VA House – Southwestern VA Districts

The Southeastern Virginia house districts include Districts: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, and 24.

The VT onAir Chapter curates posts in the Southwestern VA region.

 

Terry Kilgore

Current Position: State Delegate since 1994
Affiliation: Republican

Terry Kilgore served as Chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Rules Committee.

Terry serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including Chairman of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Coal and Energy Commission, and the Southwest Virginia Health Authority. He also serves on the Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium.

Will Morefield

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Even though Will Morefield is one of the youngest delegates at 33, he is a senior member in the House who proudly represents the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Russell, and Tazewell. This gives him a strong and unique voice in Richmond for our area.

As delegate, Will was the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he advocates for coal and natural gas jobs and has initiated Project Jonah, which will be the largest aquaculture project in the world – creating hundreds of jobs right here in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Counties, Cities and Town Committee, Will successfully fights for teacher pay raises and for expanding infrastructure and drinking water projects.

Starla Kiser

Current Position: Founder, Healios Health
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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Israel O’Quinn

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel O’Quinn works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel served as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee.

Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

Jeffrey Campbell

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents.  Our government must make this the No. 1 priority for the citizens of the 6th District.  We can do better.

Jim Barker

Current Position: Member, Marion Town Council
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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Nick Rush

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Montgomery County Board of Supervisors from 1992 – 2004

Nick was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November of 2011 and has been re-elected in 2013, 2015, and most recently in 2017 to continue serving the citizens of the 7th House District. At the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, Nick was elected Majority Whip by his fellow Caucus members.

As a strong voice for the New River Valley, Nick has worked hard to make the NRV the “best place to live, work, raise a family and retire.”

Joseph McNamara

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Roanoke County Board of Supervisors from 1998 – 2018

“As the next Delegate from the Roanoke and New River Valleys, Joe McNamara will continue Delegate Greg Habeeb’s work to advance pro-life, fiscally conservative, and pro-Second Amendment principles!”

Elected to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors in 1996, he has successfully reduced the Roanoke County budget and has never raised a tax.

Darlene Lewis

Current Position: Founder, The Hope Center
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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Charlie Poindexter

Current Position: State Delegate since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Franklin County Board of Supervisors from 1999 – 2007

Some of Charlie Poindexter’s successful legislation includes establishment of a Drug Court for Franklin County, Betterment Loans for citizens financially unable to repair their septic systems, assurance of adequate water for private wells, reduced vehicle registration fees for handicapped-equipped vehicles, expanding the use of bio-mass materials for energy production, green jobs tax credits, alternative fuels refueling infrastructure, revocation of hospitality industry fees, local government procurement/sharing of technology, consolidation of water quality reporting, establishment of sexual offender registry data and granting an extension of time on behalf of consumers for the attorney general and the SCC to review utility rate increase requests.

Sam Rasoul

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Sam Rasoul is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit healthcare firm helping with maternal child health in East Africa. Equipped with an understanding that leadership is a bold journey for justice, he organizes community leaders through The Impact Center; his initiative to develop & empower new age leaders.

Sam committed to decline any donations from special interest Political Action Committees and lobbyists in an effort to raise awareness of the control many powerful special interests have over the political system.

Chris Hurst

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

“I’ve dedicated my life to public service and giving a voice to the people of southwest Virginia.”
“My career in news was fulfilling but instead of asking questions, I became focused on finding solutions.”

Forrest Hite

Current Position: Data Resource Administrator
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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Danny Marshall

Current Position: State Delegate since 2002
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Danville City Council from 2000 – 2001

Danny Marshall is working for Jobs,  Economic Development, A Strong Region and a Strong Virginia.

Danny is the past president of Marshall Concrete Products, a family business that was in our area for more than 40 years and provided 180+ jobs for our region.  He is a former member of the Danville City Council, and Danny has served as president of the Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. He has served on numerous area development boards and commissions, including the Dan River Region Vision Committee.

Eric Stamps

Current Position: Founder, Indivisible Southside
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Les Adams

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Delegate Les Adams is a 6th generation resident of Pittsylvania County and Southside Virginia.  As a local attorney, family man, and small business owner, Les is invested in our community and future prosperity.

Les serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee, which includes his appointments to the Criminal Law Subcommittee and the Judicial Subcommittee.  He is also a member of the Committees on Privileges and Elections, Transportation and Science and Technology.

Dustin Evans

Current Position: Works for Cherrystone Outdoors
Affiliation: Libertarian
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Chris Head

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Chris Head is a proven conservative leader who knows how to create jobs and meet a payroll.

He is ardently and un-apologetically pro life. He is a strong defender of the Second Amendment and NRA Member.

Terry Austin

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Botetourt County Board of Supervisors from 1997 – 2013

Currently serving a third term in the House, Terry Austin is on the committees of Appropriations, Transportation, Rules, and Cities, Count & Towns. In 2018, he was appointed to serve on the Joint Audit & Legislative Commission (JLARC).

Terry is President of Austin Electrical Construction Inc., a small business that specializes in airport runway lighting which he founded forty-six years ago. He also serves on the boards of Bank of Botetourt and Carilion.

Kathy Byron

Current Position: State Delegate since 1998
Affiliation: Republican

Kathy Byrone serves as Vice-chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of  the Finance Committee and House Science and Technology Committee.

Kathy also serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including the Virginia Workforce Development Board, Tobacco Community Revitalization Commission (where she serves as the Chairman of the Research and Development Committee).

Jennifer Woofter

Current Position: Business consultant
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

David Zilles

Current Position: Thermal fluids engineer
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Ronnie Campbell

Current Position: State Delegate since 2019
Affiliation: Republican

Ronnie Campbell is a retired Virginia State Trooper with a M.S. in Risk Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice.

Ronnie sits on the following committees: Courts of Justice; Militia, Police and Public Safety; and Science and Technology and on the following subcommittees: Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2 and Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #3.

 

Christian Worth

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

Overview: N/A

Billy Eli Fishpaw

Current Position: Architect
Affiliation: Green
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

VA House - Southwestern VA DistrictsVA House – Southwestern VA Districts

The Southeastern Virginia house districts include Districts: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, and 24.

The VT onAir Chapter curates posts in the Southwestern VA region.

 

Summary

The Southeastern Virginia house districts include Districts: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, and 24.

The VT onAir Chapter curates posts in the Southwestern VA region.

 

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Terry Kilgore 2Terry Kilgore

Current Position: State Delegate since 1994
Affiliation: Republican

Terry Kilgore served as Chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Rules Committee.

Terry serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including Chairman of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Coal and Energy Commission, and the Southwest Virginia Health Authority. He also serves on the Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 1994
Affiliation: Republican

Terry Kilgore served as Chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Rules Committee.

Terry serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including Chairman of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Coal and Energy Commission, and the Southwest Virginia Health Authority. He also serves on the Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium.

About

Terry Kilgore

Source: Campaign page

Delegate Terry G. Kilgore has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the citizens of the 1st legislative district, since he was first elected in 1993. As Delegate, Terry represents Scott and Lee Counties, part of Wise County, and the City of Norton. He serves as Chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Rules Committee.

Terry serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including Chairman of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Coal and Energy Commission, and the Southwest Virginia Health Authority. He also serves on the Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium.

Terry and his wife, Debbie, reside in Gate City, Virginia in Scott County. They have two grown children, Kayla and Kyle. He practices law in Gate City and serves as the Dean of Institutional Advancement at the Appalachian School of Pharmacy in Grundy, VA.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

  • JD
    Marshall-Wythe School of Law, The College of William and Mary
    1986
  • B.A., 1983
    Clinch Valley College

Personal

Birth Year: 1961
Place of Birth: Kingsport, TN
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Methodist
Spouse: Debbie Sue Wright
Children: Kayla Wright and Kyle Bellamy

Membership & Affiliation

Methodist Church

  • Methodist Church

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Gerald Miller
Administrative Assistant During Session: Margie Doggett

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1001

District Office
P.O. Box 669
Gate City, VA 24251
Phone: (276) 386-7011

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Terry Gene Kilgore (born August 23, 1961) is an American politician. A Republican, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1993, and became chair of the Commerce and Labor committee in 2008. He currently represents the 1st district in the far southwestern corner of the state, near Cumberland Gap.

Kilgore’s twin brother, Jerry Kilgore, was Attorney General of Virginia 2002–2005, and was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia in 2005, losing to Tim Kaine. Kilgore’s mother, Willie Mae Kilgore, was the registrar of voters in Kilgore’s home jurisdiction, Scott County, until December 2008. He has two children, Kayla Wright Kilgore and Kyle Bellamy Kilgore.

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Terry Kilgore (R)16,74895.69%
Write-In (Write-in)7544.31%
TOTAL17,502

2017 State DelegateArray

Terry Kilgore (R)14,84876.0%
Alicia Delynn Kallen (D)4,63923.8%
Write in (Write-in)420.2%
TOTAL19,529

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

KILGORE, TERRY G has run in 10 races for public office, winning 10 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,877,199.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Chair: Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Rules

Subcommittees

Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #3
Rules – Subcommittee #2
Rules – Joint Rules

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Twitter

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Will Morefieldns 1Will Morefield

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Even though Will Morefield is one of the youngest delegates at 33, he is a senior member in the House who proudly represents the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Russell, and Tazewell. This gives him a strong and unique voice in Richmond for our area.

As delegate, Will was the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he advocates for coal and natural gas jobs and has initiated Project Jonah, which will be the largest aquaculture project in the world – creating hundreds of jobs right here in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Counties, Cities and Town Committee, Will successfully fights for teacher pay raises and for expanding infrastructure and drinking water projects.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Even though Will Morefield is one of the youngest delegates at 33, he is a senior member in the House who proudly represents the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Russell, and Tazewell. This gives him a strong and unique voice in Richmond for our area.

As delegate, Will was the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he advocates for coal and natural gas jobs and has initiated Project Jonah, which will be the largest aquaculture project in the world – creating hundreds of jobs right here in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Counties, Cities and Town Committee, Will successfully fights for teacher pay raises and for expanding infrastructure and drinking water projects.

About

Will Morefieldns

Source: Campaign page

Will Morefield grew up in Tazewell County to a multi-generation coalmining family. He attended and graduated Tazewell County Schools and was raised in a Christian home, learning at an early age the strong values that makes Southwest Virginia great.

After graduating from Midwestern State University in Texas in 2007, Will Morefield returned to Virginia and ran for the House of Delegates in 2010. Will ran because the people of this district who grapple with and overcome challenges every day deserve a representative who will deliver solutions to their problems and not just talk about them.

Even though Will Morefield is one of the youngest delegates at 33, he is a senior member in the House who proudly represents the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Russell, and Tazewell. This gives him a strong and unique voice in Richmond for our area. As delegate, Will was the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he advocates for coal and natural gas jobs and has initiated Project Jonah, which will be the largest aquaculture project in the world – creating hundreds of jobs right here in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Counties, Cities and Town Committee, Will successfully fights for teacher pay raises and for expanding infrastructure and drinking water projects.

Will is married to his wife April and they recently welcomed their beautiful daughter Kennedy into the world. Will and April Morefield both refuse to see Kennedy grow up in an area with few opportunities to succeed. This is why Will Morefield will continue to fight for a regional authority that will attract new industry to our region. He will continue to stand up for the coalminers, farmers and teachers who are the bedrock of our community. Will Morefield will continue to fight for Southwest Virginia because the hardworking people of the 3rd District deserve the hardest working delegate in Richmond!

Experience

Work Experience

  • Small business owner

Education

  • M.B.A
    King College, TN
    2013
  • B.A.A.S
    Midwestern State University, TX
    2007

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1984
  • Place of Birth: Bluefield, WV
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: April
  • Children: Kennedy and Charleston

Membership & Affiliation

Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce
Coal and Energy Commission

Contact

Legislative Assistant: M. E. Marty Hall, Jr., Chief of Staff
Administrative Assistant During Session: Lynn Yarbrough

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1003

District Office
P.O. Box 828
North Tazewell, VA 24630

Phone: (276) 345-4300

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Will Morefield (R)17,09998.03%
Write In (Write-in)3431.97%
TOTAL17,442

2017 State DelegateArray

Will Morefield (R)13,57278.13%
William Carey Bunch, Jr (D)3,75921.64%
Write In (Write-in)400.23%
TOTAL17,371

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

MOREFIELD, JAMES W (WILL) has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $854,177.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Vice Chair: Militia, Police and Public Safety
Counties Cities and Towns
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
General Laws

Subcommittees

Chair: Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #3
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #1
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #2
General Laws – Subcommittee #3
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Ballotpedia

Issues

Civil Rights

Sanctity of Life

As a new father who looks into the innocent and trusting eyes of our newborn daughter, I know  the value of protecting the lives of the unborn. Our U.S. Constitution guarantees Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness. As your state delegate, I will always passionately defend life.

