Nick Freitas

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative for US House District 7

“I am first and foremost a Christian. My dedication to the belief that we all have inherent value and are entitled to liberty and equality before the law is rooted in this worldview. Principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, respect for God and limited, constitutional government are not merely convenient political concepts, but essentials which are fundamental to our liberty, prosperity and security.” – Nick Freitas

Mike Webert

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

John Avoli

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

John Avoli’s political career started in 1990 when John ran for Staunton City Council. He served on the council for 16 years, including 14 as Staunton’s mayor.

John worked collaboratively during that time to improve life in Staunton. He worked with “great teams” of council members, city staff and numerous boards and commissions. The record of accomplishment is well-documented. Here are a few highlights of  John’s work on council in Staunton:

Chris Runion

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Chris Runion, as a business owner with an accounting background, Chris Runion is uniquely qualified to go to Richmond and try to bring some fiscal sanity to the mess that Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration is making. The Democrats in Richmond go from one fiscal issue to the next with one solution: Let’s raise taxes.

Chris will be a delegate that is faithful, honest, transparent and accountable to the citizens of the 25th District, standing firm for our God-given rights, the right to life and our Second Amendment rights.

Tony Wilt

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Joshua Cole

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Josh has served the state by acting as the Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, fighting for the people by working alongside Delegate Convirs-Fowler on issues important to all Virginians, like fair housing.

Simultaneously, Josh serves on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, as the President of the Stafford County NAACP and participates with numerous other local and community initiatives.

Todd Gilbert

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

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

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

Robert Orrock

Current Position: State Delegate since 1990
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

John McGuire

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Sally Hudson

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Rob Bell

Current Position: State Delegate since 2002
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Matthew Fariss

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Mark Cole

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

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

Nick Freitas 1Nick Freitas

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative for US House District 7

“I am first and foremost a Christian. My dedication to the belief that we all have inherent value and are entitled to liberty and equality before the law is rooted in this worldview. Principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, respect for God and limited, constitutional government are not merely convenient political concepts, but essentials which are fundamental to our liberty, prosperity and security.” – Nick Freitas

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative for US House District 7

“I am first and foremost a Christian. My dedication to the belief that we all have inherent value and are entitled to liberty and equality before the law is rooted in this worldview. Principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, respect for God and limited, constitutional government are not merely convenient political concepts, but essentials which are fundamental to our liberty, prosperity and security.” – Nick Freitas

About

Source: Campaign page

Nick Freitas has been married to his high school sweet heart and wife Tina Freitas since 1999. They have 3 children, Lillyana, Luke and Alexandria. Nick and Tina have both been dedicated to conservative principles and actively worked on behalf of the Republican Party since High School. Nick’s mother was a President of a Republican Women’s organization, and Nick was walking precincts for our Republican candidates since he was 15.

Immediately following high school Nick joined the Army and served with the 82nd Airborne Division and 25th Light Infantry Division as an Infantryman. After September 11th Nick volunteered for US Army Special Forces (Green Berets) and eventually served 2 tours in Iraq as a Special Forces Weapons SGT and Special Forces Intelligence SGT. Even during that time Nick actively worked on behalf of conservative principles and the Republican Party by writing and advocating for Republican candidates.

Honorably discharged in 2009, Nick moved his family to Virginia where he began working as an instructor and Program Manager. Within 3 years Nick rose to become the Director of Operations for a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Company providing direct support to our service men and women conducting counter insurgency and counter IED operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. During that same time Nick moved to Culpeper and immediately became involved with the local Republican unit.

 

Nick was asked by then Virginia Senate candidate Bryce Reeves to lead his grass roots operations in Culpeper. Bryce Reeves went on to defeat a 28 year Democrat incumbent, with a Republican Senate candidate carrying Culpeper for the first time since it was included in the 17th Senate district. Nick went on to become the precinct coordinator for Culpeper, developing a grass roots strategy and organization that would set records in the county for volunteer hours and Republican voter turnout. Nick was unanimously elected to be the Culpeper County Republican Committee Chairman in 2014. Nick’s wife Tina served as the President of the Founding Fathers Republican Women’s club in Culpeper and his daughter Lilly was awarded the Youth Volunteer award for making over 1200 phone calls in support of our Republican candidates in 2012.

After 11 years in the Army and living in multiple places around the country the Freitas family is very happy to call Culpeper home.

“I am first and foremost a Christian. My dedication to the belief that we all have inherent value and are entitled to liberty and equality before the law is rooted in this worldview. Principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, respect for God and limited, constitutional government are not merely convenient political concepts, but essentials which are fundamental to our liberty, prosperity and security.” – Nick Freitas

Experience

Work Experience

  • Independent Consultant
  • US Military
    1998 to 2009

    82nd ABN, 1998-2001; 25th Infantry Division, 2001-03; 1st Special Forces Group, 2004-09)

Education

  • B.S., Intelligence Management
    Henley Putnam University, CA

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1979
  • Place of Birth: Chico, CA
  • Gender: Male
  • Religion: Protestant
  • Spouse: Tina Marie Pierce
  • Children: Lillyana, Luke, and Alexandria

Membership & Affiliation

Mountain View Church, Culpeper
VFW Post 2524
American Legion Post 330
Special Forces Association, Chapter 90
Heritage Foundation
NRA (life member)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Gina Missimo-Staufenberg and Christian Heiens
Administrative Assistant During Session: Brenda Short

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1030

District Office
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Office: (804) 698-1030
Email Address:DelNFreitas@house.virginia.gov
Room Number: E421 Map It
Legislative Assistant: Gina Missimo-Staufenberg and Christian Heiens
Administrative Assistant During Session: Brenda Short
District Office
P.O. Box 693
Culpeper, VA 22701

Phone: (540) 222-7706

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Freitas became the chairman of the Culpeper County Republican Committee in 2010. In 2015, Freitas ran for the Virginia House of Delegates for the 30th district, then held by Republican Ed Scott. After Scott announced his retirement, Freitas was unopposed in both the Republican primary and the general election, and took office in January 2016. He ran for re-election in 2017 and won with 62% of the vote over Democrat Ben Hixon.

Freitas currently serves on the Militia, Police, and Public Safety; Finance; and Science and Technology committees.

Freitas sought the Republican nomination for the 2018 Senate election in Virginia. He was endorsed by Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee.  On June 12, Freitas narrowly lost the Republican nomination by 1.7% to Prince William County Supervisor Corey Stewart.

In a speech given in March 2018 on the floor of the House of Delegates, Freitas voiced opposition to further gun control proposals following the Parkland, Florida school shooting. The speech drew over 11 million views on Freitas’ Facebook page.

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Nick Freitas (R)14,69456.22%
Ann F. Ridgeway (D)11,01142.13%
Write In (Write-in)4321.65%
TOTAL26,137

2017 State Delegate

Nick Freitas (R)15,35562.14%
Samuel Benjamin Hixon (D)9,33337.77%
Write In (Write-in)220.08%
TOTAL24,710

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

FREITAS, NICHOLAS J (NICK) has run in 3 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $707,548.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Finance

Subcommittees

Finance – Subcommittee #1
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #1

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Limited, Constitutional Government

The Virginia and US Constitutions are not a list of suggestions, but a contract between the people and their government. Representatives must actively demonstrate their support for these documents by using originalism to faithfully interpret its text. The Constitution is the law which governs government and those representatives who refuse to understand this important limitation on their power are failing in their most sacred duty to the Constitution, their constituents and all of the men and women who have fought to preserve it.

