VA House 28 – 2019 Election

District Description: County of Stafford (part); City of Fredericksburg (part)
Current Delegate: Bob Thomas since 2018 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Another district Democrats barely lost in 2017, this race has also voted Democratic in recent statewide elections, though by slimmer margins than some of the other districts Democrats are targeting. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine won the district by 55 points last year and Northam won with 51 percent of the vote in 2017. The Republican incumbent, Bob Thomas, was taken out by former Stafford Supervisor Paul Milde in a nasty primary that saw Milde tack right on issues like abortion and health care, something most Republicans facing tight races have strayed away from and Democrats expect to play to their advantage in a general election.”

Beverly Harrison

Current Position: Child care center development consultant
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Mike Webert

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Michael Webert is a proven leader in our community. Since first being elected in 2011, he has passed several pieces of legislation. From reducing red-tape, cutting taxes, fighting for our Second Amendment rights, protecting the unborn, and promoting conservation practices that protect our environment.

Michael has a proven track record of bipartisan accomplishments in the General Assembly and looks forward to continuing to serve the people of the 18th District

Laura Galante

Current Position: Founder, Galante Strategies
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Jennifer Lewis

Current Position: Mental health worker
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Janice Allen

Current Position: Employed in housing-related fields
Affiliation: None
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Tony Wilt

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Tony Wilt serves on three committees in the House, which include Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (ACNR); Commerce and Labor; and Militia, Police and Public Safety (MPP). In 2014 he was appointed as Chairman of ACNR Subcommittee #3, which predominantly considers water quality and Chesapeake Bay related issues. In 2018 he was named Chair of MPP Subcommittee #2.

In addition, he serves as the Chairman of the Virginia Small Business Commission, is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the Manufacturing Development Commission, and the Board of Visitors for the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.

Brent Finnegan

Current Position: Works at the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at JMU
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Paul Milde

Current Position: Businessman
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate
Former Position(s): Chair, Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 2011 – 2017

Overview: N/A

Ann Ridgeway

Current Position: Juvenile probation counselor
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Todd Gilbert

Current Position: State Delegate since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Prosecutor from 1997 – 2006

Delegate Gilbert is a member of the Courts of Justice Committee, the Rules Committee, and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the House General Laws Committee. He also serves on the Virginia State Crime Commission, which helps to study and direct polices on public safety throughout Virginia and he is the Chairman of the House Criminal Law Subcommittee.

Prior to his election to the House of Delegates, Delegate Gilbert began his career as a full-time prosecutor. His first job was with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg, where he was a member of the Violent Crime Prosecution Team.

Robert Orrock

Current Position: State Delegate since 1990
Affiliation: Republican

Delegate Robert D. “Bobby” Orrock has represented the 54th Virginia House of Delegates district since he was first elected in 1989.

Bobby has been a teacher at Spotsylvania High School for over three decades and is keenly aware of the importance of creating a Virginia where coming generations will have better opportunities to compete in a world economy, while being better able to live, learn, work and raise their families.

Neri Canahui-Ortiz

Current Position: Carpenters Local 197, Until 2018, Neri served as President of his Carpenters Local and on the Executive Board of the Northern Virginia Labor Federation.
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

John McGuire

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican

John McGuire’s believes one of the biggest keys to success in life, no matter what you do, is teamwork. As a member of the Virginia General Assembly, John’s focus is on good policy, not politics.

Whether it’s fighting for better services for our veterans, law enforcement, and first responders, tackling the Heroin/Opioid epidemic, or making sure our tax dollars are being used efficiently, John knows that by listening to each other and working together, we can create a brighter future for our Commonwealth.

Juanita Matkins

Current Position: Emerita Professor of Science Education at College of William and Mary
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Sally Hudson

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Sally Hudson understands that so many challenges we face are economic at their core, from the rising cost of housing and health care to the red tape holding back clean power production. She’s running for Delegate to deliver innovative reforms that secure genuine opportunity for all.

Sally also knows that real progress on policy requires fixing our democracy itself. That’s why she’s been a dedicated election reform advocate. Sally founded FairVote VA, a cross-partisan coalition working to advance ranked choice voting in Virginia. She is also an active volunteer with OneVirginia2021, the statewide anti-gerrymandering campaign, and a grassroots leader in Indivisible and Women of the Fifth.

Rob Bell

Current Position: State Delegate since 2002
Affiliation: Republican

Rob Bell has written laws that crack down on repeat-offense drunk driving and keep sex offenders off school property. He has also passed laws to expand Virginia’s protective orders and to require life in prison for those convicted of raping children.  In 2015 he wrote the law to address sexual assaults on college campuses, and in 2016 Bell led the effort to expand Virginia’s stalking laws and empower crime victims.

In recent years, Rob has worked to improve mental health care in Virginia. In 2014, he patroned Virginia’s “bed of last resort” law to ensure that a bed at a state hospital is always available when a court has ordered treatment.

Elizabeth Alcorn

Current Position: Dentist
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Matthew Fariss

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Matt Fariss is a seventh generation native of Campbell County with a desire for future generations to continue to reside in the region. His wife, Crystal, and children, Hunter, Bobby, and Harrison are the reason Matt entered this campaign.

He hopes that they can continue to enjoy the same rights and freedoms that he has been blessed with, and, as delegate, he will fight against liberal policies that will put those liberties in jeopardy. Despite his various successes, he is first and foremost a Christian family man committed to serving his family and community.

Tim Hickey

Current Position: Teacher
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Mark Cole

Current Position: State Delegate since 2002
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors from 2000 – 2002

Mark Cole has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2002 representing the 88th District, which includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania and Fauquier counties, and the city of Fredericksburg. He is a member of the House committees on Finance and Education, Small Business Commission, Rappahannock River Basin Commission, and is Chairman of the Privileges and Elections Committee.

Jessica Foster

Current Position: Attorney, and Small Business Owner
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

VA House 28 - 2019 ElectionVA House 28 – 2019 Election

District Description: County of Stafford (part); City of Fredericksburg (part)
Current Delegate: Bob Thomas since 2018 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Another district Democrats barely lost in 2017, this race has also voted Democratic in recent statewide elections, though by slimmer margins than some of the other districts Democrats are targeting. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine won the district by 55 points last year and Northam won with 51 percent of the vote in 2017. The Republican incumbent, Bob Thomas, was taken out by former Stafford Supervisor Paul Milde in a nasty primary that saw Milde tack right on issues like abortion and health care, something most Republicans facing tight races have strayed away from and Democrats expect to play to their advantage in a general election.”

Summary

District Description: County of Stafford (part); City of Fredericksburg (part)
Current Delegate: Bob Thomas since 2018 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Another district Democrats barely lost in 2017, this race has also voted Democratic in recent statewide elections, though by slimmer margins than some of the other districts Democrats are targeting. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine won the district by 55 points last year and Northam won with 51 percent of the vote in 2017. The Republican incumbent, Bob Thomas, was taken out by former Stafford Supervisor Paul Milde in a nasty primary that saw Milde tack right on issues like abortion and health care, something most Republicans facing tight races have strayed away from and Democrats expect to play to their advantage in a general election.”

VA House District 28

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VA State House District #28

Joshua Cole

Current Position: Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 28

For more information, see Joshua Cole’s post.

Joshua Cole 1In 2017, Joshua Cole proudly ran for the Virginia House of Delegates to represent Virginia’s 28th District, becoming the first American-American, and youngest person to receive any party’s nomination, along the way. In an underfunded, hard-fought race, Josh finished less than 100 votes shy of having the honor of representing the 28th District.

Since then, Josh has served the state by acting as the Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, fighting for the people by working alongside Delegate Convirs-Fowler on issues important to all Virginians, like fair housing. Simultaneously, Josh serves on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, as the President of the Stafford County NAACP and participates with numerous other local and community initiatives.

Clear in all of this work is Josh’s commitment to the communities of the 28th District. Raised in the 28th, Josh knows not only what it takes to live here, but what it means to build a home in Fredericksburg and Stafford County. He understands the excruciating drive along I-95 that is the bedrock of so many constituent commutes. He’s seen first-hand the ever-increasing cost of living in this community, and has sat with hardworking friends and neighbors, proud Virginians, who simply want to find a way to raise their family in the same town in which they grew up. Josh seeks to be your Delegate to he can fight to make this so, for all of them, and for you.

A product of the Stafford County Public School system, Joshua’s background in Virginia’s political affairs is rich, dating back to 2005, when he was appointed by the then-speaker, the Honorable William J. Howell, as a Page for the Virginia House of Delegates. That same year he was chosen as the Governor’s Page by Governor Mark R. Warner. He returned to the General Assembly again in 2016 as a Staff Assistant to the Clerk of the Virginia State Senate. As your Delegate, Josh will bring this experience to the fore to fight for a Virginia that serves all Virginians.

 

Paul Milde

Current Position: Businessman
Former: Chair, Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 2011 – 2017
Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 28

For more information, see Paul Milde’s post.

Paul Milde III 1Paul Milde is a Stafford County businessman who served 12 years on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. Paul has lived in Stafford since 1989 and has two grown children, Travis and Bailey. Paul is a lifelong entrepreneur who believes that with hard work and a willingness to innovate, we can find public policy solutions to even the thorniest of problems. Paul has a track record of success with this common-sense approach to government. His work to preserve Stafford’s Crow’s Nest peninsula proved that land preservation can be achieved without trampling property rights. As a three-time chairman of the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO), Paul learned how important it is for our region to have a tenacious advocate for funding to address the perennial problem of traffic. Since his term on the Board of Supervisors ended in 2017, Paul has remained engaged in these and many other issues facing our region.

Issues

Economy

Joshua Cole

A living wage is about more than a paycheck, it’s about investing in our communities and our people. Yet our leaders in the General Assembly can’t be bothered to pass legislation that raises Virginia’s minimum wage from $7.25/hour. And, as I hear from my neighbors each and every week, this just isn’t cutting it anymore. Not when you need $65,000 a year to maintain a one bedroom apartment in Fredericksburg, not when the top 1% of Virginians make 17.7 times more than the bottom 99% (according to the Economic Policy Institute), and not when Stafford County is the #6 wealthiest county in America. We can do better, and as your delegate, I will do better.

As the son of a single mother, I saw firsthand what it takes to hold down a job in our state, and the hardworking spirit of Virginians. In the Capitol, I’ll fight for the men and women of the 28th District putting in an honest day’s work, day in and day out.

Paul Milde

Paul Milde understands high taxes and reckless spending cripple our economy’s growth. That’s why he cut millions of dollars in taxes, by:

Repealing the job-crushing Business, Professional, and Occupational (BPOL) Tax, and
Slashing personal property taxes.
As a result of Paul’s leadership, Stafford County’s job growth soared to first place in the state while the county’s bond rating was strengthened to AAA status.

As your Delegate, Paul will always stand for common-sense free market principles and against the socialist economic policies of the extreme left.

Education

Joshua Cole

In takes someone who understands our problems to fix our problems. A product of the Stafford County Public School System and now serving on Superintendent Kinzer’s Equity, Diversity, and Opportunity Committee, I know the problems our schools face not only from a student’s perspective but from that of a community member as well.

Solving our problems starts early, with early childhood education, and universal pre-school for all Virginia’s sons and daughters. As these children rise up through the public education system, they should be meet by facilities that receive a fair and equal distribution of state and local funding, to eliminate the inequalities that we see going on statewide.

Guiding these men and women through the halls of our institutions should be teachers who don’t just hear our praise, but feel it in their pocketbooks and wallets. An across-the-board pay raise for our teachers and paraprofessionals is not only required, but mandatory if we intend to keep the best and the brightest in Virginia educating our children.

Beyond this, ending the playground-to-prison pipeline is one of my top legislative priorities. Too many children are subject to overpunishment that puts them on a path curtailing their education and increasing the risk they engage in criminal activity. By simply practicing restorative justice within our schools, eliminating or reducing out of school suspensions for minor behavioral episodes, and reclassifying incidents away from criminal occurrences and back towards childhood outbursts, we can keep our children in the classroom and on a path to success.

Paul Milde

Paul Milde will work hard to improve infrastructure. Paul has a track record of developing infrastructure while on the Stafford Board of Supervisors. He’s been pivotal in starting, funding, and completing hundreds of infrastructure projects.

As your delegate, he will bring the fight to Richmond to get the infrastructure funding the Fredericksburg area so desperately needs.

Infrastructure

Joshua Cole

If you’re a Virginian with a driver’s license, then I don’t have to tell you about how our infrastructure can’t handle the Virginia of today, let alone the Virginia of tomorrow.

One of the worst commutes in America, in terms of traffic, is along the I-95 corridor from Fredericksburg to Washington, DC. But you already knew that. With so many of our residents heading up and down 95 each and every week, we need a delegate who will actually put forward the legislation to end this traffic nightmare, not just talk about the issue. We need solutions that will rebuild our roads and improve our public transportation options, not rhetoric that leaves us stuck in the same old gridlock. As your delegate, I’ll get gridlock out of the House of Delegates, and off of our streets and roads.

Paul Milde

Paul Milde will work hard to improve infrastructure. Paul has a track record of developing infrastructure while on the Stafford Board of Supervisors. He’s been pivotal in starting, funding, and completing hundreds of infrastructure projects.

As your delegate, he will bring the fight to Richmond to get the infrastructure funding the Fredericksburg area so desperately needs.

