NEW: Top Charlottesville newspaper endorses Gillespie for Governor

Just days before Virginia’s much anticipated gubernatorial election is set to be held, Charlottesville’s most prominent newspaper has endorsed Ed Gillespie.

The Daily Progress notes the former RNC Chairman of Virginia earned their endorsement for his detailed economic policies that have “has the best chance of leading Virginia to a brighter economic future.”

“Mr. Gillespie’s overall philosophy is that a wise government should support the conditions in which businesses can thrive and in which Virginians can to keep more of their hard-earned money — a premise with which we agree.”

“Mr. Gillespie would promote regional approaches to development, such as GO Virginia; emphasize technology growth, including the tech and bio-tech business accelerator projects in and around Charlottesville; push for “workforce transformation” opportunities to help workers qualify for today’s jobs; collaborate with schools and universities to improve workforce readiness; enact policies to help Virginia businesses capture more venture capital; and advance efforts to create ready-to-build sites throughout Virginia, since many industry prospects are seeking such locations — and competitor states are providing them.”

Gillespie has been gaining grounds over his Democratic opponent and current Lieutenant Governor in recent weeks, leading many to believe the race will be much closer than anticipated.

The election will be held on Nov. 7.

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