Second Amendment

I have always recognized our God given right to keep and bear arms. This includes both for recreational use and to protect ourselves and our family. I will always be a stanch supporter of your Second Amendment rights.

Economy

Job Creation

One of my main priorities is attracting more quality jobs to our district. I am currently working to create a regional authority to bring new industry to our region. I initiated Project Jonah (the largest aquaculture project in the world) bringing hundreds of jobs to our area. I don’t believe in just talking about job creation, I believe in rolling up my sleeves and actually making it happen!

Education

Education is the foundation for success, but in order to have a successful education system we need qualified teachers. This is why I fought for teacher pay raises. This will allow us to be competitive and to retain quality educators instead of losing them to larger areas.

Coal

In my time as Delegate, I have fought hard to advocate for coal and natural gas jobs. I know the significant role coal plays in our community and  in our state! I am proud to be the the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal and am honored to have the support and trust of Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance as I fight for our district.

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Starla KiserStarla Kiser

Current Position: Founder, Healios Health
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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Summary

Current Position: Founder, Healios Health
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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About

Starla is originally from Dante, VA in Dickenson County. She grew up on a farm with three sisters. Her father was a public school teacher, bus driver, and farmer, and her mother was a stay-at-home mom before working as a communications assistant at AT&T.  She attended Ervinton High School and East Tennessee State University. Starla worked with a local NASA program in Wise County as an undergraduate which led to work at other NASA programs across the country including the NASA Astrobiology Academy in California. She did research in space medicine in Russia, France, and Silicon Valley and studied humanities in the Netherlands before attending medical school.

These unique opportunities allowed Starla to move to Boston and receive two degrees from Harvard. She received a medical degree at Harvard Medical School, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School, studying international development and health policy. She did her medical residency training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. 

Starla has done work in global health, primary care, and service delivery innovation, in Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, India, and rural Appalachia. She has a non-profit, Healios Foundation, that helps invest in high-impact entrepreneurs and organizations in developing countries and underserved areas in the U.S., and promotes economic innovation in rural areas. Through this foundation, she helped create a primary school for children in South Sudan.

She worked in clinical innovation at Iora Health and Harken Health, an innovative primary care start-up, creating and directing wellness and disease management programs for a large population in Chicago, Illinois. 

After Harken Health closed in 2017, Starla decided to take the lessons she learned and move back home to create her own business and innovation lab in Southwest Virginia. She developed Healios Health, an innovative direct primary care and employer-based clinic. Her clinic was designed to serve patients who were uninsured in Virginia before Medicaid expanded in 2019. With the expansion of Medicaid, she is transitioning her business to focus on building medical software. Starla also worked with local female entrepreneurs to create Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs- a newly formed organization to support young women to become entrepreneurs in the region.

Starla believes in the expansion of medication-assisted treatment for those with opioid addiction, and has worked for over a year at the Dickenson County Behavioral Health Center- treating individuals in the county with opioid addiction. She is also working with her sister, CEO of a company and organization, IMPERFKT Foundation, on projects to support mental health in the region, while also promoting the arts, tourism, and economic development in SWVA. 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Instagram

Issues

Economy

 

Healthcare

 

Increasing Patient Choice.

Black Lung

Expanding Substance Use Treatment.

Increase Access to Mental Health Treatment. 

 

Education

Gun Safety

 

Economy

This area does not need handouts. What we really want, what we really need are good jobs. We want to provide for our families, and ensure our children have a bright future. It wasn’t long ago we could depend on the coal industry to offer our miners a good living.

We must continue to support our coal miners and keep our coal jobs. We also need to look to the future and make coal valuable again. We need to create innovative ways to utilize and commercialize our assets, including coal and our farming land and natural resources, while ensuring we keep the wealth in SWVA (e.g. coal to graphene).

As we support our farmers and coal miners, Southwest Virginia must attract new industries, like our neighbors have done in Kentucky and Tennessee. We can use multiple avenues including tax-based incentives, and ensuring sites are ready for development. We need to creatively reuse our abandoned mine land. We need to incentivize young professionals who have left the area to come back to live and build businesses. We must also continue to support our schools, and ensure access to high-speed internet, which are necessities for attracting industry.

We must support our small business owners, and provide opportunities for our young people to become entrepreneurs. We should also support research and development in areas including clean and renewable energies, so that SWVA can become a hotbed of innovation in this and other areas.

Our state and local leader’s primary focus should be on bringing jobs to SWVA. Although the economy is booming on the coasts and in the cities, our communities continue to be left behind. We cannot be complacent. We will not be able to thrive as long as our brightest residents have to leave the area to make a living. Our residents will continue to be sicker if their families cannot find jobs. Our young people will continue to be affected by opioid addiction if we do not give them hope from a young age that they can live out their life’s purpose and make a decent living in SWVA.

Education

Our greatest asset is our people, particularly our young people. With higher poverty rates, fewer resources, and the lowest paid teachers in the state, our students consistently score high on standards of learning exams (#1 in math, science, and reading) and rank in the top 10-20% in the state, while succeeding in areas like robotics. We cannot afford to lose these gains, but must support our teachers with higher pay and ensure our schools get the funding and resources they need to further prepare our youth for jobs in the 21st century.

Right now, our best and brightest seemingly have no choice but to leave SWVA to find jobs or further their education. We need to try everything possible to create jobs and opportunities so our students can stay, and offer incentives for those who have left to come back to the area and contribute to the SWVA economy. We need to offer more training programs for students in high school that allow them to graduate directly to jobs, and also enhance our area’s technical education. We need to keep our Job Corps Program.

We need to formalize the untapped skills of our unemployed workers and coal miners, giving them certificates for skills they already have so they can obtain jobs, and so our area can attract more industry. We need to offer shorter-term training and certificate programs at our community colleges for our citizens of any age to learn relevant skills including coding, software and web development, and other skills that are important to succeed in today’s technology jobs. We need to support these STEM jobs, while also promoting the arts and provide ways our area artisans, musicians and creatives can work together, expand their reach, and sell their products online all across the country.

We need to realize the potential of our area colleges, including the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Emory and Henry, and our great community colleges, law and pharmacy schools, and also expand post-graduate education.

My primary focus is on jobs and the economy, and we cannot successfully attract industry without making sure we are adequately preparing our students. The intellect and adaptability of our students is already here, but we must do our part to ensure our students are putting the most relevant tools in their toolbox to contribute to the 21st century economy.

 

Health Care

I have been thankful to see so many of my patients now have access to health care with Virginia’s expansion of Medicaid. As a doctor, I have thought a lot about health care in our region. These are some of the ideas to increase access to quality health care in SWVA.

Increasing Patient Choice

Southwest Virginians need access to quality health care. We also need choice. Research has shown us that health care monopolies increase costs for patients, and also affect quality of care. We need to make sure our citizens do not have to drive hours to obtain emergency health services, or pay higher and higher prices for lower quality treatment- even when they have insurance. We need to push for price transparency in health care and publicly report and rank our health systems on quality and cost including percentage of administrative/wasted costs.

We need to dramatically improve health care quality in the area by supporting health development zones and pilot innovative projects in the SWVA region, including support for Medicaid/Medicare value-based health care initiatives. We need to get our citizens access to standards of care, including setting up our own telemedicine Centers of Excellence so our citizens can access top quality evidence-based specialty care all across the country.

We also need to be creative about attracting new providers to the area through scholarship and loan forgiveness programs, and also support independent practitioners and health systems in the area.

Black Lung

We must support our miners to receive black lung benefits, and ensure patients with black lung receive adequate specialty care. We must support research in advanced black lung and access to the latest treatment options.

Expanding Substance Abuse Treatment

I have been providing addiction treatment in Dickenson County for over a year. Our counties have high rates of opioid addiction and overdoses per capita, yet there are few providers offering addiction treatment. We have to get rid of the stigma, and ensure our neighbors, family, and friends get the help they need. Virginia has been at the forefront of ensuring Medicaid provides coverage for opioid treatment.

We need to further expand medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction and expand harm reduction policies. Learning from other states, we can create hub-and-spoke models that create a cohesive ecosystem for addiction treatment, increasing MAT access in primary care with referrals to these specialty addiction centers. We need to increase the number of step-down and intensive outpatient programs that offer residents concentrated treatment outside of our limited number of detox/rehab centers.

Like other states, we need to support challenges and fund innovative programs that are creating next generation opioid treatments, including digital therapies and rehab at home programs. We also need to digitally map our current MAT providers, and make it easily accessible to patients.

Increasing Access to Mental Health Treatment

SWVA is in dire need of adequate mental health treatment. Patients with severe mental health issues have difficulty seeing a psychiatrist and getting appropriate treatment. We need to attract more psychiatrists to the area, ensure area psychiatrists and behavioral health practitioners receive adequate insurance reimbursement so they see our patients with Medicaid, and increase support to our community behavioral health centers. We need to expand psychiatric step-down programs, increase the quality of our inpatient psychiatric facilities, and overall push to innovate in psychiatric care and behavioral health in Virginia, bringing it into the the 21st century. We need to work on the stigma surrounding mental health diagnoses, and ensure our local and state policies treat mental health patients compassionately- like they treat all other patients and citizens in the area.

Safety

Gun Safety

I SUPPORT THE 2ND AMENDMENT

It is settled Constitutional law that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
The Second Amendment was authored by James Madison who is considered the father of the Constitution. The Commonwealth of Virginia has played a prominent role in protecting the individual rights of our citizens. In the Heller case, the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008).

 

THE 2ND AMENDMENT SHOULD APPLY TO LAW ABIDING CITIZENS

The Supreme Court has also stated that the right to bear arms is not unlimited and that guns and gun ownership would continue to be regulated. I believe that any regulation should be based upon an effort to strengthen the rights of law abiding citizens to enjoy the freedoms set forth in our Constitution. The law allows those who have been convicted of violent crimes and felonies to be barred from ownership from firearms. I believe that those committing crimes by the use or possession of a firearm need to be punished strongly so that sportsmen and law abiding citizens may continue to enjoy their freedoms unfettered by regulation.

 
I SUPPORT CONSISTENT GUN LAWS THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH

I share the position of the NRA and other gun owner support groups in supporting consistent gun laws throughout the Commonwealth. We do not need a “patchwork” of local and/or municipal laws regulating the ownership and use of firearms. A citizen of Virginia should be able to educate themselves concerning the laws of Virginia and feel confident in exercising their rights to bear arms consistently throughout the Commonwealth.

 
I SUPPORT THE PROTECTION OF EXISTING SHOOTING RANGES

I believe that existing shooting ranges should be exempt to regulation from any zoning or noise ordinance based upon encroaching population. It is my position that moving near an existing shooting range is analogous to moving next to an airport.

 
I SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO ALLOW HUNTING ON SUNDAY

I believe that sportsmen should be able to hunt on both public and private lands on Sunday.
 

I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE MANUFACTURE OF FIREARMS IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

I would support the manufacture of firearms and military grade weapon systems in Southwest Virginia. The workforce of our region consists of many dedicated and trained workers who would benefit from the manufacture of firearms and weapons in our region.

 
I AM IN FAVOR OF BACKGROUND CHECKS AT GUN SHOWS

I am convinced that a law abiding gun owner can withstand the scrutiny of a background check to ensure that firearms do not fall into the hands of violent felons or terrorists. I believe that requiring background checks for gun purchases at gun shows and other public events where guns may be sold in large numbers will further protect our rights to bear arms and increase the safety of our state.

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Israel O'QuinnIsrael O’Quinn

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel O’Quinn works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel served as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee.

Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel O’Quinn works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel served as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee.

Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

About

Delegate Israel O’Quinn was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates on November 8, 2011. He represents the 5th House District which is comprised of Bristol City, Galax City, Grayson County, Smyth County (part) and Washington County (part).

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel serves as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee. Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

As a citizen legislator, Israel is employed by K-VA-T Food Stores, the parent company of the Food City retail supermarket chain. He currently directs the company’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, in addition to chairing the company’s Energy Conservation Committee, which has implemented a number of energy conservation measures throughout the K-VA-T distribution center and numerous stores. Prior to joining the K-VA-T team in 2006, Israel served in various roles in government and campaigns. He spent two years in the office of Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and worked on a number of political campaigns, including those for Governor, Attorney General, US Senate, House of Delegates and various local offices.

