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McAuliffe, Kilgore lead fundraising effort for new Capitol Square memorial

Anita Kumar

As Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who unsuccessfully ran for governor last year, ponders another run for statewide office, he continues to stay active in Virginia politics.

Monday, McAuliffe and other notables, including former attorney general Jerry Kilgore (R), who ran for governor in 2005, and Gerald Massengill, former Virginia State Police superintendent, kicked off a $2 million campaign to build a memorial for public safety officers killed in the line of duty.

The Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial will be built at Darden Memorial Garden at the entrance to the General Assembly Building on Capitol Square.

"Today we begin with earnest a statewide, grassroots fundraising campaign that is the homestretch of a long journey to the much-deserved memorial to officers who have given their lives in service to their communities," said Hadden Culp, president of the Virginia Public Safety Foundation, which serves as the administrator of the memorial. "We will engage Virginia's public safety community to help us build this memorial to their former colleagues, as well as members of the public who support their important work."

Julien G. Patterson, former VPSF president and chairman, OMNIPLEX World Services and Jeff Mitchell, former VPSF president and partner, LeClairRyan will also serve as fundraisers.

"I can think of no purpose more worthy of the support of all Virginians," McAuliffe said. "Every day, thousands of public safety officers risk their lives for our safety and security. The construction of this long-overdue memorial demonstrates our support for their important work."

By Anita Kumar  |  August 2, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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