Fiscal Responsibility

Government must always remember that it is spending the hard earned money of the people it is supposed to serve. TransparencyFrugalityand Constitutionality must be the hallmarks of government budgeting and fiscal management. Taxes should be collected fairly and equitably and should only be expended on LEGITIMATE functions of government. When the government experiences a shortfall, their first instinct should be to cut spending on non essential services, NOT to raise taxes. The government must always operate based on a balanced budget.

Civil Rights

Economic Liberty & Private Property

Genuine freedom is more than simply voting. In fact, without economic freedom, elections are little more than a chance for the people to select those who will be taking their property. People should be free to make important economic decisions for themselves free from intrusive and over bearing government. This means supporting low taxesopposing onerous regulations, protecting private property rights and at all times fighting cronyism, which seeks to make business beholden to politicians and bureaucrats rather than their customers.

Virginia Families

The individual and families are the building block of society, not government. The best way that state government can support Virginia families is by providing a safe and secure environment for parents to raise and educate their children. This includes fighting back against federal encroachment and defending life. A government which does not respect the sanctity of human life, is not a government which can be depended upon to protect your rights and property. That is why I am adamantly pro life and will not only fight legislation to reduce restrictions on unsafe abortion clinics, but will actively encourage, advance and patron legislation which recognizes governments legitimate interest in advancing the ethic that All Lives really do Matter!

Second Amendment Rights

Defending our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms is essential. The second amendment is not about hunting or target shooting. It was borne out of our Founders understanding that inherent to individual liberty is the right to protect ones person and property. Restrictions on our right to keep and bear arms is a direct violation of both the letter and the spirit of the law and must be opposed. While I share the concerns expressed by some about firearms falling into the wrong hands, it cannot be overstated that restricting the ability of law abiding people to protect themselves and their families because of the criminal actions of some, is not only inappropriate but completely counter productive to a free and safe society. I will be a staunch advocate of our Second Amendment rights. 

Democracy

Economy

Economic Liberty & Private Property

Education

Educational Freedom

A quality and relevant education is essential to our Commonwealths security and prosperity. Unfortunately many young people are denied a quality education due to the monopolistic practices of the government. Parents need greater freedom in determining their children’s educational needs. Teachers need more time and flexibility to educate rather than trying to constantly prepare children for their next standardized test, and we must keep Common Core OUT of Virginia education.

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Mike Webert 1Mike Webert

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

About

Mike Webert

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Farmer

Education

  • B.A., Communication
    George Mason University
    2010

Awards

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

Personal

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

Membership & Affiliation

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

Contact

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

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

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

2017 State DelegateArray

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

2015 State DelegateArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

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

Subcommittees

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

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Reducing Taxes

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

Civil Rights

Protecting the Unborn

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

Defending the 2nd Amendment

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

Economy

Supporting Small Business Development

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

Regulatory Reform

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

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John AvoliJohn Avoli

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

John Avoli’s political career started in 1990 when John ran for Staunton City Council. He served on the council for 16 years, including 14 as Staunton’s mayor.

John worked collaboratively during that time to improve life in Staunton. He worked with “great teams” of council members, city staff and numerous boards and commissions. The record of accomplishment is well-documented. Here are a few highlights of  John’s work on council in Staunton:

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

John Avoli’s political career started in 1990 when John ran for Staunton City Council. He served on the council for 16 years, including 14 as Staunton’s mayor.

John worked collaboratively during that time to improve life in Staunton. He worked with “great teams” of council members, city staff and numerous boards and commissions. The record of accomplishment is well-documented. Here are a few highlights of  John’s work on council in Staunton:

About

John Avoli 1John Avoli’s life story symbolizes the American Dream. Born in a mountain top village in Italy, he came to the United States at age 10, settling with his family in the small West Virginia steel mill town of Weirton.

He graduated from Madonna High School, and earned a scholarship to play football and study at the University of Richmond. After his 1974 graduation from Richmond, John began a long career in public education by becoming a teacher and football and track coach at Wilson Memorial High School in Fishersville.

He earned a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Virginia in 1979, and was appointed the assistant principal of Valley Vocational Technical Center in Fishersville the same year. After four years of helping run Valley Vo-Tech and serving students in Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County, John was named principal of Stuarts Draft High School in 1983.

John returned to Valley Vo-Tech in 1987 as principal. He held that position until 2001. That is when John became executive director of the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. He held that position until his 2017 retirement.

John said his career as an educator offered the opportunity to positively influence the lives of young people. He is “in his glory” when he encounters former students who are raising their families, serving as volunteers and being productive members of the community.

His political career started in 1990 when John ran for Staunton City Council. He served on the council for 16 years, including 14 as Staunton’s mayor.

John worked collaboratively during that time to improve life in Staunton. He worked with “great teams” of council members, city staff and numerous boards and commissions. The record of accomplishment is well-documented. Here are a few highlights of  John’s work on council in Staunton:

EDUCATION – The renovation of the middle school and elementary schools in Staunton, and a new and expanded city library.

RECREATION – Gypsy Hill Park received several upgrades including a new gym and new athletic fields. Several other facilities in the city were renovated.

PUBLIC SAFETY – The West End Fire Station was constructed. The city also partnered with Augusta County to build Middle River Regional Jail in Verona and the regional juvenile detention home.

PUBLIC WORKS – The city upgraded a water treatment plant and improved water and sewer lines throughout Staunton. The city worked with Augusta County on a regional wastewater treatment plant and with Augusta County and Waynesboro on a regional landfill.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – The city created the Green Hills Industrial Park, and established a public-private partnership to develop the former Staunton Correctional Center.

DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT – Staunton created a Virginia and National Main Street program.

During the 16 years John served on Staunton City Council, a new city parking garage was built, as was the Blackfriars Playhouse and the renovation and opening of the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center.

A downtown “big dig” brought a major infrastructure improvement to the city of Staunton. The city also opened a new city hall and office complex and renovated the former Booker T. Washington High School. The old school became a city recreation center.

John’s American Dream has offered him the chance to give back much to his community over the past four-plus decades.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Mayor
    Staunton City Council
  • Principal
    Valley Vo-Tech
    1987 to 2001
  • Executive Director
    Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton
    2001 to 2017
  • Principal
    Stuarts Draft High School
    1983 to 1987
  • Assistant Principal
    Valley Vocational Technical Center
    1979 to 1983
  • Teacher and Coach
    Wilson Memorial High School

Education

  • MA in School Education
    University of Virginia
    1979
  • BA
    University of Richmond
  • High School Degree
    Madonna High School

Offices

John Avoli For Delegate
P.O. Box 1942
Staunton, VA 24402
Phone: 540-290-1023

Web

Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

G. “John” Avoli (R)14,70758.47%
Jennifer L. Lewis (D)10,40841.38%
Write-in (Write-in)39.16%
TOTAL25,154

Finances

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

Governance

Support Independent, Fair Redistricting

I believe in the importance of supporting independent and fair redistricting. Gerrymandering prevents the equitable representation of all constituents – and Virginia is no exception to this issue. Serving in public office is a privilege and not a right. Unfair redistricting for personal gain is not a philosophy that I will practice or engage in.

