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RICHMOND, Va. – The Republican Virginia election, Glenn Youngkin, announced on Wednesday that he had assembled groups, including lawmakers, law enforcement officials, business owners and others to coordinate the transition work with outgoing Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration.

Also among dozens of people on what Youngkin called “landing teams,” are health experts, veterans, lawyers and early campaign supporters. Each team is led by a Republican lawmaker.

GLENN YOUNGKIN’S CHOICE OF TRANSITION FAVORAL SIGNALS SIGNALS CONSERVATIVE VIRGINIA GOVERNITY

Glenn Youngkin, the elected governor of Virginia, gives the thumbs up after speaking at an election night event in Chantilly, Virginia, USA, on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. (Photographer: Al Drago / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Glenn Youngkin, the elected governor of Virginia, gives the thumbs up after speaking at an election night event in Chantilly, Virginia, USA, on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. (Photographer: Al Drago / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The elected governor said in a statement that the groups would “perform due diligence across all agencies” to help determine, “how the government can start serving Virginians better and start delivering on our first day promises of better schools,” safer streets, lower cost of living and more jobs. “

Members of the Northam administration have met daily with Youngkin’s transitional representatives, said Clark Mercer, Northam’s chief of staff.

“Our staffs work to ensure that the incoming administration has the transition notes, agency overviews and staff lists they need to succeed. This is how transitions should take place, and we are grateful for the professional approach taken by both Governor Northam and the elected Governor Youngkin in setting this important tone not only for the Commonwealth but also for the country, “he wrote in an email.

Glenn Youngkin, the elected governor of Virginia, in the center, speaks to members of the media, while Pamela Northam, Virginia's first lady, from left, Ralph Northam, governor of Virginia, and Suzanne Youngkin listen outside the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Thursday, November 4, 2021. (Photographer: Carlos Bernate / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Glenn Youngkin, the elected governor of Virginia, in the center, speaks to members of the media, while Pamela Northam, Virginia’s first lady, from left, Ralph Northam, governor of Virginia, and Suzanne Youngkin listen outside the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Thursday, November 4, 2021. (Photographer: Carlos Bernate / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A former private equity director, Youngkin, defeated former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe earlier this month on election day, marking a celebration for Republicans who also won victories in the race for attorney general and lieutenant governor. Republicans have also claimed to have recaptured the majority in the House of Delegates; while Democratic leaders actually admitted, two critical races, which The Associated Press has not yet called, are on their way to reports. The incumbent Democrats are following their Republican challengers in these races.

Youngkin has previously announced that Jeff Goettman, a top campaigner and former Treasury official under former President Donald Trump, would serve as his interim director. But few other transition details had been announced, prompting speculation among interested parties who have been keeping a close eye on signs of how the political newcomer will rule.

Devin O’Malley, a spokesman for Youngkin, confirmed that officials in the transition have been asked to sign confidentiality agreements, a tool that was also used during the campaign. He said the agreements would allow for productive talks and ensure that these talks are in the public interest.

Since his victory, Youngkin has made stops throughout the state, attending local events like a basketball clinic and a food bank fundraiser, and holding what he calls “thank-you conventions” with supporters.

Glenn Youngkin, the elected governor of Virginia, gives a thumbs up after speaking at an election night event in Chantilly, Virginia, USA, Wednesday, November 3, 2021. (Photographer: Al Drago / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Glenn Youngkin, the elected governor of Virginia, gives a thumbs up after speaking at an election night event in Chantilly, Virginia, USA, Wednesday, November 3, 2021. (Photographer: Al Drago / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the Democratic Party of Virginia announced that it planned to hold a “debriefing tour” after the election, a chance to talk to voters, candidates and elected officials about the party’s poor performance on election day as well as the 2022 election cycle.

“As a party, it is important for us to meet our voters and supporters where they are and have these tough talks,” President Susan Swecker said in a statement.

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The tour begins Dec. 1 in Farmville, followed by stops around the state before ending Dec. 7 in Richmond.

Jayce Genco, the state Democratic Party’s communications director, said Wednesday that Youngkins’ transition team members suggested he would push an “extreme agenda that is not representative of the Commonwealth.”

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