

Suzette Denslow who has worked with past Democratic governors as legislative director, will be McAuliffe’s deputy chief of staff.

Levar Stoney - a newcomer to public office, and one of McAuliffe’s closest campaign advisors - will take on the role of secretary of the commonwealth.

Finally, there's Ric Brown.

“Secretary Ric Brown is the most knowledgeable, accomplished and qualified person in the commonwealth to manage our state budget,” said McAuliffe.

After serving as secretary of finance for more than five years, through the great recession under governor's Kaine and McDonnell, Brown will be the man behind the budget for at least a little longer.

“This is my 12th governor, six Democrats, six Republicans,” said Brown.” I told the Governor-elect I thought I could do it as well as the guy who currently has the job.”

Having Brown stay on as secretary of finance is a big win for McAuliffe as he takes on the budget process early next year. Brown will have crafted much of the budget McDonnell will introduce next month, and will be able to help McAuliffe get up to speed when he takes office.

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