Democracy

Support the 2nd Amendment

As an NRA member, I strongly support the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms. The framers of our country had the foresight to include this provision in our constitution so that we may protect ourselves from government tyranny, as well as the ability to provide safety to our families in times of distress. This provision is especially critical given how rural our district is.  I also will support legislation that results in responsible hunting, firearms training, and shooting sports.

Economy

Support Small Businesses

I am very supportive of small businesses and have firsthand experience in business practices as a result of my efforts to revitalize downtown Staunton during my time as Mayor. In order to ensure the continued success of not only downtown Staunton but also the surrounding area, I will always support fewer government regulations. The heart and soul of America is the small business. As a result, the responsibility of government should be to encourage business growth, not hinder it.

Limit Wasteful Tax Increases

I believe in limiting wasteful tax increases. Elected officials and public servants must always be fiscally responsible, as the revenue generated from taxes are funds that could have been spent by their constituents on a car payment, mortgage, or groceries. When the legislature chooses to increase taxes, they must always keep this in mind. In turn, I pledge to consider tax increases a last resort, and only an option once all other avenues have been explored and exhausted.  My belief is public servants need to be stewards of their constituents hard earned money, not treat constituents’ bank accounts as their own personal funds.

Education

Support Public Education

During my time as a high school principal and Director of Valley Vocational tech center, I witnessed firsthand the need for a strong skilled labor force in our society. It is my belief that as part of our public education system we must expand our workforce development programs through the community college system. While a four-year education can be beneficial for some, it is not for everyone. By expanding our vocational programs in the community colleges, we can provide a viable option for the younger generation. Training our youth who choose to work in vocational and technical trades is necessary to cultivate a workforce so that our localities can continue to prosper.

I also support the limiting of standardized testing. Too often public schools solely focus their curriculum based on students passing state-mandated tests. By doing so, education providers are short-changing our youth in their development of real world, applicable skills that they will need for the future. Not every student is the same. Some may want to be doctors or lawyers, while others may want to take over the family farm or go to trade school. As a result, we must ensure the curriculum that is being practiced in our public schools facilitates a level of education that is suitable for all students, no matter their goals.

Additionally, we must ensure that our teachers are compensated fairly for their work. Our educators are providing our youth with the foundational skills that they will utilize for the rest of their lives. As a result, we must ensure that our educators are paid a livable wage so that they may continue to do what they love, which is critical to the success of future generations of Americans.

Lastly, it is my belief that parents, not the state, should have the right to decide what is best for the education of their children. If the circumstances are right for private schooling, parochial schooling, or homeschooling, the caretakers of those children should have the ability to decide what path is best for their loved ones.

Health Care

Protect the Right to Life

I am a pro-life supporter. I believe that life begins at conception and that all life must be protected. As an educator and elected official, I have sustained that position throughout my career. As your Delegate, I will be a champion for the unborn and vote to defeat any legislation making third term abortions legal.

Address the Mental Health and Opioid Crisis

I believe that we are experiencing one of the biggest drug epidemics of our lifetime. Our proximity to I-81 and I-64 make our district ripe for the manufacturing and distribution of illegal substances. It is crucial that we address the mental health and drug crisis head on – through community policing, increased access to mental health facilities, and public education on the effects of drugs. If I am elected, I pledge to support legislation that will assist local law enforcement and mental health professionals to explore all options as to how to tackle this issue.

Make Health Insurance Affordable for All

Healthcare reform that puts patients first is one of my top priorities. We must utilize all avenues to lower the cost of health insurance. All too often do I hear horror stories of folks who have been negatively affected by the complex health insurance of today’s system. As a fiscal conservative, I believe that the best ways to lower health insurance prices is for cross state, open market policies and allowing small businesses to participate in association health plans. Competition and free markets will help bring prices down while improving access to quality care.

Infrastructure

Improve Interstate 81

I-81 has become very congested and dangerous for travel and improvements to the I-81 corridor are long overdue.  Unfortunately, the 2019 Legislature was unable to pass a funding proposal. Under Steve Landes’s leadership, the legislature did create an Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund and Interstate 81 Committee. If I am elected as your delegate, I will work with the Commonwealth Transportation Board to develop an Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Program and make citizens aware of progress toward improvements.

Safety

Support Emergency Personnel

I believe in supporting all law enforcement, first responders, and firefighters. They need and deserve the support to effectively serve and protect our localities. We must continue to invest in their recruitment, training, and retention. I will support legislation for increases in pay and new equipment for all law enforcement, first responders, and firefighters.

Internet Service in Rural Areas

It is imperative in today’s America that the rural areas of our Commonwealth have access to internet services. The lack of broadband providers in the rural areas of Augusta, Nelson and Highland Counties prevents members of our community from earning income and advancing their intellectual development. It is no secret that access to the internet can be utilized to create income via starting an online business, selling ads, or creating computer applications. These potential sources of income, in addition to traditional and established ways of earning income, can help folks elevate their standard of living. Additionally, we are doing a disservice to our youth by disallowing them access to internet services. The internet and web-based services are critical to education as well as the integration of our youth into modern society.

Support Agriculture

I am very supportive of Agriculture in the 20th District. Clean air and water, along with the success of family-owned farms, are a priority for me. These family-owned farms are the backbone of our community and it is critical that the Commonwealth of Virginia provides clarity and support when dealing with the people of these communities.

I also believe that we need to continue to develop and promote agritourism. Agritourism in Virginia is on the rise and what better District to capitalize on it than the 20th District.

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Chris RunionChris Runion

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Chris Runion, as a business owner with an accounting background, Chris Runion is uniquely qualified to go to Richmond and try to bring some fiscal sanity to the mess that Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration is making. The Democrats in Richmond go from one fiscal issue to the next with one solution: Let’s raise taxes.

Chris will be a delegate that is faithful, honest, transparent and accountable to the citizens of the 25th District, standing firm for our God-given rights, the right to life and our Second Amendment rights.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Chris Runion, as a business owner with an accounting background, Chris Runion is uniquely qualified to go to Richmond and try to bring some fiscal sanity to the mess that Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration is making. The Democrats in Richmond go from one fiscal issue to the next with one solution: Let’s raise taxes.

Chris will be a delegate that is faithful, honest, transparent and accountable to the citizens of the 25th District, standing firm for our God-given rights, the right to life and our Second Amendment rights.

About

Chris Runion 1

Source: Campaign page

Chris Runion is a lifelong conservative Republican from the Shenandoah Valley. He grew up on a farm where his parents worked hard and raised five sons. He went to Virginia Tech and graduated with an accounting degree. Jennifer and Chris married shortly after he graduated from Virginia Tech, and they settled in Bridgewater to start their family. While working for a large poultry company Chris earned an MBA from James Madison University. During his time as a business owner, Chris served in our community in a number of roles, including on the Rockingham Planning Commission and as president of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.

One of the most important characteristics of a representative is leadership and experience — the ability to provide consistent, rock-solid conservative leadership. As a business owner with an accounting background, Chris Runion is uniquely qualified to go to Richmond and try to bring some fiscal sanity to the mess that Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration is making. The Democrats in Richmond go from one fiscal issue to the next with one solution: Let’s raise taxes.

Chris will be a delegate that is faithful, honest, transparent and accountable to the citizens of the 25th District, standing firm for our God-given rights, the right to life and our Second Amendment rights.

