VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Pharrell Williams will try to energize Hampton Roads voters on Friday while campaigning for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.
Williams and Vice President Kamala Harris are expected to team up for an event in Norfolk on Friday, McAuliffe said on Monday as receive approval from the African-American PA of Virginia Beachvs.
A press release for the event was due to be released on Monday.
The Virginia Beach native is the latest big name to campaign for McAuliffe in the campaign’s home stretch, as McAuliffe and Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin are virtually tied in the polls. Election day is Tuesday, November 2. Former President Barack Obama campaigned for McAuliffe this weekend, as well as musician Dave Matthews.
Williams backed Hillary Clinton in 2016 and criticized former President Donald Trump, even sending Trump a cease and desist letter after Williams’ song “Happy” was played at a Trump event hours later. a mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
He recently made headlines after his fallout with the city of Virginia Beach, saying the city is run by “toxic energy”. Williams’ Something in the Water Festival will not return in 2022 and will never be able to return to his hometown. He says that the city did not value his proposals and that he upset by their handling of the police shooting of his cousin, Donovon Lynch.
“I have spoken to Pharrell several times about this, he is very upset. That’s one of the reasons he’s supporting me for the governorship, because like I did before bringing people in, ”McAuliffe said.
Meanwhile, Republican Glenn Youngkin is on day three of his bus tour with 50 stops crisscrossing the state. This morning in Virginia Beach, community members were invited to have breakfast with him at Anchor Allie’s.
“I believe we have a moment to define a new way to cut taxes and stand up for parents. They have a fundamental right to education for their children, and we allow workers to decide whether or not to join the union. Oh, by the way, we trust the people with the best information to make decisions about their lives, ”Youngkin said.
Youngkin will campaign in the Charlottesville area on Friday.
“For the next eight days, we’re just making sure every Virginian hears directly from me to hear from me that our platform will work from day one,” Youngkin said.