Preserving Stafford’s Treasures

Paul Milde

House of Delegates District 28 is home to one of our nation’s greatest treasures, George Washington’s Ferry Farm. Paul Milde helped protect this historic landmark. He also led the Board of Supervisors’ efforts to preserve The Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve and Government Island and helped to establish the Stafford Civil War Park and the Belmont Ferry Farm Trails. With Paul’s leadership, Stafford County preserved 10,000 acres during his 12-year tenure on the Board of Supervisors.

Paul also prioritized funding for voter approved parks and recreation projects such as the new baseball fields at Chichester Park and the soccer and football fields and swimming pool complex at Embrey Mill.

Civil Rights

Joshua Cole

Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment

Until we pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), it is still remains legal to discriminate against Virginians on the basis of one’s gender. I refuse to stand idle while women and members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to be treated as second class citizens across the Commonwealth.  I believe that all people are created equal, regardless of their sex or gender identity. Virginia must become the 38th state to pass the ERA to meet the threshold for ratification in the United States Constitution, and I intend to make it happen.

Protecting Reproductive Freedom

Every year, conservatives in Richmond work tirelessly to deny citizens across the Commonwealth their reproductive liberty and body autonomy. I will work to block any attempt to criminalize abortion, silence victims of assault, and restrict access to contraceptives in Virginia.

 

Environmental Action

Joshua Cole

We have a lot to be thankful for in our district, but one of our greatest resources, one of the things we take most for granted, is the natural environment we’re blessed with in Stafford County and Fredericksburg. It can be a place we go for picnics and playgrounds, or, for the many farmers who populate our district, the means for income and employment. That’s why protecting our environment is a charge I take seriously.

This is about more than keeping our grass green. It’s about reducing the number of days with extreme heat, so we can keep our infrastructure from buckling. It’s about preserving green spaces so that we have a place to bring our children. It’s about holding bad actors who continue to pollute our beautiful Virginian environment accountable for their actions. I will work with, and for, the communities of our district so that we can leave behind a Virginia that is greener and greater than it is today.

Health Care

Joshua Cole

Passing Medicaid expansion was a huge win for Virginians, and long overdue. But with Republicans tacking on work requirements, the access to healthcare we should all have is being curtailed by those looking to play politics with our lives. Now, we’ve got a job to finish: repeal the requirements and pass Medicaid-for-All so every Virginian can see a doctor. No one should ever have to choose between spending money on medication or spending it on groceries. Virginia can, and must, do better.

But improving our healthcare system should not end there. In a state with such a large active and retired military population, especially here in the 28th district, it’s essential that we dedicate more time and resources to improving the systems we have in place to care for our veterans. Long wait times, uncovered care, and unkempt facilities are not how we show our respect for those who have given so much for all of us.

Criminal Justice Reform

Joshua Cole

It is now common cause, uniting Virginias of all political stripes, to champion the idea that our criminal justice system is in desperate need of reform. But the folks in Richmond continue to fail to act to right the wrongs of our penal codes. The effects of this misapplication of justice on our diverse community have been far and wide, and it’s time for them to come to an end.

It begins with a return to community policing. Our communities are built on strong ties between neighbors, and those should extend to relationships between our citizens and the police. Enabling that trust should be accelerated by the passing of a statewide requirement for force-wide use of body and dash cameras.

And rebuilding our communities also means creating sensible drug rehabilitation policies. Too many communities have been decimated by burdensome arrests and jail sentences caused by infractions related to issues of mental health and addiction. We see this happening more and more in the face of our opioid and heroin epidemic. But we’ve substituted incarceration for care. I’ll fight to make sure our government provides mental health and addiction care to those who have and will end up in legal trouble due to addiction, and that we help with their re-entry into society. Our system should not be one of just punishment, but progress too.

Housing

Joshua Cole

For over two decades, I’ve been fortunate enough to call the 28th District my home. But as I look around today, I see more and more families expressing difficulty finding an affordable place to live in Fredericksburg and Stafford County. It’s no surprise.

We know why this happens. With many in the district shuttling up I-95 for work every day, six-figure salaries from the NoVA area end up here in our area. Developers see these opportunities and our housing stock is proof of that. Those dollars and dealers inflate home values, pricing out the hardworking residents who work to keep our district moving forward. Shouldn’t the residents who work to make this community feel like home be able to afford a home of their own?

Our government can take meaningful steps to ensure that rent-controlled, workforce housing is available to all Virginians. I was proud to stand with Del. Convirs-Fowler as she introduced a bill to further restrict discrimination in housing practices. This is just the beginning though, and we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ll make the 28th a place for everyone to live and work.

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Beverly HarrisonBeverly Harrison

Current Position: Child care center development consultant
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Child care center development consultant
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

My Virginia roots go back to a signer of the Declaration of Independence and two presidents, so you could say the calling to public service runs in my blood. While I feel a deep connection to the past, the challenges of modern life have required me to face the future with a combination of courage, ingenuity, creativity and determination.

 

My story may sound familiar. I was raised in a traditional nuclear family, so I was blindsided by a sudden divorce and the accompanying stress and financial anxiety of raising two small children alone. My family went from giving assistance to needing assistance, and that is a hard and humbling transition for any family to make. We struggled through job loss, near-bankruptcy caused by the Great Recession, lack of health care coverage, and life-threatening illness, but we never gave up. We never stopped believing that together, with the support of our community, our family could triumph. I want every family in the 15th District to know that if they elect me to the House of Delegates, they will have an advocate who understands their struggles working tirelessly on their behalf so that they may triumph, too.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Child care center development consultant

    Worked on multiple federal projects

  • Health educator

    Worked with teenagers and college students

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

District Office
PO Box 523

Woodstock, VA 22664

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Finances

Beverly Harrison is running for the 15th House of Delegates seat in 2019. As of November 5, 2019 Beverly Harrison has raised $82,534.

Source: VPAP

Issues

Economy

Supporting Local Business

Local businesses should be able to fill job openings with local talent. No young person in the 15th District should feel that they have to move away to find dignified, living-wage jobs when those jobs exist right here and go unfilled for lack of training. I believe that by matching vocational training to the needs of our local business community, we can make sure our young people and our businesses have the best chance for mutual success. I will work with local schools and businesses to facilitate Business-Education Partnerships so that our citizens and businesses can continue to call the 15th District home.

Affordable Housing

It should not be a struggle to find affordable housing. Lack of affordable housing is driving citizens out of the Valley. More and more people are being forced from their gentrifying communities, resulting in long commutes and less time for family. The shortage of affordable housing is creating hardship for elderly, young adults, and for lower-income citizens. I will partner with local initiatives to bring creative, affordable housing solutions to District 15.

Education

Student Education

I will work to give your children a high-quality education. Well educated citizens are vital to a healthy democracy, yet my opponent does not seem to believe that our public school system matters at all. In fact, he is the only person in the General Assembly to earn a 0% percent rating from the Virginia Education Association. From my own career in education, I know firsthand the importance of investing in public schools. When our schools engage students, nurture their talents, develop their strengths, and make sure students have the skills they need to succeed in life, everyone benefits. I will work hard to earn a 100% VEA rating on behalf of the students in our district.

It is time to develop new pathways to success for our students and businesses.  I propose a new way of training our students for the specialized skills needed in skilled technical careers.  The Commonwealth could create regional technical programs that offers training to a select group of students. Building on and utlizing the Governors Schools model, students would have access to training that matches their interests with local jobs while also working to educate them on skills that will benefit them now and in the future.  It is time to better serve our vocational students by offering advanced education and opportunities. By utilizing the existing Governors School model and infrastructure, we can provide needed services while being good stewards of limited resources.

Health Care

Quality/Affordable Health Care Coverage

I will work to protect and improve your health care coverage. I believe that every person in our should have access to quality, affordable health care coverage. Thanks to the results of the 2017 election, Virginia joined 32 other states who direct their federal tax dollars back to their own residents through Medicaid expansion. More than 400,000 Virginians now enjoy health care coverage they didn’t before. As a breast cancer survivor, I understand what it means to have a “pre-existing condition.” You can count on me to protect our citizens’ access to affordable, life-saving health care. Our lives depend on it.

Addiction Recovery & Family Support

I will work to provide support to families struggling to recover from addiction. Did you know that at least 10% of the children our district are being raised by family members other than their parents? Children are the often-overlooked victims of the drug crisis. The grandparents and family members who assume the responsibilities of an absent parent do not receive the same level of support or financial aid as foster parents. I will work to make sure that caregivers and parents have the resources they need to help their families cope with and recover from addiction.

Infrastructure

Broadband Access

Every citizen should have access to broadband. Reliable broadband has become essential for students, families, and businesses. Lack of access to high-speed internet is a deterrent to businesses, large and small, which might otherwise locate in our district and contribute jobs and prosperity to our communities. With the advent of telecommuting, many workers in our district could drastically increase time spent with family and improve quality of life, if they could depend on high-speed internet. I will work to expand broadband service and make sure that the existing services are living up to the expectations of 15th District customers.

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Mike Webert 1Mike Webert

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Michael Webert is a proven leader in our community. Since first being elected in 2011, he has passed several pieces of legislation. From reducing red-tape, cutting taxes, fighting for our Second Amendment rights, protecting the unborn, and promoting conservation practices that protect our environment.

Michael has a proven track record of bipartisan accomplishments in the General Assembly and looks forward to continuing to serve the people of the 18th District

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Michael Webert is a proven leader in our community. Since first being elected in 2011, he has passed several pieces of legislation. From reducing red-tape, cutting taxes, fighting for our Second Amendment rights, protecting the unborn, and promoting conservation practices that protect our environment.

Michael has a proven track record of bipartisan accomplishments in the General Assembly and looks forward to continuing to serve the people of the 18th District

About

Mike Webert

Source: Campaign page

Originally born in Denver, Colorado, Michael has called Virginia home for nearly twenty years. He moved to Fauquier County in 1999 where his mothers’ family has called home since the early 1930s.

Michael is a family man, a farmer, and a business owner. He and his lovely wife Rebecca reside in Marshall, VA with their two young sons. Michael is a graduate of George Mason University where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.

After being a radio producer and briefly working in the landscaping industry, Michael went back to his roots (His great grandfather Crane was an Angus breeder in the 50s) and his first business which was in Agriculture. He began managing his family farm, Locust Hill Farm, in 2007.

Locust Hill Farm grows a wide variety of products. They are an Angus and Hereford cattle seedstock producer and sell bulls nationwide. They produce high-quality forages for the horse industry and produce high-quality grain. Fields of corn and soybeans are a common view along with pastures filled with the animals both Michael and his wife love.

After having met Rebecca while she was the Virginia Angus Association’s Executive Director, it became abundantly clear they had more in common than just a love of cattle. Rebecca and Michael were married in 2011.

Michael and Rebecca are also co-owners of Black Locust Livestock Marketing and Consulting; a part-time business that works to help other livestock producers market their livestock and develop strategies in today’s competitive environment.

Michael’s roots run deep in the agricultural community. His great grandfather came to Virginia in the early 30s, and his family has been active in the community ever since. Michael currently sits on the board of the Fauquier Livestock Exchange, which is only fitting as his grandfather was an original stockholder.

Michael and his family have strong ties to the environment and conservation. Being a farmer, Michael believes we must treat the land with respect. Michael has led by example as Locust Hill Farm was awarded the Conservation Farm Award in 2010 by John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District of which Michael is now an Associate Director.

Michael also serves on the Rappahannock River Basin Commission where he has been a champion for the Chesapeake Bay – in 2015 he was awarded the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Legislator of the year. He has also sponsored and passed legislation that will help the Commonwealth reach its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) goals that are included in the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan for the Commonwealth.

Michael is a proven leader in our community. Since first being elected in 2011, he has passed several pieces of legislation. From reducing red-tape, cutting taxes, fighting for our Second Amendment rights, protecting the unborn, and promoting conservation practices that protect our environment, Michael has a proven track record of bipartisan accomplishments in the General Assembly and looks forward to continuing to serve the people of the 18th District.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Farmer

Education

  • B.A., Communication
    George Mason University
    2010

Awards

John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District, Conservation Farm Award (2010)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1979
  • Place of Birth: Denver, CO
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Christian
  • Spouse: Rebecca
  • Children: William and Benjamin

Membership & Affiliation

Fauquier County Farm Bureau (board member)
Fauquier Livestock Exchange (board member)
John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District Board (associate director)
Virginia Forage and Grassland Council (former vice president)
Warrenton Rugby Football Club (former president)
Virginia Angus Association
Virginia Hereford Association
Northern Virginia Angus Association
Blue Ridge Cattlemen’s Association

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Andrew Loposser
Administrative Assistant During Session: Sherry Means District

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1018

District Office
P.O. Box 631
Marshall, VA 20116
Phone: (540) 999-8218

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Mike Webert (R)16,64860.31%
Laura L. Galante (D)10,72738.86%
Write In (Write-in)2290.83%
TOTAL27,604

2017 State DelegateArray

Mike Webert (R)16,68660.4%
Tristan Dailey Shields (D)9,48634.3%
Wilton King (G)1,4335.2%
Write In (Write-in)350.1%
TOTAL27,640

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Mike Webert (R)13,99696.9%
Write In (Write-in)4433.1%
TOTAL14,439

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

WEBERT, MICHAEL J has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $624,060.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Militia, Police and Public Safety
Counties Cities and Towns
Commerce and Labor

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #2
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #1
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #1

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Reducing Taxes

Mike will continue to work for lower taxes that keep more money in the pockets of Virginia families and small businesses, and out of the hands of Richmond so good-paying jobs are created here at home.