 

Leadership Experience

• Member, NFIB State Leadership Council

• Active member of the Greater Augusta Chamber

• Former President, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce

• Former Vice Chair, Rockingham County Republicans

• Former Member & Chairman, Rockingham County Planning Commission

• Past District Governor of Rotary

• Chairman, Shenandoah Valley Economic Education

• Board Member, Rockingham Insurance

• Board Member, Farmers & Merchants Bank (F&M Bank)

Web

Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Chris S. Runion (R)16,74758.13%
Jennifer L. Kitchen (D)11,51739.97%
Janice L. Allen ()5151.79%
Write-in (Write-in)33.11%
TOTAL28,812
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Tony Wilt 1Tony Wilt

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

About

Tony Wilt

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • President/General Manager
    Superior Concrete, Inc

Education

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

Personal

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

Membership & Affiliation

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

Contact

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

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

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

2017 State DelegateArray

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

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

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

Subcommittees

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

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

Defending the Second Amendment

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

The Right to Life

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

Economy

Economic Prosperity and Job Creation

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

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

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

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

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

Education

Ensuring a Quality Education for all Virginians

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

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

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

Safety

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

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

Personal Responsibility

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

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Joshua ColeJoshua Cole

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Josh has served the state by acting as the Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, fighting for the people by working alongside Delegate Convirs-Fowler on issues important to all Virginians, like fair housing.

Simultaneously, Josh serves on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, as the President of the Stafford County NAACP and participates with numerous other local and community initiatives.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Josh has served the state by acting as the Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, fighting for the people by working alongside Delegate Convirs-Fowler on issues important to all Virginians, like fair housing.

Simultaneously, Josh serves on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, as the President of the Stafford County NAACP and participates with numerous other local and community initiatives.

About

Joshua Cole 1

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

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

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

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

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Joshua G. Cole (D)13,33451.82%
Paul V. Milde III (R)12,29447.78%
Write-in (Write-in)101.39%
TOTAL25,729

Issues

Civil Rights

Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment

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

Protecting Reproductive Freedom

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

Economy

Economic Justice

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

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

Education

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

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

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

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

Environment

Environmental Action

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

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

Health Care

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

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

Infrastructure

Transportation

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

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

Safety

Criminal Justice Reform

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

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

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

Housing

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

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

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

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Todd Gilbert 1Todd Gilbert

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

About

Todd Gilbert

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

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

Awards

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

Personal

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

Membership & Affiliation

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

Contact

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

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Virginia House of Delegates

Elections

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

Tenure

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

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

Committee assignments

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

Other assignments

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

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

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

2017 State DelegateArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Delegation

Majority Leader (2018-)

Committees

Vice Chair: General Laws
Rules
Courts of Justice

Subcommittees

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

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

Protecting the 2nd Amendment

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

Economy

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

Environment

Energy Independence

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

Health Care

Fighting for Healthcare Freedom

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

Safety

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

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Robert Orrock 1Robert Orrock

Current Position: State Delegate since 1990
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 1990
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

About

Robert Orrock

Source: Campaign page

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

Career

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

Education

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

Local Involvement

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

Family

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Teacher (semi-retired)

Education

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

Personal

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

Membership & Affiliation

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

Contact

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

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

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

2017 State DelegateArray

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

2015 State DelegateArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

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

Subcommittees

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

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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John McGuire 1John McGuire

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

About

John McGuire

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

John and his wife Tracy live in Henrico County.

Experience

Work Experience

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

Education


  • Okaloosa Walton Community College, FL

  • enrico High School
    1988

Personal

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

Membership & Affiliation

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

Contact

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

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

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

2017 State DelegateArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Counties Cities and Towns
Education
Privileges and Elections

Subcommittees

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

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Ballotpedia

Issues

Economy

Pro-Business Reforms

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

Support Tax Policies That Are Favorable to Our Citizens and Businesses

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

Education

Support Initiatives to Reform our Education System

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

Health Care

Support Overhauling Our Health Care System

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

Support Programs to Eradicate the Opioid Crisis

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

Infrastructure

Support Broadband Expansion

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

Safety

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

Support Our Law Enforcement and First Responders

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

Veterans

Support Our Veterans’ and Their Families

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

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Sally Hudson 1Sally Hudson

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

About

Sally Hudson

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

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

Web

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

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

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

Civil Rights

Dismantle mass incarceration

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

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

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

Democracy

Voting rights act

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

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

Economy

Housing

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

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

Education

Resources & funding for schools

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

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

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

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

Environment

Energy

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

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

Health Care

Medicaid & Affordable Care Act

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

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

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Robert Bell 1Rob Bell

Current Position: State Delegate since 2002
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2002
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

About

Robert Bell

Source: Campaign page

Rob Bell grew up in a Navy family.  He attended the University of Virginia on scholarship and graduated with honors from both the college and U.Va law school.  Rob served as a state prosecutor in Orange County for five years, where he prosecuted over 2,400 cases, working with the police and crime victims to bring criminals to justice.

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

In recent years, Rob has worked to improve mental health care in Virginia. In 2014, he patroned Virginia’s “bed of last resort” law to ensure that a bed at a state hospital is always available when a court has ordered treatment. In 2019, he wrote a law to establish minimum standards for mental health care in Virginia jails and to coordinate jail-provided mental health services with community services after inmate release.

In recognition of his work, Rob has been received awards from numerous groups, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD-Virginia), the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Psychiatric Society of Virginia. The Action Alliance, which fights domestic violence and sexual assault, gave Rob the 2009 “Act, Honor, Hope” Award, and in 2011, recognized Rob along with 29 other Virginians as a “30 Voices for 30 Years” Honoree.

An Eagle Scout, Rob was an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts and with the public schools prior to his first election. Rob and his wife Jessica have two children, Robbie and Evie. The Bells live in Albemarle County.

Click here for a list of awards and recognitions.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • JD
    University of Virginia School of Law
    1995
  • B.A. with High Distinction
    University of Virginia
    1988

Awards

Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout
Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault, Vanguard Special Commendation (2002)
National Transportation Safety Board, State Safety Leadership Award (reduce alcohol-related fatalities) (2004)
The Century Council, Outstanding Commitment to Fight Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking (2004)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, State Safety Leadership Citation (2004)
MADD, Outstanding Leadership (2004), Outstanding Legislator (2005)
Thomas Jefferson EMS Council, Award of Appreciation (2005)
Washington Regional Alcohol Program, WRAPPY Award for Public Service (2005)
Home Educators Association of Virginia, Outstanding Leadership in Advancing the Rights of Home-Educating Parents (2006)
Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Law Enforcement Commendation Medal (2006), Law Enforcement Official of the Year (2007)
Virginia Property Rights Coalition, Deepest Gratitude for HB 2954 to the people of Virginia (2007), John C. Marshall Award (2008)
Fluvanna County High School, Honorary Fluco (2008)
Virginia Academy of Family Physicians, Legislator of the Year (2008)
Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, Outstanding Legislative Service (2008)
Psychiatric Society of Virginia, Delegate of the Year (2008)
Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, Act Honor Hope Award (2009), Leadership in Legislation Award (2011), 30 Voices for 30 Years Honoree (2011)
Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists, Patriots Award (2010)
Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys, Champion of Justice (2011)
American Conservative Union, Defender of Liberty (2011)
Virginia Chamber of Commerce, A Rating (2012), Champion of Free Enterprise (2015), Excellence in Education and Workforce Training Award (2015)
Virginia Retail Merchants Association, Legislator of the Year (2012)
American Conservative Union, Conservative Excellence Award (2015)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1967
  • Place of Birth: Palo Alto, CA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Spouse: Jessica Rhea Sweeney
  • Children: Robbie and Evelyn

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Jordan Dix Hargrave, Legislative Director
Administrative Assistant During Session: Anita Schepker

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1058

District Office
2309 Finch Court
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Phone: (434) 245-8900

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Bell was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November 2001, representing the 58th district in the Virginia Piedmont, including Greene County and parts of Albemarle, Fluvanna and Rockingham Counties. Bell’s seat was previously held by Thomas Jefferson

Abortion

In 2012, Bell voted in favor of a bill requiring all women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound prior to having an abortion, except in cases of rape and incest, wherein police reports must be presented. While massive[clarification needed] silent protests outside the Virginia state capitol initially resulted in the bill’s patron holding off on the vote on the bill, it was passed the next day. On March 1, 2012, Bell voted in favor of an amended version of the bill requiring women to undergo a transabdominal ultrasoundprior to an abortion if written consent for a transvaginal ultrasound is not obtained, and no ultrasound at all if the physician deems it impossible to determine fetal age through the prescribed means.