Israel is Past Chairman of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, which has Five Star accreditation from the US Chamber of Commerce. Israel is a recipient of the The Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 award, as well as Emory & Henry College’s Young Alumnus of the Year award. While at Emory & Henry College, Israel played on the varsity baseball team and graduated with degrees in Political Science and History. Israel is also a graduate of Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Virginia.

Israel and his wife, Emily, reside in Washington County, Virginia. Emily works as a corporate communications professional and she is an avid supporter of community organizations at both the state and local levels. Over the years, her service on a number of boards has focused on various business and philanthropic initiatives including expanding educational opportunities for children and increasing access to the arts.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Businessman

Education

  • B.A., Political Science/History
    Emory & Henry College
    2002

Awards

Emory & Henry College, Young Alumnus of the Year (2006)
Business Journals, 40 Under 40 (2008)
Virginia Retail Merchants, Legislator of the Year (2014)
Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Business Advocate of the Year (2015)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1980
  • Place of Birth: Abingdon, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: Emily Lauren Gentry

Membership & Affiliation

Bristol Chamber of Commerce (former chairman)
Virginia Tobacco Commission (former commissioner)
Virginia Public Safety Foundation (board member)
Tennessee Valley Corridor (former board member)
Virginia Coal and Energy Commission
K-VA-T Food Stores Charitable Foundation (board member)
Food Marketing Institute (committee member)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Jacob Holmes
Administrative Assistant During Session: Judy Miles

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1005

District Office
Physical Address:
101 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Bristol, VA 24201
Phone: (276) 525-1311

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Israel O’Quinn (R)18,49097.66%
Write In (Write-in)4442.34%
TOTAL18,934

2017 State DelegateArray

Israel O’Quinn (R)18,40297.26%
Write In (Write-in)5182.74%
TOTAL18,920

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Commerce and Labor

Subcommittees

Chair: Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #3
Chair: Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #4
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #1
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Twitter

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Jeffrey Campbell 1Jeffrey Campbell

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents.  Our government must make this the No. 1 priority for the citizens of the 6th District.  We can do better.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents.  Our government must make this the No. 1 priority for the citizens of the 6th District.  We can do better.

About

Jeffrey Campbell

Source: Campaign page

I was born in Saltville in 1966, the youngest of three children to working class parents.  My father was a machinist by trade and my mother worked as a retail clerk.  They were both children of the Great Depression with little formal education.  They believed in the value of hard work and instilled in me the importance of family and community.  Times were tough everywhere when I was kid.  Stagflation and gas shortages.  Layoffs and plant closures following the passage of NAFTA.  We didn’t have many luxuries.  But my parents impressed on me the value of perseverance.  That ability to persevere carried me through many long, tough struggles in my personal life, such as the loss of my father when I was a teenager to having the will to work all night long in a local factory just to be able to afford to finish college and law school during the daytime.

That same perseverance instilled in me by my parents helped me struggle for years to attract industry and jobs to Saltville while serving as Mayor.  In talking with many of the people in the 6th District, I have discovered that they, like me, faced many of these same struggles.  But we can make a change.  We can attract industry to the 6th District and we can provide good paying jobs and opportunity for our people.  We can do so through ingenuity and, most of all, perseverance.  However, we can’t do it without changing the status quo.  In Virginia, the rules of the economic development game favor the more affluent and politically influential areas of the state.  So, if we continue to play by their rules, we are destined to perish.  I understand how to manipulate this system to bring jobs to our district.  I managed to do it from Saltville, a town of 2,300 people.

I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents.  Our government must make this the No. 1 priority for the citizens of the 6th District.  We can do better.

It’s an honor to represent you in Richmond as your Delegate from the 6th District.  If I can ever be of service, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.

Biography – A Lifetime of Service

Elective Office
  • Member, Virginia House of Delegates (Sixth District)  2014-Present
  • Mayor, Town of Saltville   2004- 2010
  • Councilman, Town of Saltville   1998 – 2004

Career

  • Campbell Law Firm – Engaged in private practice of law since 2000.
    Current and former representative clients:
  • County of Smyth
  • Town of Saltville
  • Town of Chilhowie
  • Branch Banking & Trust
  • Smyth County Department of Social Services
  • Pro-Erectors, Inc.
  • Smyth Paint & Decorating, Inc.
  • Smyth County Eye Associates, Inc.
  • Southeast Educational Associates, Inc.
  • Lowery Investments, LLC
  • Marion Pediatric Associates, P.C.
  • REL, Inc.
  • Riverfront Cafe, Inc.
  • Reynolds Holding Group, LLC
  • DeBusk Farms, LLC

Military Service

  • United States Army Reserve   1993-2001

Civic Involvement

  • Saltville Industrial Development Authority
  • Allison Gap Ruritan Club
  • Smyth County Tourism Association
  • Mount Rogers Planning District Commission
  • Youth Football, Basketball & Baseball Coach

Education

  • R.B. Worthy High School, 1984
  • Emory & Henry College, 1992, B.A. – Mass Communication/Political Science
  • Appalachian School of Law, J.D.

Personal

  • Married to Carie Hammond Campbell
  • Children: Chelsea, Cassidy, Jake, & Chloe
  • Lifetime resident of Smyth County

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • USA (Reserves)
    1993 to 2001

Education

  • JD
    Appalachian School of Law
    2000
  • BA
    Emory & Henry College
    1992

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1966
  • Place of Birth: Smyth County, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Protestant
  • Spouse: Carie Michelle Hammond
  • Children: Chelsea, Cassidy, Jake, and Chloe

Membership & Affiliation

Main Street Christian Church
Allison Gap Ruritan
Saltville Historical Foundation
Smyth County Tourism Association
Mount Rogers Planning District Commission

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Jed Arnold
Administrative Assistant During Session: Judy Miles

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1006

District Office
P.O. Box 986
Marion, VA 24354

Phone: (276) 227-0247

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Jeffrey Campbell (R)16,87976.86%
James R. “Jim” Barker (D)5,05023.00%
Write In (Write-in)320.15%
TOTAL21,961

2017 State DelegateArray

Jeffrey Campbell (R)16,79581.3%
Kenneth David Browning ()3,69517.9%
Write In (Write-in)1670.8%
TOTAL20,657

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

CAMPBELL, JEFFREY L has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $681,956

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Science and Technology
Counties Cities and Towns
Militia, Police and Public Safety

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #1
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #4
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #1

Appointments

Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission
District Courts, Committee on
House Counties Cities and Towns
House Courts of Justice
House Militia Police and Public Safety
House Science & Technology
Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium Governing Board
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

The 2nd Amendment

The Second Amendment provides for the civil right of citizens to purchase and own firearms. I believe that it is a fundamental civil right on par with freedoms of speech, religion and press. The basic human right to defend one’s self and their family must be protected by and free from interference from the government. Accordingly, I view laws abridging the right of a citizen to own and possess a firearm with the greatest of scrutiny.

As a lifelong resident of this district, I understand the heritage in the outdoor sports that we all enjoy. Hunting, fishing and trapping are a way of life for many of us. The right to hunt is now protected constitutionally in Virginia, which I fully supported. However, we all must be vigilant to the defense of our right to own and possess firearms by realizing that the fact of the very need for such a constitutional amendment stands for the proposition that there are forces at work who would love nothing better than to disarm all of us. We must further understand, just as the drafters of the Constitution did, that all of the civil rights afforded to us are only as safe as our ability to defend the integrity of such an over-reaching, tyrannical government.  It is imperative that the General Assembly be on guard and take necessary action to protect against these federal transgressions. As your Delegate, I have supported all the rights afforded to us by the Second Amendment and oppose any and all legislation that attempts to infringe upon these rights.

Economy

Economic Development

Economic Development in the 6th District is my number one priority.  Carroll, Smyth and Wythe counties have suffered from the effects of NAFTA with plant closures in the woodworking and textile industries.  Redevelopment efforts have been slow in most places as a result of a lack of discretionary money available to the localities.  As a result our county governments have been forced to rely on the referrals we get from the economic development authorities in Richmond.  Historically, the more promising prospects have been directed to the more affluent and politically influential areas of the Commonwealth.  The lack of local money available to market and recruit directly to the industrial sector has tilted the scales in favor of the urban regions of the Commonwealth.  I have proposed, and will continue to advocate for legislation, that would appropriate more discretionary money for localities to hire industrial recruiters and economic development professionals to level the playing field with other areas of the Commonwealth.

Additionally, the 6th District needs more money from the Commonwealth for training our workforce in the skill sets necessary to attract high paying, high tech jobs in the 21st Century.

Lastly, our economic development efforts must contain a focal aspect in agribusiness.  We are blessed with some of the most rich and fertile farms anywhere in the Commonwealth.  Our farmers need more diversity in their marketplaces to become profitable once again.  I support legislation that will promote the efforts of our local farmers and discourage unnecessary over regulation that stifles growth both within the 6th District and abroad.  Agribusiness ranks number one in Virginia’s economy in terms of gross domestic product.  We need to capture as much of this opportunity as we can and we are naturally positioned to do so.

When I was first elected to council in Saltville in 1998, our town suffered from massive unemployment and economic decline.  We had five empty industrial buildings.  I made a promise to fill those buildings when I asked for the people’s vote of confidence in electing me.  I am proud to say that when I left office twelve years later that all of those buildings were filled and we had created hundreds of jobs for our locality.  I make that same solemn promise to the citizens of the 6th District.  I will work tirelessly and endlessly to bring good paying jobs and tax base to our region and I will not quit until every citizen of the 6th District who wants a job can have one.

 

Education

A lot of people seeking office say that they support public education.  Unfortunately, few actually offer specific detail to their ideology or offer insight into how they would make positive contributions to the system if elected.  In my opinion, our public school system has suffered from a lack of commitment and trust by the legislature in the professionals that have chosen the very noble profession of teaching.

There have been too many “reform efforts” launched out of political motivation and justified through a misrepresentation of the lack of quality of the public school system through a use of subjective test scores.  We need to remove the politics from the equation and re-evaluate the continued implementation of the Standards of Learning testing that has become certainly the primary, if not the sole, focus of the academic year for all public schools in Virginia.  The enormous pressure to meet these demands has led to a diminution in the quality of the educational experience for the children.  Teachers no longer have enough classroom time to give attention to the children that need it most.  The demands to cover the testing objectives have destroyed the flexibility for educators to teach children the process of how to learn.

The educational process is about far more than a child successfully processing enough material into his or her short term memory to pass a multiple choice test.  The pressures to meet these arbitrary performance standards have led to our children not mastering the tools of “how to learn.”  There is no time to expose the child sufficiently to the concepts of analytical, deductive and inductive reasoning and abstract thought.  These are the skills that provide the foundation for the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs.  And we, as a society, are throwing these away by requiring our educational system to prove its competence through an annual test.  This is not only illogical; it is destructive to the future of our children.

The General Assembly talks about “outcome based” education and support the continued mandate of the Standards of Learning while ignoring the very compelling fact that nearly fifteen years after the implementation of the test our children are suffering from lower college entrance exam scores and a greater need for college remediation than they were when the test was first implemented.  If this is truly a system of outcome based education, then the outcome is clear.  I have introduced, and will continue to support, legislation that leads to reform for the Standards of Learning in Virginia.

The education of our children is the key to the ongoing development of our localities.  Our children’s futures depend on it and, in my opinion, should receive the General Assembly’s premium commitment to its success.

Safety

Public safety should always be near the top of the list in any responsible candidate or elected official’s platform.  We have a right and the government has a duty to ensure that we are safe and secure in our homes, in our schools and while in the general public.

As a practicing attorney since 2000, I know firsthand the measure of the crime rate in the 6th District.  Very few criminal cases cross the dockets that do not involve drugs as a factor.  The Commonwealth, and indeed, the entire nation spends billions of dollars annually to detect and deter illegal drugs through our criminal justice system.  I am here to tell you that, in my humble experience, it isn’t working.  More and more younger people are being exposed, becoming addicted to and falling prey to illegal drugs than ever before.  Despite our best efforts to prosecute and imprison those persons responsible, the drug abuse rates continue to escalate.  Catching those responsible for the supply is a crucial part of the balanced equation.  However, we must do more to curb the demand which, in my opinion, will be more effective in reducing the affect of illegal drugs in our community.