Civil Rights

Protecting the Unborn

Mike is a devoted Christian and believes that strong leadership means leaning on that faith in good times and bad. As a Christian, a father, and a husband, Mike believes life begins at conception and is 100% pro-life.

Defending the 2nd Amendment

As an avid hunter, sportsman, and lifetime member of the NRA, Mike will fight to protect our 2nd Amendment rights, and the liberties enshrined by our forefathers. Mike will oppose any legislation that takes away your right to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Economy

Supporting Small Business Development

Mike is one of the founding members, and serves as the Co-Chairman of the Virginia Business Development Caucus (BDC). The BDC was founded by business owners who serve in the General Assembly to introduce and shepherd legislation that promotes entrepreneurship and job growth in the Commonwealth. To monitor and oppose legislation that is contrary to those goals of the caucus. Members of the Virginia General Assembly who are or have been business owners, entrepreneurs or employers who regularly make a payroll, and those who wish to promote the business owner as the key player in economic recovery and long-term economic viability.

Regulatory Reform

In 2018, Mike sponsored and passed House Bill 883 (HB 883) – the most comprehensive regulatory reform bill in the history of the Commonwealth. Cutting red tape and making it easier for businesses to operate is essential to a healthy and growing economy. This bill has laid the foundation for a systematic review and reduction of unnecessary regulatory requirements across state government.

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Laura GalanteLaura Galante

Current Position: Founder, Galante Strategies
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Founder, Galante Strategies
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

I believe that investing our energy at the state level is the most effective way to shape a prosperous and inclusive rural future.

We’re on the cusp of a moment when living in rural areas and small towns can mean locally-based opportunity and close knit communities–not a youth and skill drain to the cities and suburbs. It’s why my husband, son, and I choose to live here in hard-working Marshall, and it’s why I’m running to be your delegate for Virginia’s 18th House District.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign Office
P.O. Box 1012
Marshall, VA 20116

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Politics

Finances

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

Economy

Rural Jobs and Technical Training

Electricians, HVAC technicians, plumbers, welders and other specialty trades are good jobs that will stay local, and haven’t gotten enough attention. With a booming construction industry, an influx of new residents in Northern Virginia and the future Amazon Virginia headquarters coming, our tradesmen have been hard pressed to keep up with the demand for their work.

We need to promote “earn to learn” opportunities to experienced and young workers. Our apprenticeship programs in local high schools are early paths to steady, well paid jobs with unlimited potential to grow business. Coupling apprenticeship and on the job training with project management, marketing, and communications skills can gin our local output of skilled, hard working tradesmen and entrepreneurs.

Richmond needs to hear that trades jobs are what good local, rural jobs look like in Virginia—not just computer coders and Uber drivers. We need to make industry and educational partnerships, like this one at Lord Fairfax Community College enticing and easy to start. The 18th District can jump start Virginia’s dynamic rural economy with a smart push here through our community colleges, high schools, and local companies.

Agriculture

Our farmers are passionate about working the land and raising high quality livestock and poultry, while consumers increasingly demand (and pay a premium) for healthy farming practices. Agriculture is Virginia’s largest private industry bringing in $70 billion dollars a year and a sizable income for the 18th District too. We also have the 3rd largest port on the East Coast and 47% of the U.S. population within a day’s drive from Virginia. These are the ingredients for a game-changing approach to agribusiness built on high value products and an advanced supply chain.

Agriculture in our districts takes many forms: from smart greenhouses in Culpeper to humanely raised livestock and poultry, world class equestrian sports to high grade lumber and forestry operations. We can promote these top notch producers by making procurement processes in Richmond favorable to Virginia producers. That means making it easy for school systems to buy from farms right next door, not on the other side of the country. In addition to the larger cow-calf and row crop operations that dominate the landscape, we have small consumer-driven farm models that drive us locally.

We need to bolster the programs that have been key to scaling innovation for farm operations like a robust Cooperative Extension, coordinated marketing efforts, promoting food hubs, and developing local markets for quality production. We also need to partner creatively with distributors and buyers to get the highest value for our local ag products in East Coast consumer markets.

Small Businesses and Families

We should be looking for ways to ensure Virginia is the place where small businesses, not just Fortune 500s, can thrive. In Fauquier county, 85% of the Chamber of Commerce members have fewer than five employees. Prioritizing better high speed internet access at the state level is key to empowering and growing our local, small businesses. Educating Virginia’s future workforce in new fields like data analytics and cybersecurity, in addition to highlighting local growth areas like tourism, should be a priority in Richmond.

Virginia is known for our business friendly atmosphere, but we should also improve our ranks as a great place to work. That starts by enforcing employment laws that are already on the books and ensuring companies are classifying employees properly–not cheating people out of wages. We should also pass equal pay for equal work legislation and prohibit non-compete agreements that limit Virginians’ employment opportunities.

Education

Investing in Education

We all know teachers who go far and beyond the call of duty, running extracurricular clubs and sports, staying late to tutor, looking out for a lonely kid or challenging the rising star. We need to keep our best educational warriors and attract talented new ones to our rural districts—this means competitive teacher pay, especially in a higher cost of living place like ours. It’s a shame that Virginia ranks flat out worst in the U.S. when it comes to our teacher pay gap. Even with a recent pay increase, we’re losing teachers every year to the states and school districts that compensate teachers better.

Parents (and grandparents) are our first and ongoing life teachers and supporting them is critical to a strong Virginia. Keeping an eye out for the places and people that make our towns great for families, is something I do and will drive at in Richmond. As a mom and 4-H leader, I notice the extra care of libraries, deputies, firefights, counselors, and extension agents put in to make our counties thrive. We need to support their admirable service.

Career Exposure

Good jobs come in a number of shapes and sizes, we need to expose our youth and entry level workers to job paths earlier and in a more concerted way. High school seniors shouldn’t be wondering what’s next. They should have years of exposure to local professionals, skilled trade workers, business opportunities, new industries, and ways to serve their community. We need the curriculum flexibility—and that means retooling some of Virginia’s Standard of Learning exams—to give students a more dynamic look at the future educational and work environment. Our apprenticeship and technical training paths should be available earlier without lowering our standards for basic educational attainment. We need representation that will take a wider view of preparing students with all types of capabilities and interests to prosper in a future economy.

Environment

Counties to our east are a daily reminder of the havoc that unplanned suburban sprawl can have on the region. Maintaining the rural character of the district isn’t just about preserving the natural beauty around us. Dedicated conservation efforts are key to keeping the water we drink, rivers we fish, and land where we grow our families, crops, and livestock safe and healthy for the future. Whether it’s the Rappahannock or the Shenandoah, our river health and the best management practices that improve it, are commitments Richmond must make to our Commonwealth.

Health Care

No idea how much a medical procedure might cost? Worried about whether that blood work might leave you with a bill that will take a year to pay off? You’re not alone. Most patients, let alone medical professionals, have no sense of how much their healthcare will cost until they are paying off the deductible or the whole cost after the fact. This isn’t right, and it’s no way to run a market. We need to know how much a procedure will cost before we authorize it. We should insist on this basic level of transparency from insurers and health companies. There’s nothing else in your life that you buy without looking at the price tag—it’s not right that you’re having to make blind decisions when it comes to you and your family’s health.

We’re used to long drives here, but there’s a difference between having a medical provider in town and having to go 40 miles for urgent care or a specialist. Opening a medical practice is a risk, especially for a solo practitioner—we need to look for ways to lower that risk so we have more healthcare choices closer to home. We should explore ways to have more local healthcare professionals or expand suburban practices to rural areas, and employ telehealth and patient portal technology. Richmond can’t just focus on rural hospital closures, we need to look for ways to attract more front line medical professionals to small towns and keep them here too.

Infrastructure

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy isn’t about tree hugging; it’s about jobs and our country’s future energy needs and green initiatives are a top priority of the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce. By 2020, China–currently the world’s worst polluter–will produce 30% of its energy from renewable sources like solar and wind. Now’s the time for Virginia to seize the opportunity to lead in what is becoming an economic driver and energy sector game-changer.

The renewable energy sector employs 800,000 Americans, roughly the same size as the U.S. telecom industry. Whether it’s engineering more efficient wind turbines and solar panels, or installing them, renewable energy is the sector for good rural Virginia jobs. It’s also where we are seeing a high demand for technicians, HVAC specialists, electricians and other tradespeople.

To make this happen in the 18th District, we need leadership that will advocate for Virginians and is not afraid to push our state energy company towards an innovative business model. We need to use the Commonwealth’s buying power through state colleges, universities, and other state facility contracts to insist on energy efficient operations and renewable targets. We can use Virginia’s buying power to expand the market for solar and other renewable technologies while driving down prices for consumers and spurring new business.

Internet

Where was the internet invented? Virginia, of course. To this day 70% of the world’s internet traffic runs through Northern Virginia. And yet, significant parts of our district lack reliable internet access. With broadband deserts across Fauquier, Warren, Culpeper, and Rappahannock, we’re losing opportunities for people to run their businesses, telecommute, apply for jobs, further their education, and access healthcare and other vital online services.

I’ve spent a decade in cybersecurity and technology, and I know that when you have a long running problem like this, it pays to take a fresh look and evaluate how we’re tackling it. Great effort has already gone into getting reliable internet access to our schools, libraries, and county resources. Now we need to extend broadband to that proverbial last mile (or five.)

I will be your dedicated advocate in Richmond for finishing the job. This will take a combination of navigating the state bureaucracy, concerted work with the telecoms and electric co-ops, exploring new technologies like road adhering fiber, and persistence.

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Jennifer Lewis 1Jennifer Lewis

Current Position: Mental health worker
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Mental health worker
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

Jennifer Lewis is a mental health worker, community advocate, and leader in the fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. She’s been a civically active member of her community in Augusta County and Waynesboro, volunteering for various local groups, serving on boards and commissions, and fighting on the front lines for the values of the valley. 

Jennifer has volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brother Big Sister, winning “Big” of the Year in 2009. She’s served as Chair of the Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Board for eight years and currently serves as Chair of the Office on Youth Commission. 

When Jennifer saw farms in the Valley being threatened by Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, she founded Friends of Augusta, a local pipeline opposition group. As President, she’s organized demonstrations, rallies, and meetings with FERC and elected officials. She’s also setup fundraisers and written columns in local papers addressing the disastrous effects the proposed pipelines will have on our land, water, and air – not to mention our property rights.

Jennifer spent the early part of her professional career working in the Virginia public school system, providing mental health services to at-risk youth. She currently works with adults with mental illness who are transitioning from inpatient care back into the community.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Chair of Board
    Waynesboro Parks and Recreation
  • Chair
    Office on Youth Commission
  • Founder and President
    Friends of Augusta

    As President, she’s organized demonstrations, rallies, and meetings with FERC and elected officials. She’s also setup fundraisers and written columns in local papers addressing the disastrous effects the proposed pipelines will have on our land, water, and air – not to mention our property rights.

Volunteer Experience

Boys and Girls Club

Big Brother Big Sister Club

    Awards

    “Big” of the Year award winner in 2009

    Contact

    Email:

    Offices

    Jennifer Lewis for Delegate
    P.O. Box 431
    Waynesboro, VA 22980

    Web

    Facebook, Twitter

    Politics

    Finances

    Source: Follow the Money

    Issues

    Civil Rights

    Moving Women Forward

    We all have mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters – women we couldn’t live without. Don’t they have a right to pursue their dreams, to be treated (and paid) fairly at work, to make decisions about their own bodies?

    That’s why Jennifer supports providing up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, wants to increase funding for domestic violence shelters, urges Virginia’s General Assembly to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and wants to protect funding for women’s health centers.

    Economy

    Agriculture

    Jennifer comes from a farming family, and she understands the stress and strains endured by family farms. She wants to encourage policy that allows farms to sell directly to consumers and restaurants. Just like in other industries, corporate conglomeration and monopolization has led to large agribusiness crushing competition from smaller farms. Jennifer supports tough enforcement of antitrust laws in the industry.

    Environment

    Environment

    Jennifer opposes both the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. She pledges to stand with landowners in opposition to eminent domain takings that favor large for-profit corporations. Jennifer also supports reforming FERC so citizens and scientists have as much influence as fossil-fuel industry lobbyists. Jennifer refuses contributions from Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power. Our priority should be green energy infrastructure and jobs. Jennifer supports legislation moving us towards 100% clean and renewable energy as soon as possible.

    Health Care

    Legalizing Hemp and Marijuana

    We need to start being reasonable about marijuana and hemp. Marijuana should be legal for medicinal and recreational adult use. Likewise, Jennifer believes we should be free to cultivate hemp legally.

    Infrastructure

    Infrastructure and Rural Broadband

    We need to increase capital lending to small businesses and expand high-speed broadband networks throughout the district. It is vital that we have rural broadband as it is crucial to the growth of the 20th district.

    Jennifer also opposes the proposed toll for Interstate 81, a main artery of the Shenandoah Valley. Jennifer supports a slight increase in fuel tax to eliminate the need for a toll on I81.