Citizenship inquiries

During the 2012 legislative session, Bell was the primary sponsor of a bill requiring police to inquire into the citizenship of anyone arrested, regardless of criminal charges. The bill was widely criticized by civil rights organizations and failed to pass.

Education[edit]

In 2012 and 2013, Bell patroned the “Tebow Bill”, named for Tim Tebow, which would allow homeschooled students meeting academic standards the opportunity to participate in public school sports teams and other extracurricular activities.

Public safety

As of 2013, Bell serves as the chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

In 2006, Bell proposed legislation to bar violent sex offenders from school property, following public outrage over a convicted sex offender serving as a Santa Claus at an elementary school. In 2012, he proposed a bill expanding this ban to cover school buses and school-affiliated events.

In 2008, Bell proposed legislation to require school superintendents to screen job applicants for a history of child abuse convictions in Virginia and other states, as well as criminalize the misrepresentation of an applicant’s offender status.

Property rights

Bell sponsored a legislatively referred constitutional amendment seeking to reform eminent domain in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The effort was initiated in part as a reaction to a 2005 US Supreme Court decision upholding the right of the government to seize property for economic development. The Virginia General Assembly approved the amendment in 2011, and then Governor Bob McDonnell endorsed it. The proposed amendment was placed on the November 6, 2012, ballot as a statewide referendum, where it was approved.

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Robert B. Bell III (R)18,21762.47%
Elizabeth A. Alcorn (D)10,92237.45%
Write-In (Write-in)220.08%
TOTAL29,161

2017 State DelegateArray

Rob Bell (R)18,65261.2%
Kellen James Squire (D)11,79738.7%
Write In (Write-in)270.1%
TOTAL30,476

2015 US SenatorArray

Rob Bell (R)13,92696.4%
Write In (Write-in)5143.6%
TOTAL14,440

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

BELL III, ROBERT BERNARD has run in 10 races for public office, winning 9 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $3,706,883

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Chair: Courts of Justice
Health, Welfare and Institutions
Commerce and Labor

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Photo ID and Voting

Rob believes that it is critically important that only eligible citizens vote, and that the person registered must be the person who actually comes to the polls.

In 2013, Rob supported Virginia’s new photo ID law, and also patroned House Bill 1765, to help prevent felons from voting and House Bill 1764, to help prevent people from voting simultaneously in more than one state.

Rob knows that Virginia has a history of very close elections, and the Commonwealth needs to ensure that this sort of voter fraud is never allowed to overturn the actual will of the people.

Civil Rights

Defending the Second Amendment

Rob believes that that the Second Amendment ensures the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms for hunting, target shooting, self-defense, and other reasons. Rob is a gun owner, a concealed carry permit holder, an NRA member and a longtime member of the Rivanna Rifle & Pistol Club near his home in Charlottesville. His voting record has received an “A” score from the NRA.

  • Rob Bell supports both concealed and open carry.
  • Rob Bell believes that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of citizens to own firearms and opposes efforts to reinterpret and weaken this Constitutional protection.
  • Rob Bell supports the right of law-abiding citizens to defend their families against home intruders.
  • Rob Bell voted to repeal the “one gun a month” law.
  • Rob Bell was co-patron of the bill to repeal the concealed carry “restaurant ban.”
  • Rob Bell voted to remove concealed carry permit information from the list of data that is subject to Virginia’s open record laws.

Family Values

Rob Bell is pro-life. In past elections, he has received a 100% score and has been endorsed by the Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL). (The VSHL has not yet made an endorsement for the 2019 election.)

Rob supports the traditional definition of marriage and voted for Virginia’s Constitutional marriage amendment.

Rob supports the ability of parents to make educational choices for their children. In addition to supporting tax credits for school tuitions, he strongly supports home schooling. In 2006, the Home Educators Association of Virginia gave him their legislative award for  “Outstanding Leadership in Advancing the Rights of Home-Educating Parents.” Rob has repeatedly patroned the bill to expand access for home school students who wish to participate in sports at their local high school (the “Tebow Bill”).

Democracy

Protecting the Constitution

Rob has fought to protect the U.S. Constitution and to protect the constitutional rights of Virginia citizens.  He believes that the U.S. Constitution is intended to protect the liberty of Americans by limiting the authority of the federal government to certain enumerated powers.

Rob was the co-author of the Virginia Property Rights Constitutional Amendment to prevent eminent domain abuse.  This amendment is in response to the Supreme Court’s infamous Kelo v. City of New London decision, which allowed the government to take property and transfer it to another private individual.  In 2012, Virginians endorsed the Amendment with 74% of the vote.

Rob has been repeatedly recognized for his work to defend both the U.S. Constitution and the Virginia Constitution:

  • Virginia Property Rights Coalition – 2007 “Deepest Gratitude for (HB 2954) to the people of Virginia”
  • Virginia Property Rights Coalition – 2008 “John C. Marshall Award”
  • American Conservative Union – 2012 “Defender of Liberty Award”

With regards to the Second Amendment, Rob believes that it ensures the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms for hunting, target shooting, self-defense, and other reasons. Rob is a gun owner, a concealed carry permit holder, an NRA member and a longtime member of the Rivanna Rifle & Pistol Club near his home in Charlottesville. His voting record has received an “A” score from the NRA.

Economy

Economy and Jobs

Rob believes the best way to create jobs is to promote a business-friendly climate where private employers can thrive and grow.  He opposes needless and expensive overregulation of Virginia companies, and which has earned support from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. As a Delegate, Rob voted to eliminate the Virginia death tax so that farmers and small business owners can pass on their legacies to their children. He has voted to protect Virginia’s right-to-work law, which helps keep Virginia attractive to new employers.  Rob also opposed “card check” proposals that would eliminate the secret ballot in union organizing.

He has received a 92% voting score from the NFIB for 2017 and was endorsed by the NFIB that year.  In 2015, he also received the Chamber’s Excellence in Education and Workforce Training Award. He was named a Champion of Free Enterprise by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce in 2017. He received an “A” rating for his pro-business record in 2018.

In 2012, he received the Virginia Retail Merchants Association “Legislator of the Year” Award.