More public money needs to be invested in drug abuse education, counseling and treatment.  We need to explore the possibility that there are many social factors that lead an individual to migrate toward the use of illegal drugs.  If  we are to be successful in winning this war, we must do more to take the profitability out of the equation for drug dealers.  That begins with curbing the demand.

Where will we find this money?  Through a more balanced and judicious use of the public’s resources in the use of incarceration as a punishment.  We spend at least $24,667 a year to incarcerate an individual in a Virginia correctional facility.  Many of these individuals pose no threat to society at all.  Incarceration should be reserved for those individuals that create a threat to public safety.

I further support the institution of armed police officers into every school in the Commonwealth.  The tragedy that has befallen places such as Sandy Hook and Columbine should never happen here at home and I believe the best way to ensure this is by providing a well-trained, well-armed security officer as a first line of defense.  I cannot count the numbers of children that have expressed credible fear to me in regard to having to return to school after the Sandy Hook incident.  Our children and teachers deserve a safe school and I would support, wholeheartedly, the efforts to provide such.

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Jim BarkerJim Barker

Current Position: Member, Marion Town Council
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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Summary

Current Position: Member, Marion Town Council
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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About

Source: Campaign page

I was born and raised in Marion, Virginia. I went through school in Marion and attended college at Virginia Tech. After a long, successful career with the U.S. Forest Service which included time spent as a law enforcement officer, I founded my own real estate appraisal business. Now I feel it’s time I use my education, experience, and skills on behalf of my fellow citizens.

As a town council member and throughout my varied background and experience in my federal career, I have developed a wide knowledge base that has helped me understand and appreciate many of the challenges of public service. I place a strong emphasis in creating positive change especially when change can improve a situation or program. During my federal career and now as a town council member, I strive to make everything work better and more efficiently.

I am a strong supporter of the U.S. and Commonwealth constitutions, our educators, our first responders, and law enforcement officers. I have experience in law enforcement and know how tough the job can be. I have served on the Marion Town Council from 2010 through the present and have worked hard make it a better place to live. Now I want to go to Richmond and work just as hard for everybody in District 6.

I want and will appreciate your vote on November 5th.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
P.O. Box 1473
Marion, VA 24354
Phone: 276-685-2070

Web

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Issues

Economy

Southwest Virginians need good jobs beyond service and make-work jobs. We need more highly skilled blue collar jobs which can offer salaries with which we can send our children to college, provide great family housing, and access the best health care.

Education

We must ensure that our local schools and colleges are competitive with schools across the globe. We must reverse the shrinking state funding for education in our area. The salaries we pay our teachers must attract the best and most educated candidates.

Safety

Solving the Drug Crisis

Drug abuse is extremely damaging to our area. We must work with law enforcement, social agencies, medical providers, religious organizations, and schools in order to reverse the drug crisis in Southwest Virginia.

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Nick RushNick Rush

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Montgomery County Board of Supervisors from 1992 – 2004

Nick was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November of 2011 and has been re-elected in 2013, 2015, and most recently in 2017 to continue serving the citizens of the 7th House District. At the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, Nick was elected Majority Whip by his fellow Caucus members.

As a strong voice for the New River Valley, Nick has worked hard to make the NRV the “best place to live, work, raise a family and retire.”

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Montgomery County Board of Supervisors from 1992 – 2004

Nick was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November of 2011 and has been re-elected in 2013, 2015, and most recently in 2017 to continue serving the citizens of the 7th House District. At the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, Nick was elected Majority Whip by his fellow Caucus members.

As a strong voice for the New River Valley, Nick has worked hard to make the NRV the “best place to live, work, raise a family and retire.”

About

Source: Campaign page

After graduating from Christiansburg High School, Nick served in the United States Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. Nick left active duty as a non-commissioned officer in 1989. At 23 years old, he was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors as the youngest member in history. Nick served for 12 years on the board and is a former Chairman and Vice Chairman.

Nick was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November of 2011 and has been re-elected in 2013, 2015, and most recently in 2017 to continue serving the citizens of the 7th House District. At the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, Nick was elected Majority Whip by his fellow Caucus members.

As a strong voice for the New River Valley, Nick has worked hard to make the NRV the “best place to live, work, raise a family and retire.”

Delegate Rush currently resides in the Town of Christiansburg with his wife Jennifer and their daughter.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Registered representative
    Invest Financial Corporation
  • Paratrooper
    82nd Airborne Div.
    1986 to 1989

Education


  • New River Community College

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1968
  • Place of Birth: Christiansburg, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Christian
  • Spouse: Jennifer Gaye Whitaker
  • Children: Cody, Forrest, and Lilly

Membership & Affiliation

Community Christian Church
New River Economic Development Alliance
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce
Floyd County Chamber of Commerce

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Judi Lynch, Director of Legislative Affairs
Administrative Assistant During Session: Susan Nienaber

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1007

Pocahontas Building 900 E. Main St, Richmond, Virginia 23219 Office: (804) 698-1007 Email Address:DelNRush@house.virginia.gov Room Number: W232 Map It Legislative Assistant: Judi Lynch, Director of Legislative Affairs Administrative Assistant During Session: Susan Nienaber District Office
P.O. Box 1591
Christiansburg, VA 24068
Office: (540) 382-7731
Phone: (540) 382-7731

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Nick Rush (R)13,84266.74%
Rhonda G. Seltz (D)6,88333.19%
Write In (Write-in)140.07%
TOTAL20,739

2017 State DelegateArray

Nick Rush (R)17,56066.3%
Flourette Marie Moore Ketner (D)8,87833.5%
Write In (Write-in)320.1%
TOTAL26,470

Finances

RUSH, LARRY N (NICK) has run in 4 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $322,027.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Militia, Police and Public Safety
   Appropriations

Subcommittees

Chair: Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
Appropriations – Public Safety Subcommittee
Appropriations – Special Subcommittee on Amazon
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #3
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #4

Appointments

Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Higher Education, Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia
House Appropriations
House Militia Police and Public Safety
House Privileges and Elections
Infrastructure and Security Subcommittee
Local Government Fiscal Stress, Joint Subcommittee on
MEI Project Approval Commission
Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, Joint Subcommittee to Study
Online Virginia Network Authority
Recreational Facilities Authority, Virginia
Service System Structure and Financing
Teacher Education and Licensure, Advisory Board
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Joseph McNamaraJoseph McNamara

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Roanoke County Board of Supervisors from 1998 – 2018

“As the next Delegate from the Roanoke and New River Valleys, Joe McNamara will continue Delegate Greg Habeeb’s work to advance pro-life, fiscally conservative, and pro-Second Amendment principles!”

Elected to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors in 1996, he has successfully reduced the Roanoke County budget and has never raised a tax.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Roanoke County Board of Supervisors from 1998 – 2018

“As the next Delegate from the Roanoke and New River Valleys, Joe McNamara will continue Delegate Greg Habeeb’s work to advance pro-life, fiscally conservative, and pro-Second Amendment principles!”

Elected to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors in 1996, he has successfully reduced the Roanoke County budget and has never raised a tax.

About

Joseph McNamara 1

Joe McNamara is married to his lovely wife Cheryl and together they have five children – Josh, Patrick, Joey, Corey, and Colleen. We also can’t forget to add Tibs (a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel).

Joe graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS of Accounting, and a BS of Finance, he is a Certified Public Accountant. Joe has Masters Coursework in Taxation with Virginia Tech.

Elected to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors in 1996, he has successfully reduced the Roanoke County budget and has never raised a tax.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Small Business Owner

Education

  • B.S., Commerce, Accounting and Finance
    University of Virginia
    1985

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1963
  • Place of Birth: Cleveland, OH
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Spouse: Cheryl Edwards McNamara
  • Children: Joshua, Patrick, Joey, Corey, and Colleen

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Archer McGiffin
Administrative Assistant During Session: Sharon Wiltshire

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1008

District Office
P.O. Box 21094
Roanoke, VA 24018

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Joseph McNamara (R)15,19566.38%
Darlene W. Lewis (D)7,67333.52%
Write In (Write-in)220.10%
TOTAL22,890

2018 State DelegateArray

Joseph McNamara (R)21,80162.04%
E. Carter Turner III (D)13,29237.83%
Write In (Write-in)470.13%
TOTAL35,140

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Finance
Counties Cities and Towns

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #2
Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #3
Finance – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

House Counties Cities and Towns
House Finance
House Science & Technology

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Twitter

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Darlene LewisDarlene Lewis

Current Position: Founder, The Hope Center
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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Summary

Current Position: Founder, The Hope Center
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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About

Source: Campaign page

My name is Darlene Lewis, but most people call me Miss Darlene. 

I am a 20-year resident of Roanoke County and a small business owner. I am hardworking and determined. My heart led me to open the doors to The Hope Center, a local non-profit organization that responds to some of the most basic needs of the community.

I am not a career politician and I have never held public office. I am, however, a wife, a mother, and an ordained minister.

At this volatile time in our history, I see many needs in our community and I believe the best way for me to address these needs is by entering the political arena.

I look forward to listening to the cares and concerns of the people living in the 8th district, and I look forward to helping my neighbors. I will work to see that the peoples’ needs are met and will do so as God’s humble servant.

Thank you for your support!

Experience

Work Experience

  • Founder
    The Hope Center
    2015 to present

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
P.O. Box 58

Salem, VA 24153
Phone: (540) 302-8484

Web

Facebook, Twitter

Issues

Economy

We must recognize the role of early childhood education, criminal justice reform, neighborhood desegregation, and economic diversification on our overall success.

Education

A quality education is the key to uplifting everyone. It is essential that we continue to improve our public school systems from the bottom up.

Health Care

Every family should have the ability to take their children to the doctor without worry of financial ruin. We must improve and expand our current healthcare system. 

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Charlie Poindexter 1Charlie Poindexter

Current Position: State Delegate since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Franklin County Board of Supervisors from 1999 – 2007

Some of Charlie Poindexter’s successful legislation includes establishment of a Drug Court for Franklin County, Betterment Loans for citizens financially unable to repair their septic systems, assurance of adequate water for private wells, reduced vehicle registration fees for handicapped-equipped vehicles, expanding the use of bio-mass materials for energy production, green jobs tax credits, alternative fuels refueling infrastructure, revocation of hospitality industry fees, local government procurement/sharing of technology, consolidation of water quality reporting, establishment of sexual offender registry data and granting an extension of time on behalf of consumers for the attorney general and the SCC to review utility rate increase requests.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Franklin County Board of Supervisors from 1999 – 2007

Some of Charlie Poindexter’s successful legislation includes establishment of a Drug Court for Franklin County, Betterment Loans for citizens financially unable to repair their septic systems, assurance of adequate water for private wells, reduced vehicle registration fees for handicapped-equipped vehicles, expanding the use of bio-mass materials for energy production, green jobs tax credits, alternative fuels refueling infrastructure, revocation of hospitality industry fees, local government procurement/sharing of technology, consolidation of water quality reporting, establishment of sexual offender registry data and granting an extension of time on behalf of consumers for the attorney general and the SCC to review utility rate increase requests.

About

Charlie Poindexter

Source: Campaign page

Charles ‘Charlie’ Poindexter was first elected as 9th District Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly in 2007. He brought with him eight years of service on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors in addition to more than thirty years experience in the field of Information Systems Technology. Charlie retired in 1997 from the Mitre Corporation as Site Manager and Senior Principal Systems Engineer to the Directorate of Requirements for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia.

During his career, Charlie also worked in industry for Computer Sciences Corporation managing development of Intelligence and Command and Control computer software systems for the USAF; for Litton Industries, Greenbelt Space Flight Center, performing NASA satellite data processing; and for Systems Development Corporation in Falls Church and Hampton modernizing software development technologies and implementing online Command and Control and Intelligence systems. He has lived in the Washington, D.C. , area and Tidewater but also worked Department of Defense projects in Texas, Boston, New Jersey, Alaska, and other locations in the US, Europe and Asia. He was the chief developer of automation of the Air Tasking Order (ATO), which is the daily plan for joint and allied air operations in a wartime scenario.

The son of farmer, sawmiller, and small business owner Francis Poindexter (dec.), Charlie is a Franklin County native who holds to his conservative, Christian, rural roots and the high standards set by his family and his excellent teachers. His mother, Katie Ingram Poindexter (dec.), worked as the cafeteria manager and dietician at the high school for many years. His sister is a retired Franklin County teacher and his brother is a teacher in Pittsylvania County.

