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December 2, 2021 · OPINION

What we’re learning about the next governor

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Glenn Youngkin during an October campaign rally in Warrenton.
By Dwayne Yancey
Cardinal News

We’re starting to learn some things about how Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin might govern, and both parties might be surprised.

The first indication came when Youngkin told Richmond television station WRIC that he wouldn’t interfere with localities that want to impose their own mask or vaccine mandates. “Localities are going to have to make decisions [about] the way the law works and that is going to be up to individual decisions but, again, from the governor’s office, you won’t see mandates from me,” Youngkin told the station.

This is quite different from the Republican governors in Florida and Texas who have tried to use state power to block localities that impose such public safety rules – an interesting departure from what used to be the classic Republican viewpoint that the governments closest to the people know best.

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