Education

Better Schools

Rob and his wife Jessica live in Albemarle County. Their son Robbie attends VIA (the Virginia Institute for Autism) and their daughter Evie attends the local public school. Jessica is a former high school English teacher.

safer-schools

Rob supports educational excellence in public schools and giving parents choices. He has supported public charter schools, scholarships for disadvantaged children in underperforming schools, and he led the fight for the “Tebow Bill” that would give home schooled students additional options.

In addition, like any parents, the Bells understand the importance of student safety. In 2019, Rob worked with local school bus drivers to pass HB 2344, which will make it easier to prosecute drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.

Rob has written new laws that:

• Ban criminal sex offenders from schools during school hours (HB 2344 – 2007)

• Require schools to establish bullying prevention programs (HB 2266 – 2005)

• Require schools to notify parents when a child is a victim of a crime at school (HB 2266 – 2005)

• Require additional background checks for school teachers (HB 1242 – 2008)

• Ban criminal sex offenders from school activities and school buses (HB 2066 – 2011)

• Address “cyberbullying” by treating threats sent by “texting” the same as threats made by phone (HB 2059 – 2011)

Homeschooling and School Choice

Rob is a committed supporter of homeschooling.

His mother, Mary Bell, homeschooled Rob’s brother and sister. She even testified before the Virginia General Assembly in support of Virginia’s first homeschooling law in 1984.

In 2004, Rob patroned a bill to expand Virginia’s homeschooling law to cover those parents without a college degree.  Although it passed the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate, Gov. Mark Warner vetoed the bill.  In 2006, Rob was again able to successfully patron the bill through the House and the Senate. Gov. Tim Kaine signed HB1340 into law.

For this work, Rob received the “Outstanding Leadership in Advancing the Rights of Home-Educating Parents” award from the Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV).

Since 2009, Rob has repeatedly patroned bills to allow homeschool students to play sports at their local high schools.  In 2016, this “Tebow Bill” passed the House and Senate, but was vetoed by Governor McAuliffe.

Rob also supports school choice for public school students. In 2012, he co-patroned House Bill 321 to create tax credits for scholarships for students to attend private schools and in 2016, Rob patroned House Joint Resolution 1, a Constitutional Amendment to make it easier to open public charter schools in Virginia.  This Amendment failed by two votes.

Health Care

Mental Health Reform

Rob has worked for many years to improve mental healthcare in Virginia. He currently serves as vice-chair of the bipartisan “Deeds Commission“ which is focused on reforming mental health care.

In 2014, after a tragic suicide when a mental health bed was not found for a patient, Rob patroned HB 293, which created a “bed of last resort” at state hospitals to ensure that a bed is always available when a court has ordered treatment.

In 2016, he patroned HB 1110, which empowers families to present evidence directly to the special magistrate when dissatisfied with a commitment decision made by the clinician.

Also in 2016, he patroned HB 616, to require officials to offer advance medical forms to anyone involuntarily committed prior to release.

In 2018, he patroned HB 1604 to improve mental health education in high school health classes.

Also in 2018, at the request of a mother of a special needs child, he patroned HB 505 to allow VDOT to post signs warning drivers that a special needs individual lives nearby.

In 2019, he patroned HB 1942 to establish minimum standards for mental health care in Virginia jails and to coordinate jail-provided mental health services with community services after release.

Earlier, in response to the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, Rob was chosen to lead a special House of Delegates subcommittee charged with reforming Virginia’s mental health commitment laws. In 2008, as a result of the subcommittee’s work, Virginia saw the most sweeping reforms of mental health commitment laws in 30 years.

These laws do the following:

  • Require local community service boards to attend commitment hearings (HB 499 – 2008)
  • Specify which agency from the community service board will follow the case if a commitment is authorized and report back to the court if the mentally ill person disobeys the court’s treatment orders (HB 499 – 2008)
  • Revise commitment standard, replacing “imminent danger” with “substantial likelihood of serious bodily harm” (HB 559 – 2008)
  • Allow records to be more easily shared among the agencies delivering services, including law enforcement (HB 576 – 2008)
  • Require public universities to notify parents of students who are a danger to themselves or others (HB 1005 – 2008)

Bell has been recognized for his work.  He was named the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians “Legislator of the Year” and the Psychiatric Society of Virginia’s “Delegate of the Year.”

Safety

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Rob worked for five years as an assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, prosecuting more than 100 cases of domestic abuse.  As a delegate, Rob has fought for the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. His efforts include his recent work to improve safety for students at Virginia colleges. He has written laws to:

  • Increase amounts available to victims for medical bills and funeral expenses under the Crime Injury Compensation Fund (HB 2773 – 2019)
  • Require CPS investigation where child is left unsupervised with sex offender (HB 511 – 2018)
  • Require that defendant pay court-ordered restitution to victims unless released by court (HB 484 – 2018)
  • Prioritize payment of restitution to victims (HB  2328 – 2017)
  • Increase penalties for violations of protective orders that involve stalking or bodily injury (HB 583 – 2016)
  • Expand Virginia’s stalking law to empower victims to identify when conduct constitutes stalking (HB 752 — 2016)
  • Require offenders listed on Virginia’s sex-offender registry to include work and college addresses (HB 628 – 2016)
  • Require every college campus to report felony sexual assaults to the police or to a Commonwealth’s attorney and to provide services to victims (HB 1930 – 2015)
  • Add violent misdemeanors to the Virginia DNA database (HB 1928 – 2015)
  • Make it illegal to maliciously distribute or send a nude or sexual photograph – “revenge porn” (HB 326 – 2014)
  • Impose a mandatory life sentence for those who rape children (HB 973 – 2012)
  • Expand Virginia’s protective orders law (HB 2063 – 2011)
  • Close loopholes that let child molesters avoid justice (HB 1333 – 2006)
  • Increase penalties for those who secretly videotape children (HB 663 – 2004)
  • Increase penalties for those who sexually abuse the mentally infirm or physically helpless (HB 660 – 2004)

Rob has been repeatedly recognized by for his work:

  • Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault – 2002 “Vanguard Special Commendation”
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance – 2009 “Act, Honor, Hope” Award
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance – 2011 “Leadership in Legislation” Award
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance – 2011 “30 Voices for 30 Years” Honoree

Human Trafficking

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking is the second fastest growing crime in the United States. Rob serves as vice chair of the Virginia State Crime Commission, and in 2018, the Commission studied what Virginia could do to combat this crime and produced a package of bills.

In 2019, Rob carried one of the bills, HB 2586, which will increase penalties on those who aid in the commission of child prostitution and allow them to be investigated by multi-jurisdictional grand juries. The bill will also ensure that offenders receive full punishment by allowing each act of sex trafficking to be charged as a separate offense.