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    Janice AllenJanice Allen

    Current Position: Employed in housing-related fields
    Affiliation: None
    Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

    Overview: N/A

    Summary

    Current Position: Employed in housing-related fields
    Affiliation: None
    Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Source: Daily Progress

    Allen, who lives in Rockingham County just outside Harrisonburg, according to online election documents, finished a distant third behind former U.S. Rep. Goodlatte, a Roanoke Republican, and Democratic candidate Sam Rasoul during the 2008 congressional contest. According to the Virginia Department of Elections, Goodlatte won re-election that year with 61.6% of the vote, with Rasoul winning 36.6% and Allen taking just 1.7% of the ballots cast.

     
    In 2016, Allen, running as Janice Allen Boyd, challenged Republican Howard Morgan Griffith for the 9th District congressional seat, which represents much of Southwest Virginia, including Bristol and Martinsville, according to The Roanoke Times. Congressional candidates are not required by the U.S. Constitution to live in the district in which they run, only in the state.

    During that race, she was described by The Times as being a “pro-life, pro-guns, pro-coal” candidate who supported the platform of then-presidential nominee Donald Trump.

    Griffith easily defeated Allen and Democrat Derek Kitts, winning more than 68.5% of the vote.

    Allen, who has been employed in housing-related fields, received an undergraduate degree in political science from Emory and Henry College and a master’s in urban planning from Virginia Tech.

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    Tony Wilt 1Tony Wilt

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
    Affiliation: Republican

    Tony Wilt serves on three committees in the House, which include Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (ACNR); Commerce and Labor; and Militia, Police and Public Safety (MPP). In 2014 he was appointed as Chairman of ACNR Subcommittee #3, which predominantly considers water quality and Chesapeake Bay related issues. In 2018 he was named Chair of MPP Subcommittee #2.

    In addition, he serves as the Chairman of the Virginia Small Business Commission, is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the Manufacturing Development Commission, and the Board of Visitors for the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
    Affiliation: Republican

    Tony Wilt serves on three committees in the House, which include Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (ACNR); Commerce and Labor; and Militia, Police and Public Safety (MPP). In 2014 he was appointed as Chairman of ACNR Subcommittee #3, which predominantly considers water quality and Chesapeake Bay related issues. In 2018 he was named Chair of MPP Subcommittee #2.

    In addition, he serves as the Chairman of the Virginia Small Business Commission, is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the Manufacturing Development Commission, and the Board of Visitors for the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.

    About

    Tony Wilt

    First elected to the House of Delegates in June of 2010 in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Matt Lohr, Tony is currently serving his fourth full term as the Delegate for the 26th District. He serves on three committees in the House, which include Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (ACNR); Commerce and Labor; and Militia, Police and Public Safety (MPP). In 2014 he was appointed as Chairman of ACNR Subcommittee #3, which predominantly considers water quality and Chesapeake Bay related issues. In 2018 he was named Chair of MPP Subcommittee #2.  In addition, he serves as the Chairman of the Virginia Small Business Commission, is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the Manufacturing Development Commission, and the Board of Visitors for the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.

    Tony is a lifelong Shenandoah Valley resident who grew up in Bergton and now lives just outside Broadway. He is president and general manager of his family’s business, Superior Concrete Inc., which has been serving the local community for over 60 years. Tony is a past president of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, an active Ruritan and a past Zone Three Governor for the Ruritan’s in Rockingham County. He is a life member of the National Rifle Association and an active member of several other sport hunting associations. Tony and his wife, Vickie, have been married for over 30 years and have two grown children.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • President/General Manager
      Superior Concrete, Inc

    Education

    • Bachelor of Applied Ministry
      Cornerstone Bible College
      2005
    • A.A
      Blue Ridge Community College
      1994

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1961
    • Place of Birth: Harrisonburg, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Nondenominational
    • Spouse: Vickie
    • Children: Rebecca and Matthew

    Membership & Affiliation

    Truth and Grace Ministries (elder)
    Virginia Small Business Commission (chairman)
    Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (board of visitors)
    Bergton Ruritan
    NRA (life member)
    Virginia Bear Hunters Association
    Manufacturing Development Commission

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Chad Funkhouser
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Ann Vazquez

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1026

    District Office
    P.O. Box 1425
    Harrisonburg, VA 22803
    Phone: (540) 208-0735

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Tony O. Wilt (R)10,27353.99%
    Brent M. Finnegan (D)8,72545.85%
    Write-In (Write-in)310.16%
    TOTAL19,029

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Tony Wilt (R)11,10654.5%
    Brent Michael Finnegan (D)9,23445.3%
    Write In (Write-in)300.1%
    TOTAL20,370

    Finances

    WILT, TONY O has run in 4 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $302,214.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Militia, Police and Public Safety
    Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
    Commerce and Labor

    Subcommittees

    Chair: Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #3
    Chair: Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #2
    Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #4
    Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #3

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Civil Rights

    Defending the Second Amendment

    As a lifelong sportsman and concealed carry permit holder, I am a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. I have fought attempts to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens to use firearms for self-defense or for sporting purposes, and I will always support the rights of innocent citizens to defend themselves and their families from those who would seek to do harm. I have had the opportunity to advance pro-gun policies that eliminate unnecessary firearm restrictions and further expand the rights of lawful gun owners. I will continue to support this fundamental right.

    The Right to Life

    I am firmly pro-life. I will continue to do everything in my power to prevent our tax money from providing abortions. In cases where a mother chooses to have an abortion, I have and will continue to support efforts that ensure that she is fully aware of the decision she is making and all of the alternative options available to her. I also supported and signed on as a co-patron to the measure which ensures that when abortions are performed, they are performed in a safe, clean environment with all of the proper equipment available

    Economy

    Economic Prosperity and Job Creation

    Traditionally Virginia has been ranked as one of the top states for business and job creation, but in recent years our rankings have begun to slip. Last year we were actually near the bottom of the list of states for economic growth. These are more than statistics, this translates to less opportunities for jobs and upward improvement in the lives of Virginia families.

    As a businessman, I know that government can’t create jobs, but it can foster a climate to make it easier for the private sector to prosper.

    To improve our jobs climate, we need to let Shenandoah Valley families and small businesses keep more of their own money to invest in their communities by lowering the tax burden and controlling spending. Where appropriate, we should lift the burden of costly regulations that are not serving their intended purpose or the public interest. While overregulation can be harmful to all businesses, it can be most detrimental for small businesses that simply do not have the resources to try to stay both compliant and profitable. Additionally, we must maintain and strengthen our right-to-work laws that give workers the freedom to choose whether or not they want to participate in a labor union.

    During my time in office I have opposed tax and fee increases and patroned measures that seek to cut through government red tape and place more scrutiny on our existing regulations. I have consistently supported legislation that solidifies our status as a right-to-work state, which is one of the greatest tools in our toolbelt for attracting new businesses and jobs to the Commonwealth.

    I am a firm believer in our free market system. It provides the best opportunity for every citizen to pursue his or her dreams. Government has a responsibility to establish a level playing field and basic requirements for safety and welfare, but it should not be so intrusive and costly that it stifles the ability of individuals to pursue their dreams.

    Education

    Ensuring a Quality Education for all Virginians

    The Commonwealth consistently has one of the top ranked public education systems in the United States. However, changing technology and workforce needs require us to constantly reevaluate what can be done better. I support the current high school redesign effort to better prepare students for the workforce or higher education upon graduation from high school. While the success of our schools is not based solely on funding, it is an important factor. Since I took office, the General Assembly has invested an additional $1,040 per student annually back into k-12 education. I have supported teacher pay increases and efforts to direct more dollars to the classroom, and will continue to do so.

    I believe in accountability for students and teachers, but I also understand that too much standardization and testing can stifle student interest and limit teacher effectiveness. This is why I supported the Standards of Learning Reform legislation in 2014 and will continue to favorably consider other reforms that seek to strike a more appropriate balance.

    We are blessed to have local public schools that generally perform above the state-wide averages, but unfortunately some areas of Virginia are not so fortunate. Even in good schools there are students that are not thriving in the traditional learning environment. This is why I have consistently supported and co-patroned legislation that seeks to provide improved opportunities for all students, regardless of income, zip code, or individual learning needs. Among these proposals, I have supported measures to establish more charter schools in Virginia, a full time virtual learning program, a scholarship tax credit program that allows low income individuals to attend private school, and a measure that would empower parents of disabled students to utilize resources that would otherwise be expended on their student in the traditional classroom setting to get the specialized assistance they may need.

    Safety

    Law enforcement must have the tools they need to protect our communities. This starts with ensuring they are fairly compensated for putting themselves in harm’s way day after day. While no amount of pay is adequately sufficient, during the 2017 Session we provided a significant boost to our State Police along with more modest increases for locally supported officers.

    I believe redemption and rehabilitation should be the goal for individuals that commit criminal acts. However, victims of crime cannot be forgotten. I support out truth in sentencing laws, as they ensure individuals that commit serious crimes do not get a simple slap on the wrist for their offense. During my service, I have patroned several measures to protect victims and make our communities a safer place to live. Among these are initiatives to expand the Address Confidentiality Program which helps protect victims of domestic violence and the creation of a presumption against granting bail for defendants who threaten a witness. I also sponsored legislation that increases the penalty for soliciting a minor for prostitution, straightened our texting while driving laws, and ensure defendants that commit heinous crimes post sufficient bond to guarantee they appear in court.

    Personal Responsibility

    While there is a need for a safety net to protect the economically disadvantaged from falling into dire conditions, in most cases such entitlement programs should be designed as temporary assistance, rather than long term, which undoubtedly creates a culture of dependence. Furthermore, I support efforts which crack down on abuse, fraud, and unnecessary waste in these programs. I successfully carried a measure which prohibits TANF (welfare) recipients from purchasing inappropriate items with taxpayer dollars, such as alcohol and tobacco products. I intend to continue to pursue reforms such as this that ensure tax dollars are being used for their intended purpose.

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    Brent FinneganBrent Finnegan

    Current Position: Works at the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at JMU
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

    Overview: N/A

    Summary

    Current Position: Works at the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at JMU
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Brent Finnegan 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Brent’s years of outreach and civic involvement in the 26th District have informed his awareness of the issues our communities face, and the collaborative solutions to address them. He has consistently done the work of outreach on behalf of other candidates that have run campaigns rooted in the values of dignity, equality and justice for all. In 2017, Brent ran for this seat and stunned the Republican incumbent by securing over 45 percent of the vote.

    Since then, Brent has continued to participate with many local grassroots organizations and helped to mobilize an incredible local volunteer operation in 2018, when Sen. Kaine won in this district. Democrats in District 26 have an opportunity to claim a seat in the House of Delegates this year. The most experienced and consistently dedicated candidate is Brent Finnegan.

    BRENT’S BACKGROUND
    Brent has spent most of his life serving communities across the Shenandoah Valley. He was raised in Broadway, and lives in Harrisonburg, where he currently serves on the Planning Commission.

    He has been an active volunteer, teaching citizenship classes at Skyline Literacy and raising funds for Our Community Place. He has produced TV shows and documentaries about immigration policy and farming issues. He founded and ran a local news website, hburgnews.com, which broke local news stories and implemented innovative ways to include readers in the news-making process.

    Currently, Brent works at the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at JMU, where he collaborates with local educators and health professionals to create online trainings and resources to reduce drug abuse and teen pregnancy, and support rural health initiatives in our community.

    BRENT’S VISION
    Brent takes a values-based approach to every issue. He believes we should treat others the way we would want to be treated, and protect and preserve our planet and natural resources. He will continue to push for equality, dignity, and justice for all Virginians. There is a better way of operating, and examples are all around us. We can learn from the successes and failures of other states’ policies to create a Virginia that works for all of us.

    Web

    Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    Prioritizing the Common Good
    Brent supports investing public money in programs and institutions that help the largest number of Virginians.

    ✅ Better funding for our schools, especially for our underpaid teachers and school counselors. Address the teacher shortage by restoring education funding to pre-Recession levels.

    ✅ Fund regional transit in the Shenandoah Valley, so that people in Timberville, Broadway, and Dayton have the option of getting to and from Harrisonburg without having to rely on a car.

    ✅ Prioritize public safety on I-81. That includes funding improvements for truck climbing lanes where necessary, as well as funding for freight rail programs to reduce the number of trucks on the interstate. In the long-term, we need to be planning and funding passenger rail in the Valley.

    ✅ Tuition-free community college and trade schools. Virginia should join Maryland, Kentucky, and Tennessee in offering “last dollar” scholarships for in-state students.

    ✅ Common sense gun laws that keep weapons of war off the street, out of our schools and places of worship, and prioritize public safety over the profits of the gun industry.

    Pro-Family, Pro-Worker
    All Virginians deserve the dignity of working a job that allows us to support ourselves and our families, get adequate rest, and spend quality time with the people we love.

    ✅ Raise the minimum wage to a living wage.

    ✅ Ensure paid family leave for all Virginia workers.

    ✅ Repeal Virginia’s “Right To Work” (for less) law, which Virginia voters rejected at the polls in 2016.

    Real Justice Reform
    Brent wants to end this shameful era of New Jim Crow, over-criminalization, and mass incarceration in Virginia.

    ✅ Decriminalize and regulate marijuana. Use that tax revenue to better fund our schools. Let people in jail for marijuana convictions out, and expunge criminal records for past marijuana convictions.

    ✅ End cash bail debtor’s prison.

    ✅ Stop reimbursing local governments 25 percent of the costs of building new jails. People who struggle with mental illness and substance use disorders need treatment, not incarceration. We have a shortage of beds and in-patient programs for people struggling with mental illness and addiction. We should be funding that instead of building new jails.