Charlie graduated with athletic and academic honors from Franklin County High School, earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Lynchburg College, and a Masters of Science in Management from the George Washington University. At Lynchburg College, Charlie was the starting center and co-captain on the men’s basketball team (’61-’64) and President of the Men’s Blue Key Honor Society. In 2011, he was honored to receive Lynchburg College’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

During his eight years on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, Charlie served as Chairman of the Tri-County Lake Administration (TLAC), Chairman of the Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, vice-chairman of the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, and as the Board’s representative for the Tri-County Smith Mountain Lake Relicense Committee in negotiations with AEP and FERC for the 40-year license for the Smith Mountain Lake project. He also served as a member of the Septic Studies and Grant Oversight Committee and was a member of the Virginia Association of Counties’ Agricultural and Environmental Steering Committee, which developed positions on water quality, wastewater systems, erosion, sediment, bio-solids, agriculture, and similar issues.

In the House of Delegates, Charlie serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Agriculture and Natural Resources and Chesapeake Committee, and the Cities, Towns, and Counties Committee. He is vice-chairman of the State Energy and Environment Commission and serves on the Board of Directors for the Roanoke Higher Education Authority and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. He is a member of the Western Virginia Public Education Consortium. Charlie is continuing his work on the Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee and is a Legislative Member of the Virginia/North Carolina Roanoke River Bi-State Commission.

Some of Charlie’s successful legislation includes establishment of a Drug Court for Franklin County, Betterment Loans for citizens financially unable to repair their septic systems, assurance of adequate water for private wells, reduced vehicle registration fees for handicapped-equipped vehicles, expanding the use of bio-mass materials for energy production, green jobs tax credits, alternative fuels refueling infrastructure, revocation of hospitality industry fees, local government procurement/sharing of technology, consolidation of water quality reporting, establishment of sexual offender registry data and granting an extension of time on behalf of consumers for the attorney general and the SCC to review utility rate increase requests.

Charlie carries a 100% rating by the Family Foundation, an A rating by the NRA, is endorsed by the Virginia Society for Human Life PAC , the Virginia Farm Bureau, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), and the Fraternal Order of Police. He is a member of the Air Force Association and he sits on the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Charlie is a member of Crafts United Methodist Church, where he sings in the choir and is chairman of the Board of Trustees. He and his wife, freelance editor and writer Janet Poindexter, have six adult children and ten grandchildren. They live at Smith Mountain Lake in Glade Hill near the original 1792 Poindexter homeplace.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Farmer
  • T Systems Engineer (retired)

Education

  • M.S.A., Management
    George Washington University, Washington, DC
    1973
  • B.S., Math
    Lynchburg College
    1964

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1942
  • Place of Birth: Roanoke, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Spouse: Janet
  • Children: six

Membership & Affiliation

Crafts United Methodist Church (Pastor Parish Relations, chairman)
Franklin County Historical Society
Air Force Association
Farm Bureau
W.E. Skelton 4-H Center (board of trustees)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: William Pace
Administrative Assistant During Session: Ann Vazquez

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1009

District Office
P.O. Box 117
Glade Hill, VA 24092
Phone: (540) 576-2600

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Charlie Poindexter (R)19,04096.31%
Write-In (Write-in)7293.69%
TOTAL19,769

2017 State DelegateArray

Charlie Poindexter (R)16,41370.35%
Stephanie Christine Cook (D)6,91629.65%
Write-In (Write-in)270.12%
TOTAL23,356

Committees

Committees

Vice Chair: Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Counties Cities and Towns
Appropriations

Subcommittees

Chair: Appropriations – Compensation and Retirement Subcommittee
Chair: Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #1
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #1
Appropriations – Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
Appropriations – General Government and Capital Outlay Subcommittee
Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #3

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Taxes & Spending

I believe we should keep taxes low to encourage investment and growth. We don’t need to raise your taxes in order to pay for every little program and department that government thinks it needs.

You are the person that can best spend the money you own. When I go to Richmond, I will not raise your taxes.

Families all across the Commonwealth are tightening their belts. I believe government should to the same. In Virginia, we balance our budget every year and for the last two years, we have done that without raising your taxes.

When I go back to Richmond, I promise to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars as I always have been. We should fund appropriately the core services of government, without being frivolous or irresponsible.

Economy

Undoubtedly, jobs and the economy are the most important issues during this campaign. Unemployment in some parts of Southern Virginia is almost 20 percent. As your Delegate, jobs will be my number one priority. I have a specific, five-point plan to put Southern Virginia working.

First, we must keep taxes low. Tax increases kill jobs and discourages investment.

Second, I will continue to work with Governor McDonnell to attract new jobs and encourage opportunities. Over the last two years, we have invested over $100 million in economic development. We must continue to make that investment in the future.

Third, we must reduce and eliminate unnecessary regulations. Unnecessary regulation burdens businesses and means job creators aren’t focused on growing their companies.

Fourth, we must invest in education and transportation. Our education system must produce students that can compete in the global economy. Our transportation system must encourage growth and economic movement.

Finally, we must develop Virginia’s energy resources. The high cost of energy hurts businesses and families. The cost of electricity, gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel and other energy must be reduced – but it must be reduced by developing our own energy resources. We should continue to explore for energy resources, focus on developing the resources we have and develop alternative energy.

All of these issues deserve significant attention, but at the moment these issues are framed in relation to creating jobs and moving our economy forward.

Education

Our education system must be the best in the world. I believe we should empower local school boards, teachers and parents so they can best decide how to educate our children.

Bureaucrats in Richmond and Washington don’t know your children, and the don’t know how best to educate them.

I also believe we should continue to invest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mechanical (STEM) Education and Career & Technical Education. Our children should be skilled in trade and labor, so they can fulfill the jobs our communities need.

Health Care

believe Virginia should have the best health care system in the world. We should work to ensure access to quality and affordable care for all Virginians. In Richmond, I have worked to improve our health care system with market-based reforms.

We cannot do it alone, however. The federal government is imposing unfunded mandates and requirements that are making it difficult for state governments to meet their obligations. In Richmond, we must tackle these challenges with common sense and an understanding about the issues.

Infrastructure

Electric Utilities

I believe we should stop unfair rate hikes. I have passed legislation that works toward this goal. I passed a bill that gives Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli more time to review rate increase requests. I also passed legislation that ended the interim rate hikes imposed by utility companies.

The real problem with electric utilities, however, is Washington. Barack Obama and the EPA are imposing crushing regulations on our utility companies. Eighty percent of the current proposed rate increases in our region are due to regulation from Washington. That’s not fair. And Washington should stop hurting families with their ridiculous regulations.

Small Town, Rural Values

I am a conservative Christian who believes every life is precious. I am unapologetic about my pro-life position and I will fight to defend these values in Richmond.

I am also pro-gun. I am proud to be endorsed by the National Rifle Association and I believe that every individual should have the right to own and carry a firearm. I will defend your gun rights as your Delegate.

Your property rights are often under attack by government. I believe we should protect the rights of property owners.

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Charlie PoindexterAbout

From Campaign Website

Charles ‘Charlie’ Poindexter was first elected as 9th District Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly in 2007. He brought with him eight years of service on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors in addition to more than thirty years experience in the field of Information Systems Technology. Charlie retired in 1997 from the Mitre Corporation as Site Manager and Senior Principal Systems Engineer to the Directorate of Requirements for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia.

During his career, Charlie also worked in industry for Computer Sciences Corporation managing development of Intelligence and Command and Control computer software systems for the USAF; for Litton Industries, Greenbelt Space Flight Center, performing NASA satellite data processing; and for Systems Development Corporation in Falls Church and Hampton modernizing software development technologies and implementing online Command and Control and Intelligence systems. He has lived in the Washington, D.C. , area and Tidewater but also worked Department of Defense projects in Texas, Boston, New Jersey, Alaska, and other locations in the US, Europe and Asia. He was the chief developer of automation of the Air Tasking Order (ATO), which is the daily plan for joint and allied air operations in a wartime scenario.

The son of farmer, sawmiller, and small business owner Francis Poindexter (dec.), Charlie is a Franklin County native who holds to his conservative, Christian, rural roots and the high standards set by his family and his excellent teachers. His mother, Katie Ingram Poindexter (dec.), worked as the cafeteria manager and dietician at the high school for many years. His sister is a retired Franklin County teacher and his brother is a teacher in Pittsylvania County.

Charlie graduated with athletic and academic honors from Franklin County High School, earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Lynchburg College, and a Masters of Science in Management from the George Washington University. At Lynchburg College, Charlie was the starting center and co-captain on the men’s basketball team (’61-’64) and President of the Men’s Blue Key Honor Society. In 2011, he was honored to receive Lynchburg College’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

During his eight years on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, Charlie served as Chairman of the Tri-County Lake Administration (TLAC), Chairman of the Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, vice-chairman of the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, and as the Board’s representative for the Tri-County Smith Mountain Lake Relicense Committee in negotiations with AEP and FERC for the 40-year license for the Smith Mountain Lake project. He also served as a member of the Septic Studies and Grant Oversight Committee and was a member of the Virginia Association of Counties’ Agricultural and Environmental Steering Committee, which developed positions on water quality, wastewater systems, erosion, sediment, bio-solids, agriculture, and similar issues.

In the House of Delegates, Charlie serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Agriculture and Natural Resources and Chesapeake Committee, and the Cities, Towns, and Counties Committee. He is vice-chairman of the State Energy and Environment Commission and serves on the Board of Directors for the Roanoke Higher Education Authority and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. He is a member of the Western Virginia Public Education Consortium. Charlie is continuing his work on the Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee and is a Legislative Member of the Virginia/North Carolina Roanoke River Bi-State Commission.

Some of Charlie’s successful legislation includes establishment of a Drug Court for Franklin County, Betterment Loans for citizens financially unable to repair their septic systems, assurance of adequate water for private wells, reduced vehicle registration fees for handicapped-equipped vehicles, expanding the use of bio-mass materials for energy production, green jobs tax credits, alternative fuels refueling infrastructure, revocation of hospitality industry fees, local government procurement/sharing of technology, consolidation of water quality reporting, establishment of sexual offender registry data and granting an extension of time on behalf of consumers for the attorney general and the SCC to review utility rate increase requests.

Charlie carries a 100% rating by the Family Foundation, an A rating by the NRA, is endorsed by the Virginia Society for Human Life PAC , the Virginia Farm Bureau, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), and the Fraternal Order of Police. He is a member of the Air Force Association and he sits on the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Charlie is a member of Crafts United Methodist Church, where he sings in the choir and is chairman of the Board of Trustees. He and his wife, freelance editor and writer Janet Poindexter, have six adult children and ten grandchildren. They live at Smith Mountain Lake in Glade Hill near the original 1792 Poindexter homeplace.

Personal Information

  • Birth Year: 1942
  • Place of Birth: Roanoke, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Spouse: Janet
  • Children: six
  • Membership & Affiliation: Crafts United Methodist Church (Pastor Parish Relations, chairman)
    Franklin County Historical Society
    Air Force Association
    Farm Bureau
    W.E. Skelton 4-H Center (board of trustees)
  • Occupation/Profession: Farmer; IT Systems Engineer (retired)
  • Awards: Lynchburg College Distinguished Alumni (2011)

Education

Franklin County High School (1960)
Lynchburg College (B.S., Math, 1964)
George Washington University, Washington, DC (M.S.A., Management, 1973)

Political Career

Committees

Vice Chair: Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources

Counties Cities and Towns
Appropriations

Subcommittees

Chair: Appropriations – Compensation and Retirement Subcommittee

Chair: Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #1

Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #1
Appropriations – Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
Appropriations – General Government and Capital Outlay Subcommittee
Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #3

Other Appointments

Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
House Appropriations
House Counties Cities and Towns
New College Institute
Roanoke Higher Education Authority
Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, Virginia
Roanoke River Bi-State Commission, Virginia Delegation of the
Southern States Energy Board
Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Policy Positions

From campaign website

Jobs & The Economy

Undoubtedly, jobs and the economy are the most important issues during this campaign. Unemployment in some parts of Southern Virginia is almost 20 percent. As your Delegate, jobs will be my number one priority. I have a specific, five-point plan to put Southern Virginia working.

First, we must keep taxes low. Tax increases kill jobs and discourages investment.

Second, I will continue to work with Governor McDonnell to attract new jobs and encourage opportunities. Over the last two years, we have invested over $100 million in economic development. We must continue to make that investment in the future.