In addition, Rob has patroned laws that:

  • Increase penalties for those who place children into prostitution (HB 2040 –2015)
  • Put offenders who hire child prostitutes on the sex offender registry (HB 235 –2014)
  • Allow grand juries in multiple jurisdictions to investigate the same human trafficking cases because such crimes often stretch across city and county lines (HB 1870 – 2013)

Public Safety

Rob is a champion for our communities against crime. He has led an all-out assault against drunk driving and has fought to protect our families from sex offenders. Rob has served on the Virginia Crime Commission since 2003 and is currently chairman of the Criminal Laws Subcommittee in the House of Delegates. He has written new laws that:

  • Mandate jail for drunks who drive with children in the car (SB 1019 Floor Amendment – 2003)
  • Crack down on repeat drunk- driving offenders and “super-drunk” drivers (HB 676 – 2004, HB 667– 2004)
  • Allow judges to require drunk drivers to repay the medical and funeral expenses of their victims (HB 2008 – 2003)
  • Increase penalties for those who sexually abuse the mentally infirm or physically helpless and who secretly videotape children (HB 660 – 2004, HB 663 – 2004)
  • Close loopholes that let child molesters avoid justice (HB 1333 – 2006)
  • Stop physical violence against family members (HB 656 – 2004)
  • Expand availability of protective orders (HB 2063 – 2011)
  • Require life sentences for those who rape children (HB 973 – 2012)
  • Apply truth in sentencing for child pornographers with multiple convictions (HB2269 – 2013)
  • Increase penalties for those who place children into prostitution (HB 2040 – 2015) and places those who purchase services from a child prostitute on the sex offender registry (HB 235 – 2014)
  • Allow courts to enter orders for service dogs to accompany witnesses in criminal trials. (HB 482 – 2018)
  • Require all child pornography found during a criminal investigation to be included in the Child Pornography Registry (HB 1940 – 2019)
  • Increase penalties for drunk drivers who cause serious bodily injuries to their victims. (HB1941 – 2019)
  • Ensure and confirm collection of fingerprints from all felony and certain misdemeanor offenders (HB 2343 – 2019)

Veterans

Veterans’ Issues

Rob Bell is the son of a career naval officer, and moved all around the country while growing up. (His father retired after 28 years and lives in Virginia.) Rob knows the importance of supporting servicemen and women and their families, especially during long deployments.  During his time in the General Assembly, Rob has voted in favor of legislation that helps veterans, members of the military, and their families. A few of the bills include:

  • providing for the Department of Veterans Services to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce unemployment (HB1906 – 2013)
  • increasing the number of claim agents with the Department of Veterans Services (HB 1121 – 2012)
  • requiring the regulatory boards within specific departments to accept substantially equivalent military training and education of a service member returning from active service as qualifications for licensure (HB 938 – 2012)
  • waiving the one-year residency requirement for eligibility for in-state tuition for veterans in Virginia (HB 1861 – 2011)
  • a Constitutional Amendment providing for a property tax exemption for veterans who have a 100 percent, service-related disability (HJ 33 – 2010)

Rob with his Dad, 1969

 

Testimonial:

“In the Fall of 2011, I wrote you regarding Virginia’s failure to award Military Veteran and Disabled Veteran Hiring Preference as required by Virginia law. I sent similar letters to all members of the General Assembly who voted for the original legislation. You were one of the few who took an interest and took action.

Through your efforts, D.H.R.M. amended the Veterans Hiring Policy requiring State Agencies award these hiring preferences. In addition, The Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control corrected their online application in the Spring of 2012 to allow applicants the opportunity to claim their status as a disabled veteran.

These changes will assist veterans in their return to civilian employment. Thank you for your efforts.”

-John Hughes, Williamsburg, VA

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Matthew Fariss 1Matthew Fariss

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

About

Matthew Fariss

Source: Campaign page

Matt Fariss is a seventh generation native of Campbell County with a desire for future generations to continue to reside in the region. His wife, Crystal, and children, Hunter, Bobby, and Harrison are the reason Matt entered this campaign. He hopes that they can continue to enjoy the same rights and freedoms that he has been blessed with, and, as delegate, he will fight against liberal policies that will put those liberties in jeopardy. Despite his various successes, he is first and foremost a Christian family man committed to serving his family and community.

Matt was blessed to grow up in rural Virginia. However, as a youth he may have taken some of those blessings for granted and was subsequently “fired” by his father around twenty years old.  Following that incident, Matt employed the values of hard work that he’d learned since he was a child. He began purchasing cattle and growing his business operation. Through the years, Matt has operated a country store, managed large amounts of real estate, raised cattle, managed farms, and operated numerous businesses. In addition to other projects, he is currently co-owner and Vice President of the Lynchburg Livestock Market, the largest livestock market center in Virginia. Matt has mastered numerous business ventures, and always has multiple projects going on at one time. As delegate, he will apply that business savvy towards serving his constituents in Richmond.

As your representative in Richmond, his work will be focused solely on serving his constituents. His service comes because he understands that times like these require sacrifices and commitments of those capable of leading. Matt knows that Richmond is in need of a common sense conservative approach, and, as a businessman, he is capable of bringing that much needed attitude to the House of Delegates. Central Virginia needs a man with roots in the district who understands how to create jobs and make common sense decision. As delegate, Matt will never become an ivory tower leader; instead, he will remain committed to being a citizen-legislator fighting for the economy, values, and future of rural Virginia.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Business owner, farmer, realtor, and developer

Education


  • Rustburg High School

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1968
  • Place of Birth: Lynchburg, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: Crystal Dawn Brown
  • Children: Hunter, Bobby, and Harrison

Membership & Affiliation

Thomas Road Baptist Church
Mackey Masonic Lodge 69

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Cindy Blanks-Shearin
Administrative Assistant During Session: Sharon Wiltshire

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1059

District Office
243-C Livestock Road
Rustburg, VA 24588

Phone: (434) 821-5929

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

The 59th district incumbent, independent Watkins Abbitt, Jr., retired in 2011 after 26 years of service. Fariss, the Republican nominee, won a three-way race against Democrat Connie Brennan and independent Linda M. Wall, receiving 52.98% of the vote. Fariss is a social conservative, and supports anti-abortion legislation, as well as anti-LBGT legislation: “As delegate, he will oppose any effort on the state or local level to allow for marriage, partnership benefits, or recognition. Matt will work diligently to ensure that what has happened in New York and elsewhere will never happen in Virginia.”

In January, 2016, Fariss was charged with two incidents. These included a misdemeanor breach of peace and a hit and run accident in which property was damaged but no people were hurt.

Recent Elections

2017 State DelegateArray

Matthew Fariss (R)15,75861.2%
Tracy Lloyd Carver (D)8,77334.1%
Marcus Timothy Sutphin (G)8633.4%
Write In (Write-in)2970.2%
TOTAL25,691

2019 State DelegateArray

C. Matt Fariss (R)16,44763.22%
Tim J. Hickey (D)9,54336.68%
Write-In (Write-in)270.10%
TOTAL26,017

2015 State DelegateArray

Matthew Fariss (R)9,31295.9%
Write In (Write-in)3944.1%
TOTAL9,706

Finances

FARISS, C MATTHEW has run in 4 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $600,815.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Militia, Police and Public Safety
Finance
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources

Subcommittees

Chair: Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #1
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #3
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #2
Finance – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Taxes and Spending

Matt understands that there is nothing that strangles economic development like excessive taxation. He is a firm believer that the commonwealth taxes too heavily and spends too wastefully. As delegate, “he will cut the fat” from Virginia’s budget and fight against tax increases. Matt will be an ardent spokesman for Virginia’s families and businesses that are over-taxed while also fighting to ensure that tax dollars are spent in the most effective manner.

Civil Rights

Abortion

Matt believes that there is no more sacred right guaranteed to our citizens than the right to life. Beling raised with a mentally challenged uncle, Matt is all the more aware that ALL life is precious. In the House of Delegates, Matt will be a vigorous defender of the unborn. Throughout his time in office, Matt will author, support, and vote for any legislation that will protect life. Recognizing also that the value of life must be first and foremost in our society.