    ✅ Stop incentivizing Virginia’s prison industrial complex. All state universities and institutions are currently required by the Code of Virginiato purchase furniture made with prison labor. Brent will work to change that.

    ✅ End voter disenfranchisement of felons.

    Fight for a Livable Future
    Virginia’s land, air, and water belong to all of us, and must be protected from fracked gas pipelines and other sources of pollution. We need to take immediate and meaningful action to stop the breakdown of our climate. Virginia must reduce our carbon pollution by 45% by 2031.

    ✅ Oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

    ✅ Support a bold green economic plan that leaves no communities behind, creates well-paying sustainable jobs, and transitions Virginia away from dependence on fossil fuels.

    ✅ Current state law discourages expansion of solar power in the state. Brent supports the Virginia Solar Freedom bill.

    ✅ Adopt better-than-federal motor vehicle standards to protect Virginians from dirty air, and reduce carbon emissions.

    ✅ Implement a just and equitable carbon tax that doesn’t put undue financial burdens on Virginians who can least afford to pay for it.

    Liberty and Equality for All
    Everyone deserves to be treated equally, with dignity and respect regardless of sex, gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual preference or identity.

    ✅ Ban housing discrimination against LGBTQ people.

    ✅ Protect Virginians’ 4th Amendment right to privacy, as well as data privacy.

    ✅ Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

    ✅ Protect the right to choose. There is no path to equality that doesn’t include the right of reproductive choice. Everyone has authority over their own bodies, and should have the right to make their own healthcare decisions.

    ✅ Enact and fund pro-people, pro-family policies like paid family leave, a living wage, contraceptive programs, and childcare support — policies that have greatly reduced the rate of abortions in other states.

    ✅ Our immigrant and refugee neighbors should feel welcome here. Virginia should issue driver’s privilege cards so that people who need to drive get proper training, and can get auto insurance.

    Respect and Empower Local Communities
    We should have the authority to govern ourselves. The state should empower localities to become sustainable, resilient, and self-reliant.

    ✅ Reform Dillon’s Rule , and give local governments the flexibility and authority to solve local problems at the local level. Let the state legislature focus on state problems and let Bridgewater determine whether the community center can sell liquor after 8 p.m.

    ✅ Allow localities more flexibility, state funding, and better options to address the affordable housing crisis.

    ✅ Rural broadband: support locally-owned high-speed internet options.

    ✅ Oppose preemption, and rein in state legislative overreach by forbidding special legislation targeting specific localities.

    ✅ Oppose the expansion of big ag monopoly power, and support family farms. The state should empower farmers to realize the profits from their labor by ensuring fairness at the bargaining table.

    ✅ Create a public banking option for Virginians that will work with local credit unions to invest in our own communities and avoid high fees and interest rates on municipal loans.

    ✅ Empower regional planning so that large corporations can’t pit Broadway against Timberville to elicit local tax incentives and bring in big box stores that harm small local businesses.

    Healthcare is a Human Right
    States should do everything they can to ensure nobody dies or suffers financially because they lack adequate insurance.

    ✅ Create a path to Medicare-for-All and lower healthcare costs by implementing an all-payer rate setting program in Virginia.

    ✅ Get rid of the onerous work requirements for Medicaid expansion.

    ✅ Lower the costs of prescription drugs by increasing pharmacy cost transparency and importing approved pharmaceuticals from Canada.

    Reclaim Our Democracy
    We need to end corporate control in Richmond, and put the power in the hands of the people, where it belongs.

    ✅ Fight for citizen-led ballot initiatives, so voters can go around unresponsive legislators.

    ✅ Refuse campaign donations from publicly-regulated monopolies and industry interest groups.

    ✅ Support ranked-choice voting in Virginia.

    ✅ Push for automatic voter registration.

     

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    Paul Milde IIIPaul Milde

    Current Position: Businessman
    Affiliation: Republican
    Candidate: 2019 State Delegate
    Former Position(s): Chair, Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 2011 – 2017

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    Summary

    Current Position: Businessman
    Affiliation: Republican
    Candidate: 2019 State Delegate
    Former Position(s): Chair, Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 2011 – 2017

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Paul Milde III 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Paul Milde is a Stafford County businessman who served 12 years on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. Paul has lived in Stafford since 1989 and has two grown children, Travis and Bailey. Paul is a lifelong entrepreneur who believes that with hard work and a willingness to innovate, we can find public policy solutions to even the thorniest of problems. Paul has a track record of success with this common-sense approach to government. His work to preserve Stafford’s Crow’s Nest peninsula proved that land preservation can be achieved without trampling property rights. As a three-time chairman of the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO), Paul learned how important it is for our region to have a tenacious advocate for funding to address the perennial problem of traffic. Since his term on the Board of Supervisors ended in 2017, Paul has remained engaged in these and many other issues facing our region.

    Contact

    Email:

    Web

    Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

    Issues

    Economy

    Paul Milde understands high taxes and reckless spending cripple our economy’s growth. That’s why he cut millions of dollars in taxes, by:

    Repealing the job-crushing Business, Professional, and Occupational (BPOL) Tax, and
    Slashing personal property taxes.
    As a result of Paul’s leadership, Stafford County’s job growth soared to first place in the state while the county’s bond rating was strengthened to AAA status.

    As your Delegate, Paul will always stand for common-sense free market principles and against the socialist economic policies of the extreme left.

    Education

    Paul Milde will work hard to improve infrastructure. Paul has a track record of developing infrastructure while on the Stafford Board of Supervisors. He’s been pivotal in starting, funding, and completing hundreds of infrastructure projects.

    As your delegate, he will bring the fight to Richmond to get the infrastructure funding the Fredericksburg area so desperately needs.

    Infrastructure

    Transportation

    Paul Milde will work hard to improve infrastructure. Paul has a track record of developing infrastructure while on the Stafford Board of Supervisors. He’s been pivotal in starting, funding, and completing hundreds of infrastructure projects.

    As your delegate, he will bring the fight to Richmond to get the infrastructure funding the Fredericksburg area so desperately needs.

    Preserving Stafford’s Treasures

    House of Delegates District 28 is home to one of our nation’s greatest treasures, George Washington’s Ferry Farm. Paul Milde helped protect this historic landmark. He also led the Board of Supervisors’ efforts to preserve The Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve and Government Island and helped to establish the Stafford Civil War Park and the Belmont Ferry Farm Trails. With Paul’s leadership, Stafford County preserved 10,000 acres during his 12-year tenure on the Board of Supervisors.

    Paul also prioritized funding for voter approved parks and recreation projects such as the new baseball fields at Chichester Park and the soccer and football fields and swimming pool complex at Embrey Mill.

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    Ann RidgewayAnn Ridgeway

    Current Position: Juvenile probation counselor
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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    Summary

    Current Position: Juvenile probation counselor
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Ann Ridgeway 1

    Source: Campaign page

    nn is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in psychology. As a teenager, she worked in a home for mentally ill teenagers, volunteered in a juvenile court service unit in Norfolk supporting teenagers on probation, and served as an advisor to a youth group at St. Andrews Church in Norfolk. Following her graduation, Ann began work as a juvenile probation counselor in Orange County.​

    Ann was instrumental in the establishment of the Orange County Youth Commission and the Orange County Youth Council, working with a start-up research grant and a core group of citizens to create these vital public resources. As an ongoing advisor to the group, Ann helped set up “dragnet” dances for teens on Friday nights, developed the first Festival of Arts and Sciences for the county school system, created a health fair, and started an annual Law Day at the high school, and established the Outstanding Youth Advocate and the Youth Award. She coordinated with the school board and the youth council to create a new system-wide drug policy, advocated for county funding of a new Orange County Office on Youth, and subsequently helped establish the Orange County Recreation Department.

    Ann has served as a substitute teacher with the Orange County schools, on the board of the Orange County Fair, and on a Virginia board focusing on teenage alcohol concerns. She set up an in-school-suspension program and later developed a program for teenagers with discipline problems called REACH for Orange High School. Ann was also instrumental in leading a community action group that successfully advocated for the relocation of a cell tower in the Locust Dale neighborhood.​

    Ann has been married to her husband, Michael, since 1978. They have lived in Madison since 1980. For several years, she was a stay-at-home mom for her three children: Sarah, Katherine, and Michael. She continued to volunteer with her church, preschools, and the PTO, where she started a school newspaper, spear headed the annual fall fundraiser, and the first Orange Elementary Book Festival. At her home, Ann launched the Locust Dale Farm Riding program for children and ran a summer camp. She also volunteered with both the Madison 4-H and the Orange 4-H.

    In 1997, Ann and Michael lost their six-year-old son in an automobile accident. Her husband suffered a brain injury in the accident. During this time, Ann stayed close to home with her family, supporting her husband’s recovery and raising her daughters. As her family began to heal, she resumed some of her volunteer work within the community, while also helping care for aging parents. Michael’s Gift, a charity established in her son’s name , provides financial support to children in Orange County for recreational activities and esteem building programs. The fund is managed by the Orange County Office on Youth.

    A determined citizen activist, Ann believes that progress takes hard work and commitment. She offers a resourceful outlook and a firm resolve to the challenges that face the 30th District. Ann’s grassroots campaign is much like her legacy of local volunteering and hands-on advocacy—a spirited, neighbor-to-neighbor outreach effort to build support for a candidate who will represent the values and aspirations of hard-working, rural Virginians. She would be honored to represent the 30th District in the Virginia General Assembly.
     
    Ann Ridgeway is a native Virginian who has worked with youth and families for much of her life. She brings a love of faith, family, community, and Virginia values to her aspiration for public office. Ann is running as a Democrat for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 30th District.

    Born in Fredericksburg, Ann is the daughter of Thomas G. Faulkner Jr., an Episcopal minister, and Mary B. Faulkner. Her parents were dedicated community activists and advocates for the underprivileged. They worked in a team ministry, fostered several teenagers, and starting numerous area programs to benefit youth, the elderly, and families in need. Mary Faulkner also started the Fredericksburg Interfaith Council. Both of Ann’s parent were active in the civil rights movement, inspiring Ann from an early age to work for social and economic justice for all.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    Contact

    Email:

    Web

    Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Issues

    Education

    As the mother of three children who attended Orange County Public Schools and as a former teacher in the same system, I am well aware of the need to increase funding and resources for rural schools to provide our students with a high-quality education. The school systems, staff, teachers, and school board members in the 30th District are dedicated to giving their students the best education they can deliver, and we owe them our support.

    Teachers in our region need incentives to stay in a rural school system. As a teacher’s family grows, they often realize that they need to move to another county that will increase their pay and benefits. Those who love the rural area will sometimes stay in the county and commute to a higher paying county. Virginia has one of the highest pay gaps for teacher salaries in the country, well below the average salary for college graduates.

    Many of our school buildings require significant upgrades and modernization to improve the learning environment for students and teachers, while ensuring their wellness and safety. Infrastructure upgrades must include advanced technology to prepare our students to meet future employment requirements. Teaching a lifelong love of learning and helping our students develop critical thinking skills are required for success in today’s job market; while most educators agree that simply “teaching to the test” will not prepare them for the future. All Virginia students should have the opportunity to the same excellent education regardless of where they live.​

    Students starting school in the 30th District need full-day preschool to prepare them to take full advantage of a formal education. All of our students need the opportunity to excel not only in academics but also in vocational and technology training that will meet the needs of the future and ensure job opportunities. I believe that the state should support county efforts to enable all students in the Commonwealth to have an equal educational opportunity. 

    Environment

    We are all members of a global family, part of a living planet in a universe that is constantly changing. As a part of this earthly family, we all need to be aware of what we can do each day to keep our planet and its environment healthy.​

    Clean water and air are important to all living creatures. What happens to the water happens to all of us. We need to protect our streams and waterways. Our farmers need water to grow crops and the food we eat. I have never met a farmer who did not respect the land and soil. They live their lives out of doors and develop a love of nature and the rhythm of the changing seasons. Farmers have to work with nature in order to grow their crops and raise livestock—nature is the one constant that cannot be controlled.​

    Plastic is everywhere, we all need to work on reducing the use of “one use” plastics, straws, cups, tableware, and take-out containers. What we see floating in the oceans is a small part of the big picture, tiny micro-plastics are being found in the deepest parts of our oceans. Changing behavior is the only way to reduce plastic use—what we do does matter.

    Global warming is real and our government must address this and establish the changes that will protect the lives of our children and grandchildren. Action needs to be taken now to reduce our carbon emissions. We need to develop renewable energy sources and work toward becoming less dependent on oil. We need to fund alternative energy programs and support companies that are developing solar and wind energy. We must work together to leave our children a safe and secure environment and a promising future.

    Health Care

    Mental and Behavioral Healthcare

    For too long, people have struggled with the stigma that mental health issues may bring to their family and loved ones. Mental and behavioral health is a subject that we are all aware of through our relationships in our own families and with others we care about.

    The shootings at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook Elementary School, and more recently in Parkland, Florida, have made students, school personnel, and parents fully realize we are all at risk. Close to home in the 30th District, the opioid crisis is something that has enabled us all to understand that no one is immune. One would think that given the findings of these threats and their connection with mental health issues, funding for counseling and therapy would be at the forefront of a budget debate.