Third, we must reduce and eliminate unnecessary regulations. Unnecessary regulation burdens businesses and means job creators aren’t focused on growing their companies.

Fourth, we must invest in education and transportation. Our education system must produce students that can compete in the global economy. Our transportation system must encourage growth and economic movement.

Finally, we must develop Virginia’s energy resources. The high cost of energy hurts businesses and families. The cost of electricity, gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel and other energy must be reduced – but it must be reduced by developing our own energy resources. We should continue to explore for energy resources, focus on developing the resources we have and develop alternative energy.

All of these issues deserve significant attention, but at the moment these issues are framed in relation to creating jobs and moving our economy forward.

Taxes

I believe we should keep taxes low to encourage investment and growth. We don’t need to raise your taxes in order to pay for every little program and department that government thinks it needs.

You are the person that can best spend the money you own. When I go to Richmond, I will not raise your taxes.

Spending

Families all across the Commonwealth are tightening their belts. I believe government should to the same. In Virginia, we balance our budget every year and for the last two years, we have done that without raising your taxes.

When I go back to Richmond, I promise to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars as I always have been. We should fund appropriately the core services of government, without being frivolous or irresponsible.

Education

Our education system must be the best in the world. I believe we should empower local school boards, teachers and parents so they can best decide how to educate our children.

Bureaucrats in Richmond and Washington don’t know your children, and the don’t know how best to educate them.

I also believe we should continue to invest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mechanical (STEM) Education and Career & Technical Education. Our children should be skilled in trade and labor, so they can fulfill the jobs our communities need.

Electric Utilities

I believe we should stop unfair rate hikes. I have passed legislation that works toward this goal. I passed a bill that gives Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli more time to review rate increase requests. I also passed legislation that ended the interim rate hikes imposed by utility companies.

The real problem with electric utilities, however, is Washington. Barack Obama and the EPA are imposing crushing regulations on our utility companies. Eighty percent of the current proposed rate increases in our region are due to regulation from Washington. That’s not fair. And Washington should stop hurting families with their ridiculous regulations.

Health Care

I believe Virginia should have the best health care system in the world. We should work to ensure access to quality and affordable care for all Virginians. In Richmond, I have worked to improve our health care system with market-based reforms.

We cannot do it alone, however. The federal government is imposing unfunded mandates and requirements that are making it difficult for state governments to meet their obligations. In Richmond, we must tackle these challenges with common sense and an understanding about the issues.

Small Town, Rural Values

I am a conservative Christian who believes every life is precious. I am unapologetic about my pro-life position and I will fight to defend these values in Richmond.

I am also pro-gun. I am proud to be endorsed by the National Rifle Association and I believe that every individual should have the right to own and carry a firearm. I will defend your gun rights as your Delegate.

Your property rights are often under attack by government. I believe we should protect the rights of property owners.

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Sam Rasoul 1Sam Rasoul

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Sam Rasoul is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit healthcare firm helping with maternal child health in East Africa. Equipped with an understanding that leadership is a bold journey for justice, he organizes community leaders through The Impact Center; his initiative to develop & empower new age leaders.

Sam committed to decline any donations from special interest Political Action Committees and lobbyists in an effort to raise awareness of the control many powerful special interests have over the political system.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Sam Rasoul is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit healthcare firm helping with maternal child health in East Africa. Equipped with an understanding that leadership is a bold journey for justice, he organizes community leaders through The Impact Center; his initiative to develop & empower new age leaders.

Sam committed to decline any donations from special interest Political Action Committees and lobbyists in an effort to raise awareness of the control many powerful special interests have over the political system.

About

Sam Rasoul

Source: Campaign page

Sam Rasoul represents the Eleventh District in the Virginia House of Delegates. It is the honor of his lifetime to represent the Valley that raised him. Growing up he learned and worked at his parent’s corner store, a community hub. Through his experiences, he realized the value in listening, and neighbors helping neighbors. 

Sam lives in Roanoke with his wife Layaly and their three beautiful children. He is continually inspired by the innocence and wisdom of his children. After completing his Master’s Degree, he became a small business owner, and later the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit healthcare firm helping with maternal child health in East Africa. Equipped with an understanding that leadership is a bold journey for justice, he organizes community leaders through The Impact Center; his initiative to develop & empower new age leaders. Sam committed to decline any donations from special interest Political Action Committees and lobbyists in an effort to raise awareness of the control many powerful special interests have over the political system.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Healthcare consultant
  • Virginia Defense Force
    2007 to 2008

Education

  • MBA
    Hawaii Pacific University, HI
    2003
  • BA
    Roanoke College
    2002

Awards

The Roanoker Magazine, Platinum Award for “Government Person Who Gets It”
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Martin Luther King, Jr., Drum Major for Justice Award
Virginia Education Association, Solid as a Rock Award

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1981
  • Place of Birth: Warren, OH
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Other
  • Religion: Muslim
  • Spouse: Layaly
  • Children: Jennah, Amirah, Issa

Membership & Affiliation

Kiwanis of Roanoke
Williamson Road Business Association
Goodwill (board member)
Science Museum of Western Virginia (board member)
NAACP (lifetime member)
Junior Achievement
American National University (adjunct business professor)
Meals on Wheels
Education: Roanoke College (B.B.A., 2002)
Hawaii Pacific University, HI (M.B.A., 2003)

Occupation/Profession: Healthcare consultant
House Leadership: Minority Caucus Secretary (2015-)
Military Service: Virginia Defense Force (2007-08)
Awards: The Roanoker Magazine, Platinum Award for “Government Person Who Gets It”
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Martin Luther King, Jr., Drum Major for Justice Award
Virginia Education Association, Solid as a Rock Award

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Lillian Franklin
Administrative Assistant During Session: Polly Wall

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

District Office
1417 Peters Creek Road NW
Roanoke, Virginia 24017

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Rasoul first ran for elected office in 2008 when he challenged incumbent Republican Bob Goodlatte for Virginia’s 6th Congressional seat. Rasoul earned 36% to Goodlatte’s 61%.

Rasoul was elected in a special election held on January 7, 2014. The special election was held to fill the vacancy created by the resignation, in November 2013, of Delegate Onzlee Ware. After winning the Democratic primary by 44 votes, Rasoul received nearly 70% of the vote over his Republican opponent Octavia Johnson in the general election. He was inducted into office on January 8, 2014.

In September 2016 he initiated House Joint Resolution 541 to the Virginia House of Delegates, a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution for “top two open primaries” for various Virginia elections, in which candidates from opposing parties would run on one ballot.The top two candidates in the proposed public primaries would subsequently compete in traditional one-on-one runoffs in Virginia’s general elections.

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Sam Rasoul (D)10,26994.38%
Write In (Write-in)6115.62%
TOTAL10,880

2017 State DelegateArray

Sam Rasoul (D)15,66796.93%
Write In (Write-in)4963.07%
TOTAL16,163

Finances

RASOUL, SAM has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $478,335.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Delegation

Minority Caucus Secretary (2015-)

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Health, Welfare and Institutions

Subcommittees

Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #2
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #2
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #4

Appointments

Block Grants
House Health Welfare and Institutions
House Militia Police and Public Safety
House Privileges and Elections
Recreational Facilities Authority, Virginia
Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, Virginia
Roanoke River Bi-State Commission, Virginia Delegation of the
Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

SYSTEMIC ISSUES

No single issue happens in a vacuum. So often, we think in our silos to solve problems, but this only puts a bandaid on the issue. We must push ourselves to think about systemic issues as an intricate puzzle, with each problem a single piece interconnecting with another issue. It’s only when we look at the whole puzzle that we’ll be able to confront each individual problem.

Civil Rights

Women’s Rights

Women are crucial to driving innovation, growth, & prosperity in our country. Too many people face discrimination and we must take every opportunity to stand up and fight for equality. I support women’s right to choose, any measure to close the gender pay gap, & the Equal Rights Amendment.

Most Recent Bills > Equal Rights Amendment

LGBTQ & Minority Rights

We have made great gains recently, but the fight is not over. We must continue to make progress toward equal rights for all. I will advocate to preserve and expand protections and end harmful practices that disproportionately affect the LGBTQ & Minority communities.

Most Recent Bills > Fair Housing LawGrocery Fund

Democracy

Campaign Reform

I made a pledge to campaign free from special interest donations so that I can support, uplift, and show how powerful our grassroot networks are. While I was the first elected to take this pledge, VA is now covered in elected officials who have taken similar pledges.

Voter Access

It should not be difficult to exercise your right to vote. In order for your voice to be heard, I believe it is my duty to expand and make it easier to vote. This includes longer voting hours, and no – absentee voting.

Most Recent Bills > Vote By MailEarly Voting

Economy

Economic Development

To improve the economic well-being & quality of life for our VA communities we have to lay the groundwork for multilateral policies. We must recognize the role of early childhood education, criminal justice reform, neighborhood desegregation, and economic diversification has on our overall success.

Most Recent Bills > Green New Deal, Blockchain Tech.

Education

A quality education is the key to uplifting any person, or group. It is essential that we continue to improve our public school system from the bottom up, starting with pre-k and working up to higher education.

Most Recent Bills >Socio-Emot. Learning,Comm. Schools

Environment

Every person, community, and neighborhood deserves a healthy environment to raise a family. While pushing policies like the Green New Deal, we can also provide thousands of good paying jobs in clean energy.

Health Care

We must increase coverage, support small businesses, expand primary care, and lower premiums. Medicare for All is the next step toward addressing inequalities. In 2018, Medicaid Expansion passed allowing over 230,000 people to gain coverage here in Virginia.

Most Recent Bills >Medicaid Expansion

Safety

Gun Violence Prevention

There are nearly 13,000 gun homicides a year in the US. Marginalized and minority groups are regularly inflicted by this systemic issue and have been left powerless. To protect our vulnerable communities, VA must implement a comprehensive gun violence prevention plan

Most Recent Bills > Public Entities Protection
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Chris Hurst 1Chris Hurst

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

“I’ve dedicated my life to public service and giving a voice to the people of southwest Virginia.”
“My career in news was fulfilling but instead of asking questions, I became focused on finding solutions.”

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

“I’ve dedicated my life to public service and giving a voice to the people of southwest Virginia.”
“My career in news was fulfilling but instead of asking questions, I became focused on finding solutions.”

About

Chris Hurst

Source: Campaign page

I’ve dedicated my life to public service and giving a voice to the people of southwest Virginia. When I came here almost a decade ago as a reporter, I quickly identified with our shared values of strong families, strong faith and personal integrity. I fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains and the people living in small towns with big hearts.

As a journalist, I’ve been a fierce advocate for families struggling for access to mental health care and equality in education for students with special needs. I’ve investigated the reasons why our workforce must adapt for the careers of the future, documented the dramatic rise of child abuse and opioid addiction, and held government leaders accountable while showing how our first responders are left without vital resources.

However, I decided to leave journalism and run for office after recovering from a profound tragedy. In 2015, I was just beginning a new life with my late girlfriend, Alison Parker. Yet I found myself on a different path after Alison and Adam Ward’s murder on television shocked me and the country. My career in news was fulfilling but instead of asking questions, I became focused on finding solutions. Your continued prayers and support gave me the strength to move forward and be a courageous fighter for all Virginians.

As your delegate, I have continued to fight tirelessly to increase access to and resources for mental health care, voted to ensure gun safety laws are put in place, and have been an advocate for quality and affordable schools with adequately paid teachers. I have fought to bring jobs to the 12th District and protect our land and water from outside industries and pollution. Join me as I continue to courageously fight for all Virginians.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Journalist

Education

  • B.A., Broadcast Journalism
    Emerson College, MA
    2009

Awards

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Photograph by: Virginia League of Conservation Voters

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Media Person of the Year (2014)
NAACP, Roanoke Branch, Media Person of the Year (2015)
Edward R. Murrow Award (2016)
Legislative Leadership Award (2018)

  • (None)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1987
  • Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Presbyterian

Membership & Affiliation

Kiwanis of Montgomery County-Blacksburg

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Sadie Gary
Administrative Assistant During Session: Connie Mason

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1012

District Office
P.O. Box 11389
Blacksburg, VA 24062
Phone: (540) 739-2553

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Chris Hurst (born July 9, 1987) is an American journalist, former news anchor and politician of the Democratic Party serving as a Delegatein the Virginia House of Delegates for the state’s 12th district. He defeated Republican incumbent Joseph R. Yost in the November 2017 election,receiving 54.3% of the vote.

