Del. Baskerville’s Unique Opportunity

Michael Hardy of the Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting that Governor-elect Tim Kaine will name Del. Viola Baskerville as Secretary of Administration. Del. Baskerville, a member of Kaine’s transition team, brings a unique skill set the cabinet: three term delegate, city council member, lawyer, mediation and conflict resolution specialist, and, of course, William and Mary graduate.

What she also brings that one seldom sees in a cabinet appointment is a long record of advocacy for something she will now have the opportunity to implement. Ms. Baskerville has been a critic of Virginia’s record on providing contracting opportunities to small, women, and minority-owned businesses. She has called for set-asides. As Secretary of Administration, she will control the Department of General Services and, with it, the state’s procurement program.

It will be interesting to see what she can do with her issue from the “inside.”


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