    When I began working in Orange County in 1977, the Orange Mental Health Clinic was staffed with a full complement of counselors and psychiatrists who worked to help the people of Orange. I was able to refer a family in need and get an intake within a week. Madison County and Culpeper also had fully staffed clinics. There were group homes and other facilities that I could use to refer my probationers to address their needs. Yet now that we find that the needs are far greater than in the past, our mental health system has NOT kept up with services. It is no wonder that people who have emotional and mental health issues are not being referred for services, when the system is so lacking. When discussing this with doctors or social workers, they can only express their frustration—the problem is so large and services simply not available.

    I will work to get the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services the funds that are needed to help our citizens with the mental health and drug addiction services that should be in place. Having a lack of services creates major problems for families, neighborhoods, communities, and the state. Law enforcement needs to have the backing of a strong mental health system to help them address the difficult issues of drug addiction and mental health problems that are endangering our communities.

    I believe healthcare is a human right. I support the Virginia Medicaid expansion that has provided nearly 400,000 Virginians with much-needed access to healthcare, while also relieving our hospitals from having to cover uncompensated and expensive emergency room care. I also support the highly effective Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the vital services this program supports for Virginia’s children. I will work to protect Medicaid expansion and fully fund the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS).

    I support women’s access to safe reproductive healthcare, and respect the rights of women to make healthcare decisions with their families and without intrusive government intervention. I also strongly support the availability of affordable birth control for men and woman to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.

    Many Virginians are having a difficult time paying the high premiums of their healthcare insurance as well as high deductibles they have to pay out of pocket. The cost of some prescription drugs are much higher in the United States than other countries. I will give a voice to the Virginians in the 30th District who are struggling with these barriers to safe and affordable healthcare.

    Infrastructure

    Rural High-speed Broad Band

    The 30th District needs access to high-speed rural broadband. Our students need broadband for educational purposes, with many textbooks and resources available online. Colleges offer online courses that are difficult for many students in our district to access. Many employers rely on online job applications. Farmers need to use the internet to keep up with the demands of the agricultural business. Many companies allow people to work from home, which can open up more jobs and increase the tax base for our community if broadband were available. Companies that can offer jobs for our citizens are not interested in coming to an area that does not offer access to high-speed broadband because this is a requirement for all aspects of business and marketing.​

    It is not acceptable for 30th District residents to be left behind in the age of information. I will focus on funding and strategies to bring high-speed broadband to our communities and give everyone affordable access to the internet.

    Safety

    Gun Violence

    I am a common-sense person. I am also a gun owner. As I’ve been meeting with residents of the 30th District over the past several months, I have talked with gun owners who are concerned about their guns being confiscated. Simply put, that is not going to happen—no matter which party is in power at the state or federal level. The 2nd Amendment guarantees the right to own a gun and the Supreme Court has upheld that Constitutional right.

    I will always side with law enforcement on safe gun legislation. These men and women risk their lives daily for our protection. We must support them by passing safe gun legislation in our Commonwealth. Many measures to prevent gun suicide and other forms of violence with firearms are overwhelmingly supported by law enforcement agencies nationwide. 

    In Virginia, an extreme risk protection order or “red flag” law, would help prevent suicides and violent attacks such as the Parkland murders. Limits on high-capacity magazines, suppressors, and assault weapons are also measures that we should carefully consider, as are universal background checks. The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates must put their partisanship aside and work together on common sense gun legislation reform. Many states have already begun to see positive results from legislation enacted to date. Maryland, Connecticut, and Indiana, for example, have seen reductions in gun suicides and violence as a result of red flag laws that are strongly supported by law enforcement agencies. Maryland law enforcement officers, for example, have documented the prevention of several potential tragedies through the temporary, court-approved removal of guns from unstable individuals.

    We must act to address the gun violence crisis in our state and nation and support our police and those who serve to protect us.

    Veterans

    In fulfilling their oaths to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, veterans and their families have made sacrifices unimaginable to most Americans, I am committed to working with all agencies at the federal and state level to ensure that Virginia’s veterans receive the care and support they deserve from a thankful nation. ​

    The top issues faced by veterans are access to quality health care through, including mental health treatment and family support to reduce suicides and PTSD. Improvements to the Veterans Administration are vital. I will strive to see that current veterans’ transition to civilian life is seamless through credentialing, education and job training. It is the least we can do.

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    Todd Gilbert 1Todd Gilbert

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2006
    Affiliation: Republican
    Former Position(s): Prosecutor from 1997 – 2006

    Delegate Gilbert is a member of the Courts of Justice Committee, the Rules Committee, and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the House General Laws Committee. He also serves on the Virginia State Crime Commission, which helps to study and direct polices on public safety throughout Virginia and he is the Chairman of the House Criminal Law Subcommittee.

    Prior to his election to the House of Delegates, Delegate Gilbert began his career as a full-time prosecutor. His first job was with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg, where he was a member of the Violent Crime Prosecution Team.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2006
    Affiliation: Republican
    Former Position(s): Prosecutor from 1997 – 2006

    Delegate Gilbert is a member of the Courts of Justice Committee, the Rules Committee, and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the House General Laws Committee. He also serves on the Virginia State Crime Commission, which helps to study and direct polices on public safety throughout Virginia and he is the Chairman of the House Criminal Law Subcommittee.

    Prior to his election to the House of Delegates, Delegate Gilbert began his career as a full-time prosecutor. His first job was with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg, where he was a member of the Violent Crime Prosecution Team.

    About

    Todd Gilbert

    Source: Campaign page

    Delegate Todd Gilbert represents the 15th district in the Virginia House of Delegates; it includes all of Page and Shenandoah Counties and portions of Warren and Rockingham Counties. He was first elected to the House in 2005. In 2018, Delegate Gilbert was elected Majority Leader of the House of Delegates. Delegate Gilbert is a member of the Courts of Justice Committee, the Rules Committee, and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the House General Laws Committee. He also serves on the Virginia State Crime Commission, which helps to study and direct polices on public safety throughout Virginia and he is the Chairman of the House Criminal Law Subcommittee.

    Delegate Gilbert has received numerous awards and distinctions during his tenure in the House of Delegates including the Virginia YMCA’s “Service to Youth Award” for his annual work with their Model General Assembly in Richmond. In 2013, he was named the Family Foundation’s “Legislator of the Year” for his work in promoting family values and religious freedom in Virginia. The Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys also awarded Gilbert their inaugural “Champion of Justice Award” for his extensive work in public safety policy. Both the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia State Police Association have honored Gilbert with their “Legislator of the Year” Award. The American Conservative Union also named him a “Defender of Liberty” for his 100% conservative voting record during the legislative session. Finally, in 2017, Gilbert was named a “Legislator of the Year” by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for his years of work as a pro-business leader.

    Prior to his election to the House of Delegates, Delegate Gilbert began his career as a full-time prosecutor. His first job was with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg, where he was a member of the Violent Crime Prosecution Team. In 1999, he was fortunate to be able to return home and work in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Shenandoah County for six years where he was lead prosecutor in a number of major cases. After his election to the House, Gilbert worked for several years as a prosecutor in both the Warren County and Frederick County Commonwealth’s Attorneys Offices. He has taught the art of trial advocacy to fellow prosecutors at the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ annual trial advocacy school. Taking advantage of his experience in Virginia’s criminal justice system, Gilbert’s primary legislative focus is public safety.

    Gilbert is a 1989 graduate of Central High School of Woodstock, where he served as student body president and played three varsity sports. He attended the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Government in 1993. While at UVA, he was a legislative intern in the Capitol Hill office of then U.S. Representative George Allen. Upon graduation, he attended the Southern Methodist University School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 1996 and also led the student body as president of the Student Bar Association. While at SMU Law, Gilbert won the school’s annual mock trial competition and participated on the school’s competitive mock trial team.

    When not in Richmond for the legislative session, Delegate Gilbert now works in a private law practice. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Woodstock.

    Todd is married to the lovely and talented Jennifer Wishon Gilbert, and in 2017 they were blessed with a son.  Jennifer is a broadcast journalist who is currently the White House Correspondent for CBN News. Jennifer covers the President and national politics in Washington, D.C. The Gilberts live on a small farm outside of Mount Jackson, Virginia.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Attorney

    Education

    • JD
      Southern Methodist University School of Law
      1996
    • BA
      University of Virginia
      1993

    Awards

    Family Foundation, Legislator of the Year
    Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys, Champion of Justice Award
    Virginia State Police, Legislator of the Year
    Circuit Court Clerks Association, Legislator of the Year
    Virginia Retail Merchants Association, Legislator of the Year
    Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, Legislator of the Year

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1970
    • Place of Birth: Newton, TX
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Southern Baptist
    • Spouse: Jennifer Wishon
    • Children: Christopher Grant

    Membership & Affiliation

    First Baptist Church of Woodstock
    Shenandoah County Bar Association
    Virginia State Bar
    Virginia YMCA (board of directors)
    Virginia YMCA Model General Assembly Committee

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Jeffrey Walters
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Lorraine Taylor

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1015

    District Office
    P.O. Box 309
    Woodstock, VA 22664
    Phone: (540) 459-7550

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook

    Politics

    Source: Wikipedia

    Virginia House of Delegates

    Elections

    He was first elected to represent the 15th district in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2005.

    Tenure

    In 2010, Gilbert was appointed to be Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Delegates.

    Gilbert will become the Virginia House of Delegates Majority Leader on January 10, 2018, so long as Republicans maintain their majority following the next elections. He was chosen by the House Republican Caucus following their decision to promote current House Majority Leader Kirk Cox to Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.

    Committee assignments

    • House General Laws Committee (Chairman)
    • Militia Police and Public Safety Committee
    • Courts of Justice Committee

    Other assignments

    • Virginia State Crime Commission
    • Board of Directors of the Virginia YMCA.

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Todd Gilbert (R)18,91474.36%
    Beverly Harrison (D)6,49325.53%
    Write In (Write-in)300.12%
    TOTAL25,437

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Todd Gilbert (R)19,28494.3%
    Write In (Write-in)1,1715.7%
    TOTAL20,455

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    GILBERT, CHRISTOPHER TODD (TODD) has run in 8 races for public office, winning 7 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,656,150.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Delegation

    Majority Leader (2018-)

    Committees

    Vice Chair: General Laws
    Rules
    Courts of Justice

    Subcommittees

    Chair: Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #1
    Chair: Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #4
    Courts of Justice – Ethics Subcommittee
    General Laws – Subcommittee #3
    Rules – Joint Rules

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Civil Rights

    Protecting the 2nd Amendment

    Delegate Gilbert is a recognized leader in protecting our individual right to keep and bear arms and has an “A+” career rating from the National Rifle Association.  The National Rifle Association awarded Delegate Gilbert the “Defender of Freedom Award” at the 146th National Rifle Association annual meeting in Atlanta in April 2017.  The Defender of Freedom Award is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves in preserving and protecting our Second Amendment rights.  He has sponsored a number of initiatives aimed at expanding the right to carry a concealed firearm for personal protection.  He sponsored a bill, now the law, to ensure that law-abiding citizens who posses a concealed handgun permit no longer have to be disarmed in Virginia’s restaurants when they go out to dinner with their family.  In 2012, he was the chief co-sponsor of the bill that repealed Virginia’s “one gun a month” handgun rationing law.  Delegate Gilbert does not believe that law-abiding citizens should have to get the permission of their government to carry a concealed firearm.  He believes that the only outcome achieved by more gun laws and restrictions, including so-called “gun-free zones”, is to disarm good, law-abiding people while ensuring they are at the mercy of armed predators who will never follow the law.

    Economy

    In his twelve years in the House of Delegates, Todd has worked to make Virginia one of the top states in America to do business.  By keeping his promise never to raise taxes and working against burdensome regulations, Delegate Gilbert has helped Virginia withstand the economic downturn better than most states.  He strongly believes in Virginia’s right-to-work laws and voted to make them part of our state constitution because he knows they contribute to job creation in Virginia.  Todd believes that those seeking a good paying job should not be forced to join a labor union and has been awarded the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s “Champion of Free Enterprise Award” for having a 100% pro-business voting record and holds an “A” rating from the Chamber for his votes to protect economic liberty.  In 2013, he has also helped to strengthen Virginia’s job market by passing legislation to help reduce frivolous lawsuits, and was awarded the “Advocate in Legal Reform Award” by the Chamber of Commerce for his efforts.

    Environment

    Energy Independence

    Delegate Gilbert believes that America’s dependence on foreign sources of energy are an imminent threat to our economy and national security.  America continues to compete with foreign rivals for access to oil sold to us by countries who don’t have America’s interests at heart.  Meanwhile, America has untold reserves of oil, natural gas, and coal that remain untapped, even right here in Virginia.  Todd believes that cheaper energy means economic security and that we should continue to develop these resources along with new clean-coal burning and nuclear plants.  He has co-sponsored legislation to allow oil and natural gas drilling off Virginia’s coast and voted against a number of so-called “green” initiatives which are only helping to make the cost of energy skyrocket for most citizens.

    Health Care

    Fighting for Healthcare Freedom

    Delegate Gilbert fought against the implementation of Obamacare in Virginia.  As a limited government conservative, he believes that the passage and implementation of Obamacare has crippled America’s health care system and paved the way for socialized medicine in the United States.  Health care rationing will ultimately ensure that all Americans, whose health decisions should be between them and their doctor, are at the mercy of their government with respect to their medical treatment.  Todd has co-sponsored legislation to exempt Virginians from the provisions of Obamacare and in a recent session was one of only a handful of representatives to vote against laying the groundwork for the expensive expansion of Medicaid under the mandates of Obamacare.