Hurst was formerly a journalist for Roanoke’s WDBJ; he became an anchor at 22, which the station said made him the youngest anchor in the country.He entered politics in the aftermath of the 2015 on-air murder of his girlfriend, Alison Parker. In February 2017 he left his job and lived on his savings in order to run for the House of Delegates in the 12th district. In the race, Hurst was endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety (the only House of Delegates candidate to receive the endorsement), while his opponent Yost had an A rating from the NRA. Hurst also ran on LGBT rights, education, mental health, and Medicaid expansion.

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Chris Hurst (D)11,13553.56%
T. Forrest Hite (R)9,64346.39%
Write In (Write-in)110.05%
TOTAL20,789

2017 State DelegateArray

Chris Hurst (D)12,49554.4%
Joseph Ryan Yost (R)10,45845.5%
Write In (Write-in)360.2%
TOTAL22,989

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

HURST, CHRIS L has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,252,791

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Education

Subcommittees

Education – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

House Education
House Science & Technology
Interstate 81 Commission
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

Attracting Jobs to the NRV

With Southwest Virginia’s largest economic engine and one of the world’s leaders in innovation sitting in our backyard, we are in a very unique position to attract more good-paying jobs to the 12th District. As we continue to attract the nation’s brightest minds, our local and state governments need to do all they can to keep that talent right here in the New River Valley. That means creating opportunities for small businesses and innovations while evaluating regulations that can deter growth. As your Delegate, this is my number one priority.

Access to Broadband

There are many parts of the district where access to broadband internet is limited or nonexistent. In our digital world, the Commonwealth is doing all of us a disservice by not investing in the infrastructure and technology to bring broadband access to rural communities. By partnering with new businesses who are doing this great work day in and day out, I hope we can finally solve this problem for Southwest Virginia.

Education

Overhaul Outdated Funding Formulas

For years, legislators in Richmond have tweaked the funding formulas for our public schools with disastrous results. Students across the Commonwealth lose out on $800 million every year. I am working towards restoring pre K-12 funding to at least pre-recession levels. I have been able to partially restore At-Risk Add-On funding, which will help schools better serve at-risk students in our community.  Virginia must also change the funding formula so that school divisions with declining enrollment like Giles and Pulaski won’t lose out on needed resources from the state.

Attract The Best Teachers To Our Schools

Virginia is ranked 29th in the country in average teacher pay. That’s unacceptable. Teachers in Virginia earn, on average, about $7,000 less than other educators around the country. But it’s worse in the 12th District; teachers in Giles County make about $10,000 less than just the state average. I’ve consistently voted to increase teacher salaries each year I’ve been in the General Assembly.

Reduce the Burden of Standardized Testing

Virginia has improved the way our teachers, schools, and students are evaluated but there is still more work to be done. Study after study has shown that Virginia’s method of testing our students is inadequate. As your Delegate, I am fighting to give freedom back to school divisions while still ensuring success for all students.

College Affordability

The costs students face to attend college is constantly rising.  From tuition to room and board, to course supplies, I am fighting to keep college affordable. Which is why I introduced HB 2380, which requires that institutions of higher education include in the online course catalogue or online registration system information about which courses use exclusively low­ or no-­cost educational materials. In addition, I have helped ensure state funds will be used to freeze tuition rates for the next year, providing an average savings of 45% to students and families.

Environment

Protecting Our Natural Resources

For generations, families in the New River Valley have respected and protected their land. From the pristine waters of Wolf Creek to the untouched natural beauty of Pearis Mountain, our land is our most valuable resource. We must resist any threat to our rivers, streams, and forests. I introduced HB 2112, which curtails the ability of natural gas companies to enter private property to conduct surveys without landowner consent. I stand proudly with landowners in their fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline and, as your delegate, have championed these efforts by supporting stop-work orders when our water and soil is in danger of contamination.

Transforming Our Energy Sources

For too long, our representatives in Richmond have stalled the transformation of how we power our homes and businesses. By removing restrictions on how Virginians get our energy, we can bring more investments in renewable sources like wind, solar and geothermal. We must increase diversity and competition in our energy mix to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and lower utility bills.

Health Care

Expand Medicaid

I said I would fight to expand Medicaid because it made moral and economic sense, and we did. In 2018, Virginia finally passed Medicaid expansion which is bringing $12.2 million in new spending and over 2000 jobs to the 12th district. Most importantly, thousands of our neighbors have access to healthcare for the first time.

Women’s Healthcare

I am a journalist, not a doctor. Any decisions regarding women and their health care need to be made by the woman, in consultation with her family if she chooses, and her doctor. These decisions shouldn’t be made by lawmakers in Richmond.

Fight the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is a battle that’s become all too familiar for our District, with too many lives already lost. We must expand access to life-saving treatment options and medications. We have to change the stigma around substance-use disorders and address the crisis as an illness, not just a series of poor choices.

Mental Health

Expanding Medicaid would directly impact and increase access to mental healthcare in Virginia. In addition, we need to give our police officers, sheriff’s deputies, fire departments and rescue squads the training and resources they need to handle mental health crises. Rural communities like ours face especially tough circumstances. Individuals in crisis are often transferred to treatment centers on the opposite side of the Commonwealth on their own dime. We must fundamentally change the way we view and treat mental illness. Virginia has to address the lack of rural mental health care providers and reinvest in support for our state hospitals.

Reduce Gun Violence

We must change the way we address the thousands of Virginians who die each year by bullets from guns. I think we do that by realizing this is a public health crisis: more people in the commonwealth die from gun violence than in car crashes. My focus remains on those most susceptible to homicide and suicide from firearms. I will work to protect men and women of color in cities from dying on the streets, to help women find safety after taking the courageous move to leave a dangerous relationship and to encourage parents to make sure children don’t have unsupervised access to a gun. As someone who has been personally touched by this issue, I will take the same objective, pragmatic approach to investigate solutions as I had when I worked as a journalist.

Infrastructure

Access to Broadband

There are many parts of the district where access to broadband internet is limited or nonexistent. In our digital world, the Commonwealth is doing all of us a disservice by not investing in the infrastructure and technology to bring broadband access to rural communities. By partnering with new businesses who are doing this great work day in and day out, I hope we can finally solve this problem for Southwest Virginia.

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Forrest HiteForrest Hite

Current Position: Data Resource Administrator
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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Summary

Current Position: Data Resource Administrator
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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About

Source: Campaign page

The 12th House of Delegates District is home to some of the most vibrant communities in Virginia, and we need leaders in Richmond who are committed to ensuring that we provide as many opportunities for the New River Valley as possible – that is why Forrest Hite is running to serve as YOUR Delegate.

Forrest was born into a military family – going all across our great country before settling in Radford. He and his wife, Tatiana, continue to reside in Radford and plan on raising their family right here in the NRV.

Forrest is a data resource administrator for a non-profit in Radford, and Tatiana is a Radford University law enforcement officer and continuing her education there.

Forrest is a firm believer in our public school and higher education system. Living in Radford for almost a decade, his priorities to foster more opportunity here in the NRV include increased resources for education, smart economic development, low taxes, and commonsense values. With a robust K-12 education system, two of the Commonwealth’s best universities, and a growing tech industry, the 12th District can continue to be an economic powerhouse in Southwest Virginia and the entire state – we just need policies in Richmond to unleash those possibilities.

Forrest is excited about meeting with voters in every corner of the 12th District, and would be honored to earn your vote on Tuesday, November 5th.

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
PO Box 3211

Radford, VA 24143

Web

Facebook, Twitter

Issues

Governance

Common-Sense Values

In a time of political upheaval in Richmond, we need leaders who are willing to bring common sense back to our capital. As your Delegate, Forrest will stand up for values that will make the residents of the New River Valley proud.

Economy

From our Main Streets to our industrial parks – and everywhere in between – Forrest is committed to supporting policies that keep taxes low and foster a healthy business climate to create jobs right here in the 12th District. We should expand programs in career and technical education – as Forrest believes the key to the longevity of our region is connecting our current education framework to economic development opportunities.

Education

Forrest is committed to fighting for more funding for our public schools, creating opportunities for more access to a quality education, and strengthening our colleges and universities. Forrest will support policies that allow our children in the 12th District not to just graduate from high school and college here, but also to plant their families here – just as he has done – and thrive right here in the New River Valley.

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Danny Marshall 1Danny Marshall

Current Position: State Delegate since 2002
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Danville City Council from 2000 – 2001

Danny Marshall is working for Jobs,  Economic Development, A Strong Region and a Strong Virginia.

Danny is the past president of Marshall Concrete Products, a family business that was in our area for more than 40 years and provided 180+ jobs for our region.  He is a former member of the Danville City Council, and Danny has served as president of the Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. He has served on numerous area development boards and commissions, including the Dan River Region Vision Committee.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2002
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Danville City Council from 2000 – 2001

Danny Marshall is working for Jobs,  Economic Development, A Strong Region and a Strong Virginia.

Danny is the past president of Marshall Concrete Products, a family business that was in our area for more than 40 years and provided 180+ jobs for our region.  He is a former member of the Danville City Council, and Danny has served as president of the Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. He has served on numerous area development boards and commissions, including the Dan River Region Vision Committee.

About

Danny Marshall

Source: Campaign page

Working for Jobs,  Economic Development, A Strong Region and a Strong Virginia

Experience and Knowledge of Business Bring Leadership Roles

House of Delegates Appointments:

  •  Commerce and Labor CommitteeChair of Workers Compensation Subcommittee

Directly involved in laws that make Virginia business-friendly

  •  Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources: Chair of Full Committee

Agriculture and Forestry is the second largest industry in Virginia and the largest industry in Pittsylvania County;  economic foundation for our area.

  •  Counties, Cities and Towns:

 Directly affects the laws for local governments as they relate to the state, as well as housing and real estate issues.

 

Positioned to Be Effective

Appointed to Legislative Commissions that Are All About Jobs:

  • Governor’s Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission
  • Tobacco Commission: Chair Special Projects; Member R&D, Southside Economic    Development and the Executive Committee
  • Manufacturing Development Commission; Founding member
  • Virginia Housing Commission: Chairman;  Chair of Affordability, Real Estate Law and Mortgage Subcommittee; Works to make home ownership more affordable
  • Virginia Small Business Commission: Vice-chair; To study, report, and make recommendations on issues of concern to small businesses in the Commonwealth
  • Governor’s Rural Jobs Council and Education-Workforce Subcommittee (2012 appointment)
  • Virginia Workforce Council: Assist Governor in meeting workforce training needs in the Commonwealth

 

Direct Dollars to Our Area

  • Tobacco Commission: Millions of  NON-tax dollars to help establish new businesses and expand existing businesses in Southside
  • Budget Amendments: 2013 Secured money in Governor’s Budget for Danville Community College Precision Tool training expansion: workforce training
  • Budget Amendment: 2013 Secured money to complete Danville Science Museum Digital Dome Theatre: educational training and regional asset

 

Special Recognitions

  • Honored in February 2007 by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia: named the “Legislator of the Year” for the House of Delegates.
  • Received “A” ratings yearly by the Family Foundation for voting “family values” on bills coming before the General Assembly
  • Received “A” ratings or endorsements:

 Virginia Chamber of Commerce

 National Federation of Independent Businesses

 NRA (National Rifle Association)

 Virginia Farm Bureau

  • 2011 Service to Mankind Award –Danville SERTOMA
  • 2013 Virginia Chamber of Commerce Highest Award : “Champion of Free Enterprise” for pro-jobs and pro-economic development votes

 

Meet Danny

A native of Pittsylvania County, Danny Marshall graduated from George Washington High School and attended Danville Community and Averett Colleges. Danny is the past president of Marshall Concrete Products, a family business that was in our area for more than 40 years and provided 180+ jobs for our region.

Danny Marshall is also a former professional racecar driver who finished 3rd at the 24 Hours of Daytona race in both 1999 and 2000. He is a former member of the Danville City Council, and Danny has served as president of the Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. He has served on numerous area development boards and commissions, including the Dan River Region Vision Committee.

Danny Marshall also served on Danville’s Industrial Development Authority, the Danville Area Development Foundation, the Dan River Region Economic Development Task Force, the Southern Virginia Economic Development Board, and the Pittsylvania Economic Development Organization. He is a past board member of the following: Danville Chamber of Commerce, Danville Arts and Humanities, and Danville Life Saving Crew. He is past president of the Virginia Concrete Masonry Association, Virginia Masonry Council, and the National Concrete Masonry Association.

