VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz joined Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin for a campaign event in Hampton Roads Thursday.

The Texas senator and Youngkin were out at Hunt Club Farm in Virginia Beach from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Youngkin announced his run for Virginia governor back in late January.

Youngkin, the former CEO of the Carlyle Group, and his wife Suzanne created Virginia Ready when the coronavirus pandemic hit Virginia. The multifaceted nonprofit aims to connect people looking for jobs with training programs to gain new skills, and then with companies looking to hire. Roughly 2,000 Virginians have used the program, preparing for a new career and new life.

Youngkin grew up in both Virginia Beach and Richmond and has lived in Northern Virginia for the last 26 years.

Youngkin joins a broad field running for governor including former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, former state delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, and tech entrepreneur Pete Snyder.

WAVY Photo. May 6, 2021