    Safety

    As a former career prosecutor of nearly fifteen years, Delegate Gilbert has a unique understanding of the nature of crime and criminals.  He has served on the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission and the Commission on VASAP which oversees DUI offenders in the Commonwealth.  He currently serves on the Virginia Crime Commission which helps to shape public safety policy in Virginia.  Todd has sponsored and supported countless new laws aimed at protecting our children from sexual predators, including mandatory life sentences for those convicted of raping a child.  For his efforts, Delegate Gilbert has been named “Legislator of the Year” by the Virginia State Police Association and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.  He also won accolades from Virginia’s prosecutors, having earned the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ inaugural “Champion of Justice Award” for his work on behalf of public safety.

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    Robert Orrock 1Robert Orrock

    Current Position: State Delegate since 1990
    Affiliation: Republican

    Delegate Robert D. “Bobby” Orrock has represented the 54th Virginia House of Delegates district since he was first elected in 1989.

    Bobby has been a teacher at Spotsylvania High School for over three decades and is keenly aware of the importance of creating a Virginia where coming generations will have better opportunities to compete in a world economy, while being better able to live, learn, work and raise their families.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate since 1990
    Affiliation: Republican

    Delegate Robert D. “Bobby” Orrock has represented the 54th Virginia House of Delegates district since he was first elected in 1989.

    Bobby has been a teacher at Spotsylvania High School for over three decades and is keenly aware of the importance of creating a Virginia where coming generations will have better opportunities to compete in a world economy, while being better able to live, learn, work and raise their families.

    About

    Robert Orrock

    Source: Campaign page

    Delegate Robert D. “Bobby” Orrock has represented the 54th Virginia House of Delegates district since he was first elected in 1989.

    Career

    Bobby has been a teacher at Spotsylvania High School for over three decades and is keenly aware of the importance of creating a Virginia where coming generations will have better opportunities to compete in a world economy, while being better able to live, learn, work and raise their families.

    Education

    Bobby attended Ladysmith High School, where he graduated in 1974. He then attended Germanna Community College from 1975-76 before going to attend Virginia Tech, graduating in 1978 with a B.S. in Agriculture Education. For graduate school, he attended Virginia State University receiving a Masters of Education in Agriculture Education in 1988.

    Local Involvement

    Bobby remains heavily active in local civic organizations. He is an EMT and trustee with the Ladysmith Volunteer Rescue Squad, a trustee of Spotsylvania Volunteer Rescue Squad, and is a hunter safety instructor with the Virginia Game Commission. Bobby serves as a deacon and trustee at Bethany Baptist Church where he has been a lifetime member, and is on the Advisory Board of the Fredericksburg Area Habitat for Humanity. He also works part-time as a radio announcer at WFLS radio in Fredericksburg.

    Family

    Bobby is married to Debra Orrock and has three adult children: Robert, Jr, Lila Hiltz & Welford, and is the proud grandpa to Abby, Walter & Zane. He lives in Woodford, Virginia at historic Medway Farm in Caroline County.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Teacher (semi-retired)

    Education

    • M.Ed., Agriculture Education,
      Virginia State University
      1988
    • B.S., Agriculture Education
      Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
      1978

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1955
    • Place of Birth: Fredericksburg, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Baptist
    • Spouse: Debra Shelton
    • Children: Robert D., Jr., Lila Joanna, and Welford Thomas

    Membership & Affiliation

    Bethany Baptist Church (deacon, trustee)
    Ladysmith Volunteer Rescue Squad
    Virginia Game Commission (hunter safety instructor)
    Fredericksburg Area Chamber of Commerce
    Spotsylvania Volunteer Rescue Squad (trustee)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Dawn Phillips and Renee Hudson
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Jackie Price

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (540) 891-1322

    District Office
    P.O. Box 458
    Thornburg, VA 22565

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Robert D. “Bobby” Orrock, Sr. (R)13,61457.95%
    Neri N. Canahui-Ortiz (D)9,85241.94%
    Write-In (Write-in)270.11%
    TOTAL23,493

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Robert Orrock (R)13,78257.9%
    Alfred Durante (D)9,98241.9%
    Write In (Write-in)500.2%
    TOTAL23,814

    2015 State DelegateArray

    Robert Orrock (R)0
    Write In (Write-in)0
    TOTAL0

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    ORROCK, ROBERT D (BOBBY) has run in 11 races for public office, winning 10 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,343,185.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Chair: Health, Welfare and Institutions
    Finance
    Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
    Rules

    Subcommittees

    Chair: Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #4
    Chair: Rules – Standards of Conduct Subcommittee
    Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #1
    Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #3
    Finance – Subcommittee #1
    Finance – Subcommittee #3
    Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #3
    Rules – Subcommittee #1

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    Delegate Bobby Orrock has been working to tackle the important challenges facing Virginians – jobs, the economy, transportation, federal mandates, and education improvements.   Bobby is committed to working with the Republican Caucus to advance pro-business and job creating legislation, to make our transportation system more effective, medical care more affordable, improve K-12 education and to make higher education more accessible.  His focus is on legislation that is in the best interest of his district and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Bobby is the Chairman of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, while also serving on the Committees of Finance; Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources; and Rules. He chairs the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission (JLARC), which is the state government watchdog committee. He also serves on the Disability Commission.

    2019 is a milestone year!  Our House of Delegates, originally the House of Burgesses, was established in 1619 in Jamestown, and has been meeting ever since. At 400 years of age, the Virginia General Assembly has the proud distinction of being the oldest continuously elected lawmaking body in the Americas.  I am grateful to be serving as your delegate once again!

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    Neri Canahui-Ortiz 1Neri Canahui-Ortiz

    Current Position: Carpenters Local 197, Until 2018, Neri served as President of his Carpenters Local and on the Executive Board of the Northern Virginia Labor Federation.
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

    Overview: N/A

    Summary

    Current Position: Carpenters Local 197, Until 2018, Neri served as President of his Carpenters Local and on the Executive Board of the Northern Virginia Labor Federation.
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Neri Canahui-Ortiz

    Source: Campaign page

    Neri Canahui-Ortiz was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala in 1976 during the countries 36 year long civil war. From an early age, Neri worked to break himself out of the cycle of poverty while growing up in one of the most dangerous sectors of the city. In 1994, at the age of seventeen, Neri realized that to escape poverty, danger, and make an honest living he would have to leave his home.

    Later that year, Neri arrived in the Commonwealth of Virginia. During his first few years in the United States Neri learned English while working as a general laborer in the residential construction market. However, like many hundreds of thousands of workers to this day, Neri was a victim of misclassification and wage theft at the hands of his employer. Eventually, Neri found the Carpenters Union and began building a career as a union carpenter with good wages and benefits that helped him to start a family.

    Realizing the important role that the union had played in lifting him out of poverty and exploitation, Neri became heavily involved with his Carpenters Union Local 1665. As recording secretary, Neri solidified his mastery of the English language and proved himself as a valuable leader within the union. In 2006, Neri was elected president of his local and began work to grow his locals membership and organize workers into the union. Recognizing his talent, the parent council of his carpenters local brought Neri on as a council representative.

    Since 2007 Neri has fought to protect construction workers in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland from the same exploitation he suffered early in his career. Until 2018, Neri served as President of his Carpenters Local and on the Executive Board of the Northern Virginia Labor Federation.

    Contact

    Email:

    Offices

    Campaign Office
    PO Box 55.
    Spotsylvania VA 22553

    Web

    Twitter, Facebook

    Politics

    Finances

    Neri Canahui-Ortiz is running for the 54th District seat in the House of Delegates. As of November 5, 2019 has raised $100,640.

    Source: VPAP

    Issues

    Economy

    Jobs & the Economy

    The Virginia economy is booming, but working families are being left behind. It’s time that we raise the minimum wage and expand collective bargaining rights to ensure employees have a less reliance on the government and more ability to negotiate their wages and benefits. I also support reforming the state procurement process to allow for local hiring requirements and best value contracting to ensure our tax dollars come back into our communities and put our neighbors to work.

    Education

    Public education/ Vocational and trade apprenticeship programs

    Public education is the core of our community. We must fully fund our schools and give our children more pathways to careers that will support a family, regardless of whether you attain a four year degree. I support expanding vocational and trade apprenticeship programs that allow our students to enter the workforce debt free after high school.

    Health Care

    Expand Healthcare In Virginia

    The expansion of Medicaid in Virginia was a huge step in providing medical insurance to the nearly 400,000 Virginians who could not otherwise qualify. Still, there are hundreds of thousands of our neighbors who go on uninsured. No family should be one unexpected medical bill away from bankruptcy. I believe we have a moral obligation to change this and find a way to cover all Virginians.

    Infrastructure

    Transportation

    The opening of the VRE station in Spotsylvania has solidified our area as a bedroom community of Washington, D.C. Our county will only continue to grow. I will support funding to update our transportation infrastructure to ensure that our community has the resources to avert traffic congestion and provide walkable neighborhoods.

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    John McGuire 1John McGuire

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
    Affiliation: Republican

    John McGuire’s believes one of the biggest keys to success in life, no matter what you do, is teamwork. As a member of the Virginia General Assembly, John’s focus is on good policy, not politics.

    Whether it’s fighting for better services for our veterans, law enforcement, and first responders, tackling the Heroin/Opioid epidemic, or making sure our tax dollars are being used efficiently, John knows that by listening to each other and working together, we can create a brighter future for our Commonwealth.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
    Affiliation: Republican

    John McGuire’s believes one of the biggest keys to success in life, no matter what you do, is teamwork. As a member of the Virginia General Assembly, John’s focus is on good policy, not politics.

    Whether it’s fighting for better services for our veterans, law enforcement, and first responders, tackling the Heroin/Opioid epidemic, or making sure our tax dollars are being used efficiently, John knows that by listening to each other and working together, we can create a brighter future for our Commonwealth.

    About

    John McGuire

    Source: Campaign page

    John McGuire was born and raised in Henrico County. As a child, John spent time in foster care, where he attended nine different elementary schools. His grandparents rescued him and his older sister from the foster care system and years later, John graduated from Henrico High School in 1988.

    After graduation, John’s call to service lead him to the U.S. Navy. After ten years of service as a Navy SEAL, he settled back down in Virginia. There in his hometown of Henrico, John founded a small business, SEAL Team PT Inc., a fitness company dedicated to helping teams and individuals become stronger, healthier, and more confident. 19 years later, that company helps  train Division 1 athletes and corporations all over the world. In addition to running a successful business, John has been brought in by groups as a motivational speaker. In his speeches, he shares what he is most passionate about, the principles of teamwork and leadership.

    John’s believes one of the biggest keys to success in life, no matter what you do, is teamwork. As a member of the Virginia General Assembly, John’s focus is on good policy, not politics. Whether it’s fighting for better services for our veterans, law enforcement, and first responders, tackling the Heroin/Opioid epidemic, or making sure our tax dollars are being used efficiently, John knows that by listening to each other and working together, we can create a brighter future for our Commonwealth.  As a husband and father of five, he knows the importance of building a true partnership between our families, our communities and our state government.

    John and his wife Tracy live in Henrico County.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Motivational speaker/team trainer
    • US Navy
      1988 to 1998

    Education


    • Okaloosa Walton Community College, FL

    • enrico High School
      1988

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1968
    • Place of Birth: Richmond, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Baptist
    • Spouse: Tracy K. Mang
    • Children: Ariel, John, Skyler, Julia, and Spencer

    Membership & Affiliation

    River Road Church, Baptist
    VFW (life member)
    A-Team 212 Networking Group
    UDT SEAL Association (life member)
    NRA (life member)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Zachary Williams
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Karen Imes

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1056

    District Office
    11357 Nuckols Road #156
    Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Phone: (804) 389-8601

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    John J. McGuire III (R)20,25060.97%
    Juanita Jo Matkins (D)12,92938.93%
    Write-In (Write-in)360.11%
    TOTAL33,215

    2017 State DelegateArray

    John McGuire (R)18,79259.5%
    Melissa Miscione Dart (D)12,76140.4%
    Write In (Write-in)440.1%
    TOTAL31,597

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    MCGUIRE III, JOHN J has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $176,749.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Science and Technology
    Counties Cities and Towns
    Education
    Privileges and Elections

    Subcommittees

    Counties Cities and Towns
    Education – Subcommittee #2
    Subcommittee #1Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #1
    Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #2

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Ballotpedia

    Issues

    Economy

    Pro-Business Reforms

    As a local small business owner for the last 18 years, John understands the obstacles holding businesses back in our area. John wants to help businesses grow, create jobs, and invest in our communities by cutting taxes and removing regulatory hurdles.

    Support Tax Policies That Are Favorable to Our Citizens and Businesses

    As a local small business owner for the last 18 years, John understands the obstacles holding businesses back in our area. John wants to help businesses grow, create jobs, and invest in our communities by cutting taxes and removing regulatory hurdles. Virginia’s economic growth rate has trailed the national average for five straight years. We must act and support economic development by reducing burdens on our hardworking taxpayers. As your Delegate, John will oppose any measure to increase personal and business taxes.

    Education

    Support Initiatives to Reform our Education System

    As a father of five, John understands our children are our most valuable resource. John understands now is the time to prepare our students for the jobs of the 21st Century. We must fix the one-size-fits-all education system that has failed, and embrace a diverse range of school choice options that allow the student and their parents to choose the education that best fits their needs.