Danny and his wife, Kaye, have been married for more than 40 years. Their daughter and son-in-law have twice made the Marshalls grandparents.

 

VITAL STATISTICS

Born: January 20, 1952 in Danville, VA

Wife of 40+ Years: Kaye Hardy Marshall
Parents: Webster & Elizabeth Marshall (Retired)
Daughter: Jessica Marshall Younginer
Son in law: Jeff Younginer
In laws: Jessie & Geraldine Hardy- (Retired)

EDUCATION
Dan River Elementary (Grades 1-8); George Washington HS (Grades 9-12)
(Graduated 1970)

Danville Community College 2 years

Averett University

WORK
High School — Janitor at Riverside Building Supply
High School — 2nd shift Dan River Inc #5

Marshall Concrete Products — Started in 1971 as full time ready mix truck driver;
President in 1990; employ 180+ people in 8 locations in Central and South West Virginia Community

Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce — Board member 9 years — President in 1995
Danville Chamber of Commerce- 1993-1996
Southern Piedmont Technology Council – Present
Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce – Present
Danville Life Saving Crew Board- 1989-91
Pittsylvania Economic Development Organization-1996-2000
Southern Virginia Economic Development Partnership-1996-2000
Dan River Region Task Force- 1995-2000
Dan River Region Economic Development Task Force- 1995-2000
Danville Industrial Authority 1995-2000
Danville Area Development Foundation 1995-Present
Elected to Danville City Council 2000

MOTORSPORTS
Started racing motorcycles in 1972
Started racing cars in 1985
Started racing pro class in 1998
24 Hours of Daytona 1994-01, 06, finished 3rd 1999 & 00,
6 Hours Watkins Glenn- 1995-2000
12 Hours Sebring 1995-1999
1998- 2nd place in points GT 3- USRRC
2000- Lime Rock 2nd in class,
Daytona July race — 2nd in class
2001 Homestead 2nd in class

Experience

Work Experience

  • Past president
    Marshall Concrete Products

Education


  • Averett University

  • Danville Community College

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1952
  • Place of Birth: Danville, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: D. Kaye Hardy
  • Children: Jessica Elizabeth Marshall Younginer

Membership & Affiliation

West Main Baptist Church
Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce (former president)
Pittsylvania Economic Development Organization (former board member)
Dan River Region Vision (former board member)
National Concrete Masonry Association (former chairman)
Virginia Concrete Masonry Association (former chairman)
Virginia Masonry Council (former chairman)
Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
Martinsville Henry County Chamber of Commerce
New College Institute (board of directors)
Tobacco Commission
Manufacturing Development Commission
Virginia Housing Commission
Virginia Small Business Commission
Virginia Workforce Council
Public-Private Partnership Advisory Commission
House of Delegates Cost Reduction Teams (Fleet Management chairman)
Governor’s Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Mary K. Franklin
Administrative Assistant During Session: Shirley Fox District

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1014

District Office
P.O. Box 439
Danville, VA 24543
Office:
Phone: (434) 797-5861

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Danny Marshall (R)12,13961.25%
Eric W. Stamps (D)7,65438.62%
Write In (Write-in)250.13%
TOTAL19,818

2017 State DelegateArray

Danny Marshall (R)15,50596.8%
Write In (Write-in)5073.2%
TOTAL16,012

Finances

MARSHALL III, DANNY W has run in 9 races for public office, winning 9 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,649,540.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Chair: Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Counties Cities and Towns
Commerce and Labor
Rules

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #2
Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #3
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #2
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #3
Rules – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Eric Stamps 2Eric Stamps

Current Position: Founder, Indivisible Southside
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Founder, Indivisible Southside
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Eric Wayne Stamps is the Democratic nominee for Virginia’s House of Delegates, 14th district.

Born and raised in Danville, VA, Eric graduated from George Washington High School. A gifted athlete, he played baseball, basketball, soccer, and ran cross country, as well as coaching soccer within the local community. When he attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, he continued to volunteer as a soccer coach for children. He also created and coached an intramural soccer team at the University.

It was during his time at the University that Eric developed Spasmodic Dysphonia, a disorder affecting the voice muscles.  Despite being told he could not speak as part of his treatment, Eric learned to navigate the health care system. He discovered, even without a voice, that his need to advocate for others who needed health care was key to recovery.

After graduating with a degree in Web Design and New Media, Eric returned to Danville with a new voice and a calling to help his hometown. He continued his education and received his Master’s Degree in Media Design from Full Sail University. Although he worked in print shops after graduating, Eric spent most of his time volunteering for numerous political campaigns, including most recently Leslie Cockburn and Jennifer Lewis. He founded Indivisible Southside to focus on voter registration and engagement, and managed Dr. Gary Miller’s successful campaign for City Council.

Eric is a member of Virginia Organizing, Peoples Action Virginia, The Pittsylvania County NAACP, and The Dan River Blair’s Civic League.  He is the proud son of Wayne Stamps, a Food Service Manager and Linda Stamps, a Caretaker. Eric and Shonta are the proud parents of Liam and Autumn.

Experience

Volunteer Experience

Leslie Cockburn Political Campaign volunteer

Jennifer Lewis Political Campaign volunteer

Children’s Soccer Coach

Intramural Soccer Coach at the Academy of Art University – San Francisco 

 

    Personal

    Membership & Affiliation

    Member of Virginia Organizing

    Member of Peoples Action Virginia

    Member of The Pittsylvania County NAACP

    Member of The Dan River Blair’s Civic League

    Contact

    Email:

    Offices

    Eric Stamps For Virginia
    PO Box 104
    Ringgold VA, 24586

    Issues

    Civil Rights

    Equal Rights for Women

    “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

    Virginia needs to Ratify the ERA NOW.ALL WOMEN deserve the same basic human rights that men get under the law. 

    Criminal Justice Reform

    So many are arrested and charged with non violent drug offenses. So many are stuck in the system due to their economic situation. So many still struggle to regain the right to vote after they have paid their debt to society.

    As delegate, I will lead the effort to legalize marijuana and regulate like alcohol. Also, I will make sure that every arrest, charge, and conviction for non violent drug offenses are removed from peoples records. I will sponsor legislation to allow inmates to vote while incarcerated. Also, I lead the effort for an constitutional amendment ensuring that the right to vote can not be taken away.

    Protect LGBTQIA Rights

    The LGBTQIA community still faces legal discrimination when it comes to housing,  the workplace, our criminal justice, and healthcare systems. We must ensure that people are protected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.Employers and landlords should not be able to discriminate. Those in our criminal justice system should be treated with dignity and not placed in dangerous situations based on gender identity.

    Democracy

    Voter Rights

    Put the Right to Vote in the Virginia Consitution, Rights Restoration & Early Voting

    In Virginia, like in the rest of the nation, the people do not have the fundamental right to vote. It’s time to elect politicians who understand that voting is a basic human right that should not be restricted or taken away.  People should be able to vote early without giving an excuse. Early voting will allow more people, especially working people to be able to participate in our democracy. We need same-day voter registration and automatic registration for when teenagers turn 18.

    Economy

    Minimum Wage

    The cost of goods and services continue to rise as wages remain stagnant for workers. The minimum wage is not a “starter wage” as it’s opponents like to characterize it as. It is a poverty wage which keeps too many workers having to work multiple jobs just to survive. Often times having to rely on high-interest payday loans to make ends meet. Workers should be able to make enough at one full-time job to survive and the state of Virginia should not make it impossible for localities to raise their minimum wages.

    I hear from people in all political parties and economic statuses that we need a minimum wage of no less than $10 per hour. I believe that we need a living wage of at least $15 per hour and will fight to make this a reality. Whether the minimum wage is $10, $12, or $15 it will make a major difference in the lives of low wage workers. No one can survive on $7.25. Voting for Eric Stamps in November is a vote to raise the minimum wage

    Public Banking

    Public Banking takes our money out of the hands of wall street bankers and keeps it in our communities. Right now, the state and local governments in Virginia have our money in private banks like Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Chase. This means that we’re giving these banks large amounts of the publics money for loans and fees. With public banking, this will no longer be the case. Instead of letting banks that caused the financial crisis to oversee our money it will be kept safely in a publicly-owned bank. Not only will this save taxpayer dollars but it will make it easier to fund our schools and infrastructure projects with the savings. It will allow people to have access to a bank that will not charge them outrageous account fees or interest for small loans. It’s the fiscally responsible and moral thing to do.

    Education

    K-12 Education

    Through my many conversations with teachers around the state having to have a second job is all too common for teachers. You’d think that we’d pay the people that are educating future generations enough to not have to worry about having second job just to make ends meet. Lack of resources and support from the local and state level cause teachers to have to furnish their classrooms with their own money. Money which is becoming harder and harder to come across.
    Education funding is still 9% behind pre-recession levels in Virginia. The unemployment rate is below 4% but education funding lags behind economic growth. This causes school boards to make extreme decisions every single year. Cutting staff, cutting youth sports, cutting art classes, & closing schools. All of this on top of more school closures because school systems can’t afford to operate at current levels. 40 students per classroom shouldn’t be the new normal in Virginia or anywhere in this country. Where’s all this education lottery money going? Seems like the bigger the jackpots get the bigger school systems deficits become.

    Increased class sizes and crumbling schools affect the poor, black, and brown people the most. This unnecessary stress at school creates a need for more counselors for students. Unfortunately, a lack of counselors increases the number of students one counselor has to be responsible for. In Virginia, it’s 425 students per counselor making quality advisement nearly impossible. The Governor has proposed that teacher pay be increased by 5%. On top that a proposal to hire more school counselors and to at least restore K-12 funding to pre 2008 recession levels.It’s up to the Republican-controlled General Assembly to pass this budget. Given that they have voted down an increase in the minimum wage and equal rights for women, education funding increases may not go far. Which is one of many reasons why they have to be voted out in 2019.

    Of course, we can always go further. How about a minimum salary for teachers starting at $50,000 to improve retention rates and spark more interest in the profession. How about instead of giving Amazon $2 Billion dollars and 30 years of tax incentives we put that money towards upgrading schools instead. How about we fund all schools equally so the richest and poorest children receive the same high-quality education. This is all a matter of political will to invest in what’s most important. We can’t continue to have unequal education in regards to pay and funding. Enough is enough with always putting the education of our children on the chopping block while politicians continue to put wealthy corporations above school systems. Teachers have every right to strike for better working conditions and it’s up to us to join them in order to finally make change happen for them and our children.

    Environment

    Green New Deal

    The Green New Deal puts the U.S. on the fast-track to becoming a society that is run 100% on clean renewable energy. Not only will it create millions of good paying jobs across the country but it will save the planet as well. The United Nations says that we have 12 years to make dramatic cuts in our carbon emission or it will be too late. The planet gets hotter every year and storms are more powerful every year. We can’t continue to ignore global warming and the dangerous effects climate change has on our planet.

    Clean Renewable Energy is a critical need for the people and planet. I’m a huge supporter of more locally sourced renewable energy which will lower cost for business and customers as well as cut our carbon footprint. We should be putting solar panels on every public building. Provide more tax credits for homeowners and businesses to go green with wind and solar. We should invest in methane gas converter machines that can turn gas released from trash and waste into electricity. This is the way forward..

    Health Care

    Health Care

    Nearly 200,000 people in Virginia still do not have the healthcare that they need, even though they qualify for it.
    • As a delegate, I will push for automatic enrollment into the Medicaid Expansion program.
    • I will push for more funding for EMS programs around the state.
    • I will also push for a “Medicaid Buy-In” so that people can buy into the program.
    • I will fight for more oversight of all healthcare facilities in our state to ensure that the highest quality care is being provided.

    Marijuana and Hemp

    It’s time to legalize marijuana for adult use and regulate it like alcohol. The War on Drugs has done major damage to generations of black, brown, and poor white people. This clogs up our legal system and cost taxpayers billions of dollars due to mass incarceration of non-violent drug offenders.

    I support the expungement of all records of people arrested, charged, and convicted of marijuana possession and small quantity distribution. Just legalizing “industrial hemp” isn’t enough.

    Our hemp farmers need more protection than what they currently have. It’s a huge gamble for them to jump into the hemp industry because of strict testing standards and no crop insurance. We’re in an experimental phase, and overregulation should not hamper their progress. Cannabis is a cash crop, and it’s time for Virginia to catch up with other states who have ended the prohibition on marijuana. 

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