    Health Care

    Support Overhauling Our Health Care System

    John wants to cut burdensome regulations that limit competition, inflate health care costs, and reduces access to health care providers – particularly in rural areas like Louisa and Goochland. John is committed to overhauling our current health care regulatory system so that patient’s wellbeing will be our top priority.

    Support Programs to Eradicate the Opioid Crisis

    John has spoken with voters throughout the district on the opioid crisis. He has met families who have experienced unimaginable loss. Opioid addiction has spread through the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, including the 56th District. As your next delegate, John will support legislation to combat the opioid crisis that is negatively impacting our communities.

    Infrastructure

    Support Broadband Expansion

    As your Delegate, John will advocate for broadband expansion throughout the 56th District. John understands we must promote infrastructure modernization to enhance our students learning experiences, help existing businesses grow, attract new business, and increase jobs in our district.

    Safety

    As a former Navy SEAL and father of five, John knows exactly what it takes to keep our homes and families safe. John will fight the online exploitation of children and fight the growing threat of gangs on our streets. John will work tirelessly to prevent substance abuse disorders and help those in recovery to get back on their feet.

    Support Our Law Enforcement and First Responders

    As your Delegate, John will advocate for all first responders. Police, firefighters, and EMTs work tirelessly, and often thanklessly, to ensure our safety. We need to equip our public stewards with the tools and resources they need to keep us safe. John will work with our local communities to provide the compensation and benefits our First Responders and Law Enforcement deserve.

    Veterans

    Support Our Veterans’ and Their Families

    As a former Navy SEAL, no one will fight harder for our veterans and their families than John. The Commonwealth of Virginia currently taxes retired veterans’ retirement benefits while neighboring states like North Carolina do not. We are losing valuable and skilled members of our communities to North Carolina because of their favorable tax structure. John believes in removing the tax burden on our veterans. John will work to ensure Veterans and their families receive their earned benefits and will work with our local business leaders to create job opportunities for our returning veterans.

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    Juanita Matkins 1Juanita Matkins

    Current Position: Emerita Professor of Science Education at College of William and Mary
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

    Overview: N/A

    Summary

    Current Position: Emerita Professor of Science Education at College of William and Mary
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Juanita Matkins

    Source: Campaign page

    A former Louisa County teacher and professor at The College of William & Mary, Juanita Jo Matkins believes all Virginians deserve a fair chance. Juanita Jo has lived in the heart of the 56th District for much of her life, educating its young people and serving her community through her church and various volunteer organizations.  She is committed to advocating for her neighbors in Richmond to ensure our state legislature serves the interests of every Virginian. 

    Growing up on a Greensboro, North Carolina tobacco farm, Juanita Jo learned the value of hard work and recognized the deep-seated inequality in her community.  As a youngster she was inspired by civil rights activists who protested segregation at the Woolworth lunch counter just a few miles from her home. 

    The first person in her family to attend college, Juanita Jo enrolled at Towson State College (now Towson University), earning a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts.  She constructed costumes for the school’s theater department to help pay tuition and became a campus leader in the budding women’s rights movement. 

    Juanita Jo moved to Louisa County in the late 1960s to work on her family’s small horse farm.  She trained and showed quarter horses as part of the farm’s breeding operation, reconnecting with her rural roots.  

    Always passionate about education, Juanita Jo began teaching elementary school in the early 1970s, first at Piedmont Christian School and later in Louisa County Public Schools. During her nearly 20-year career, she educated a generation of Louisa’s youth.  In 1995. Juanita Jo earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. 

    Juanita Jo completed a Doctorate in Education at the University of Virginia in 1996 with a dissertation focusing on characteristics of women scientists.  She served on the education faculty at UVa and George Mason University before earning a professorship at The College of William & Mary.  

    During her decade-long tenure in Williamsburg, Juanita Jo trained science teachers and administered millions of dollars in grant-funded projects.  She retired from William & Mary as a full professor in 2015. Juanita Jo continues to serve as chair of the Virginia Association of Science Teachers’ advocacy committee, which lobbies for improvements in K-12 science education.   

    Even as she taught at three of Virginia’s distinguished public universities, Juanita Jo remained rooted in her beloved Louisa County. She is a member of the Louisa NAACP, sings in the county’s Spirit of Truth Gospel Choir, and is a trustee and organist at Yanceyville Christian Church. Juanita Jo’s commitment to fairness and a vibrant democracy inspired her to co-found Spread The Vote Piedmont, a local chapter of a national nonprofit that helps people overcome the obstacles to obtaining government-issued IDs for voting and to access other opportunities and services.

    Juanita Jo and her husband, Don Short, former Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney, live in Yanceyville in southern Louisa County.  They have one son, Andrew, a 2002 graduate of Louisa County High School. 

    Experience

    Work Experience

    Education

    Web

    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

    Issues

    Governance

    Corporate influence

    Virginia needs responsive government that serves all its citizens, not just a select few. Large corporations too often get their way at the expense of people in small communities like Louisa and Goochland. In Richmond, Juanita Jo will fight for her neighbors and carry our concerns to the House floor. That’s why she’s refusing campaign donations from large corporations and regulated monopoly utilities like Dominion Energy. Juanita Jo understands that politics isn’t so much about left versus right but big versus small. She’ll stand up to corporate lobbyists and demand that your voice is heard.

    Civil Rights

    Voting rights

    Virginia is the cradle of American democracy. Yet, our commonwealth continues to place burdensome restrictions on access to the ballot box. Juanita Jo believes Virginia will be stronger when all citizens vote. She’ll fight for automatic voter registration, no-excuse early and absentee voting, and a repeal of the discriminatory voter ID law. As a volunteer who registers voters and assists with restoration of voting rights, Juanita Jo believes the right to vote should be constitutionally guaranteed to every citizen 18 and over. She will fight to end felony disenfranchisement, a relic of the Jim Crow era.

    Criminal justice reform

    Our criminal justice system locks up too many people and for far too long. Juanita Jo believes in sensible criminal justice reforms, including legalizing marijuana, raising the felony larceny threshold, and providing treatment rather than incarceration for people with mental health and substance abuse issues.

    Equality

    Juanita Jo believes that all Virginians deserve a fair chance. She supports ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment and barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. She is determined to continue the fight for racial justice to ensure that everyone shares in the American dream.

    Education

    Public education funding

    Our children deserve strong public schools that prepare them for a dynamic economy. Juanita Jo will fight to fully fund public education from preschool through college. She will work to expand career and technical training and to raise teacher pay. As a former teacher and science education professor, Juanita Jo is committed to strengthening STEM curricula and creating additional paths to success to ensure that our students have the tools they need for the 21st century.

    Environment

    Climate change

    Dependence on fossil fuels is a horse-and-buggy solution to 21st century needs. As a former science teacher, Juanita Jo understands that expanding green energy, including wind and solar power, is critical to fighting climate change. In Richmond, she’ll advocate for grants and tax credits so homeowners can take advantage of clean energy advances. She’ll push to expand job training in wind and solar installation for our students and enhance climate science curricula.

    Health Care

    Affordable health services

    Every citizen should be able to go to the doctor and access quality, affordable health services. Juanita Jo believes that such services should include care for reproductive health, mental health, and substance abuse. Juanita Jo supports Medicaid expansion and will fight to strengthen and protect it. She’s committed to standing up to big pharmaceutical companies by refusing their campaign contributions and finding a way to put an end to the skyrocketing prices of insulin and other prescription drugs.

    Infrastructure

    Broadband

    As a Louisa County resident, Juanita Jo knows firsthand the difficulties rural people face connecting to the internet and accessing other technology. Investing in broadband infrastructure is essential to sustaining vibrant communities and giving all Virginians a fair shot at participating in the 21st century economy. Broadband infrastructure enables people to work from home and access learning opportunities, and it helps small businesses thrive. Juanita Jo will fight to expand broadband infrastructure for her neighbors and people across the 56th District.

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    Sally Hudson 1Sally Hudson

    Current Position: State Delegate
    Affiliation: Democrat

    Sally Hudson understands that so many challenges we face are economic at their core, from the rising cost of housing and health care to the red tape holding back clean power production. She’s running for Delegate to deliver innovative reforms that secure genuine opportunity for all.

    Sally also knows that real progress on policy requires fixing our democracy itself. That’s why she’s been a dedicated election reform advocate. Sally founded FairVote VA, a cross-partisan coalition working to advance ranked choice voting in Virginia. She is also an active volunteer with OneVirginia2021, the statewide anti-gerrymandering campaign, and a grassroots leader in Indivisible and Women of the Fifth.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate
    Affiliation: Democrat

    Sally Hudson understands that so many challenges we face are economic at their core, from the rising cost of housing and health care to the red tape holding back clean power production. She’s running for Delegate to deliver innovative reforms that secure genuine opportunity for all.

    Sally also knows that real progress on policy requires fixing our democracy itself. That’s why she’s been a dedicated election reform advocate. Sally founded FairVote VA, a cross-partisan coalition working to advance ranked choice voting in Virginia. She is also an active volunteer with OneVirginia2021, the statewide anti-gerrymandering campaign, and a grassroots leader in Indivisible and Women of the Fifth.

    About

    Sally Hudson

    Source: Campaign page

    Sally Hudson is a teacher, economist, and community organizer in Charlottesville, Virginia. As an Assistant Professor at UVA, Sally teaches statistics and studies some of the most pressing economic challenges we face, from workforce development to student debt. She advises public and non-profit agencies across Virginia and the country and consults for leading philanthropic groups like the Bloomberg and Buffett Foundations.

    Sally understands that so many challenges we face are economic at their core, from the rising cost of housing and health care to the red tape holding back clean power production. She’s running for Delegate to deliver innovative reforms that secure genuine opportunity for all.

    Sally also knows that real progress on policy requires fixing our democracy itself. That’s why she’s been a dedicated election reform advocate. Sally founded FairVote VA, a cross-partisan coalition working to advance ranked choice voting in Virginia. She is also an active volunteer with OneVirginia2021, the statewide anti-gerrymandering campaign, and a grassroots leader in Indivisible and Women of the Fifth.

    Prior to joining the UVA faculty, Sally studied economics and math at Stanford University and earned her PhD in economics at MIT.

    Experience

    Education

    Contact

    Email:

    Offices

    Campaign Office
    PO Box 2375
    Charlottesville, VA 22902
    Phone: (434)214-0280

    Web

    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Sally L. Hudson (D)21,36596.11%
    Write-In (Write-in)8653.89%
    TOTAL22,230

    Finances

    HUDSON, SALLY L has run in 1 race for public office, winning 0 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $198,293.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Issues

    Civil Rights

    Dismantle mass incarceration

    Nowhere do we fall further short of “liberty and justice for all” than our criminal justice code. We need reformers in Richmond to dismantle mass incarceration.

    • permanently end drivers license suspensions for unpaid court debt
    • reform our cash bail system to decriminalize poverty
    • legalize marijuana and end the War on Drugs

    Virginia spends $100,000 a year to incarcerate a juvenile. Just imagine what we could achieve if we re-route those public resources toward support services that help our communities thrive.

    Democracy

    Voting rights act

    When corporations write the rules and politicians pick the voters, all other progress gets sidelined. Virginia needs a modern Voting Rights Act that empowers every voter:

    • make voting convenient with same-day and automatic registration, early voting, and vote by mail
    • ban corporate campaign contributions and promote public financing so that every voter has a voice
    • empower an independent redistricting commission to end gerrymandering so that every vote counts
    • permit ranked choice voting to promote competitive elections and end partisan gridlock

    Economy

    Housing

    Our housing shortage is straining so many families: first-time homebuyers and long-time residents, local renters, and commuting workers. With more funding and flexibility from Richmond, our local leaders can expand housing options for all those who call this community home.

    • permit localities to use inclusionary zoning as a tool for promoting affordable construction
    • re-invest in the state housing trust fund to develop and rehabilitate affordable units
    • prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of means of payment, sexual orientation, and gender identity
    • promote progressive state income tax reform so localities aren’t forced to rely on more regressive revenue sources

    Education

    Resources & funding for schools

    As an educator, I know strong schools are the backbone of a strong community. I’ll be a champion for all our students and the resources they need to thrive:

    • expanding universal pre-kindergarten so that every child gets a strong start
    • raising salaries for teachers and the vital staff in all our schools
    • investing in the arts and after-school programs that keep kids engaged
    • expanding apprenticeships and technical training for modern careers
    • restoring state support for public colleges to reverse rising tuition prices

    As an economist, I know all these programs cost money. Good schools are worth it. I’ll work to raise the revenue it takes to fund them.

    • support progressive income taxation in Virginia, where our top tax bracket currently treats millionaires and minimum wage earners alike
    • adopt “combined reporting” so that corporations that do business in Virginia pay their fair share

    Environment

    Energy

    We need leaders who invest in clean energy at the pace that climate change requires.

    • join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to ratchet down emissions
    • empower clean, local power producers to compete with large utilities by lifting caps on net metering and meter aggregation
    • support utility scale-solar installations and offshore wind turbines
    • end fracked gas pipeline construction throughout Virginia

    Health Care

    Medicaid & Affordable Care Act

    Medicaid expansion was a strong first step, but too many families still lack access to quality care. Here in Central Virginia, we’ve seen the highest health insurance prices in the country. States can work now to shore up the Affordable Care Act.

    • support a statewide public option so that all patients can purchase affordable insurance no matter where they work
    • empower nurse practioners and physician assistants to provide primary care, especially in underserved regions

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