Marriage

Matt is firmly opposed to any attempt to undermine traditional marriage through recognition of same sex couples. As delegate, he will oppose any effort on the state or local level to allow for marriage, partnership benefits, or recognition. Matt will work diligently to ensure that what has happened in New York and elsewhere will never happen in Virginia. He will be a constant and staunch ally of traditional marriage and the belief that such unions and recognition should only ever be between one man and one woman.

Second Amendment

The right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed in the Constitution, and Matt, a long time NRA member, will fight to defend that right. Hunting and gun ownership is an important cultural tradition in central Virginia, and Matt will fight to make sure that no government action will infringe upon that right.

Property Rights

A crucial element of right to the pursuit of happiness so eloquently espoused by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, is the right to property. Matt understands this fact and there will be no more ardent defender of property rights in the House of Delegates. He understands the challenges and frustrations that come when government attempts to regulate how property owners utilize their property, and he will work to remove power from regulating bureaucracies and return it back to the people and their elected representatives. Matt will fight against legislation that restricts the rights of property owners.

Economy

Jobs

As a small businessman, Matt has long been a job producer in the local economy for years. As delegate, he will apply the same common sense principles that he has learned in the private sector. He has firsthand knowledge of how stifling government regulations inhibit job creation. While in Richmond, Matt will work tirelessly to remove government obstacles to economic growth and will strive to ensure that job producers are rewarded and welcomed in our commonwealth.

Education

Virginia’s greatest natural resource is our children. As delegate, Matt will work to ensure that our education funds go directly to the classroom to teach the youth of our commonwealth. He believes that the best decision makers in the education system are parents and elected local leaders, and he will fight to remove excessive government intrusion where dollars are kept and decisions are made by distant bureaucrats. Matt understands that the communitys ability to educate its children adequately is essential to a communitys prosperity and future. As delegate, Matt will be a strong voice for our children, their education, and the future of Virginia and its communities

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Mark Cole 2Mark Cole

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

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

Summary

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

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

About

Mark Cole 1

Source: Campaign page

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

He has previously served on the state Veterans Services Board, Virginia Commission on Youth, Southern Regional Education Board, the House Science and Technology Committee, 1st Congressional District BRAC Task Force, Quantico Civilian-Military Council, and Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors.

From 1985 through 2012 Mark worked as a defense contractor supporting the Navy at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia. He currently works as a Deputy County Administrator for Spotsylvania County.

From 1980 to 1985, he served in the U. S. Navy as Ordnance and Missile Officer on board the USS Mississippi (CGN 40). After active duty, Mark continued to serve in the Navy Reserve reaching the rank of Commander before retiring in 2004.

He is a graduate of Mary Washington College, Germanna Community College, and Western Kentucky University with degrees in Computer Science and Civil Engineering Technology.

Mark Cole has been active in his community as a Church Trustee, Sunday school teacher, youth soccer coach, and a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Gideons, and the Ruritans. He has also been an active member of the Republican Party and has worked in the campaigns of several Republican candidates.

His wife, Genia, is a retired kindergarten teacher. They have four adult children.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Deputy County Administrator
    Spotsylvania County
  • US Navy and Naval Reserve
    1980 to 2004

Education

  • B.L.S
    Mary Washington College
    1993
  • BS
    Western Kentucky University
    1980
  • A.A.S.
    Germanna Community College
    1990

Awards

Virginia Community Colleges, Distinguished Alumnus
Mount Olive Baptist Church Community Service Award
Navy Commendation Medal (three)
Navy Achievement Medal (two)
AEGIS Excellence Award
American Conservative Union, Defender of Liberty

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1958
  • Place of Birth: Louisville, KY
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: Eugenia
  • Children: four

Membership & Affiliation

Fairview Baptist Church (River Club Campus)
Military Officers Association of America
American Legion
Gideons
VFW
Rappahannock River Basin Commission

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Rachel Rutherford
Administrative Assistant During Session: Margie Doggett

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1088

District Office
P.O. Box 41965
Fredericksburg, VA 22404-1965

Phone: (540) 786-3402

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Cole was elected to the Spotsylvania County, Virginia Board of Supervisors in 1999, where he served until 2002 when he took office in the Virginia House of Delegates. He is the chairman of the House Privileges and Elections Committee and is a member of the House Finance and Education Committees.[1][self-published source]

Positions

Cole describes himself as a fiscal and social conservative that supports individual rights while opposing tax increases. He opposed Republican initiatives to raise taxes in 2007 and 2013.

Microchip implantation

Cole was criticized in February 2010 for comments made by him about his sponsorship of HB53, a bill in the House of Delegates which would ban implantation of microchips into humans by their employers:

My understanding — I’m not a theologian — but there’s a prophecy in the Bible that says you’ll have to receive a mark, or you can neither buy nor sell things in end times, some people think these computer chips might be that mark.

Rob Boston of Americans United for Separation of Church and State said of this on MSNBC that “the sort of paranoid strain of thinking among these folks just—it advances to meet the new technology that we have.” The bill passed the House on a bi-partisan vote 88 to 9. 

Bathroom bills

In 2016, Cole sponsored House Bill 663, a bathroom bill restricting public restroom use according to a person’s “anatomical sex”, defined as “the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s anatomy”, with violators liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $50. HB663 was introduced on January 11, 2016 and died in committee in February 2016. It was widely reported that HB663 would require adults to inspect the genitals of children before they were allowed to enter the appropriate facilities, but this was dismissed by Snopes as a misleading interpretation of the bill’s text, which states that administrators “shall develop and implement policies that require every restroom … that is designated for use by a specific gender to solely be used by individuals whose anatomical sex matches such gender designation.” Cole sponsored House Bill 781 one day later on January 12, 2016, which used the same wording but substituted “biological sex” for “anatomical sex”. The use of “biological sex” allowed for an update via amended birth certificate. HB781 also died in committee in February.

Voter registration

In 2017, Cole sponsored House Bill 1598, which would require those registering to vote after January 1, 2018 for state and local elections to provide proof of citizenship. HB1598 passed the House of Delegates on a 64-37 party line vote in February 2017.

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Mark L. Cole (R)15,14955.67%
Jessica H. “Jess” Foster (D)12,01344.15%
Write-In (Write-in)490.18%
TOTAL27,211

2017 State DelegateArray

Mark Cole (R)14,02252.7%
Stephen Ronald Aycock (D)9,91837.3%
Amanda M. Blalock ()2,3738.9%
Gerald Lee Anderson (G)2551.0%
Write In (Write-in)410.2%
TOTAL26,609

2015 State DelegateArray

Mark Cole (R)11,12393.6%
Write In (Write-in)7646.4%
TOTAL11,887

Finances

COLE, MARK L has run in 9 races for public office, winning 9 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $735,504.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Chair: Privileges and Elections
Education
Finance

Subcommittees

Education – Subcommittee #1
Finance – Subcommittee #1

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Sound conservative leadership for Virginia!

Mark Cole has spent his public life fighting for the needs of Virginia’s families and taxpayers. Too many politicians are advocates for government bureaucracy. Mark is an advocate for you!

Since taking office in 2002, more than 100 bills that Mark sponsored and 300 that he co-sponsored have passed and become law. Additionally Mark has led the fight to STOP tax increases and OPPOSE wasteful government spending.

Governance

BALANCING THE STATE BUDGET

– Opposed wasteful spending
– Supported legislation to control the growth in government spending
– Opposed attempts to raid transportation funds
– Opposed tax increases

“Delegate Mark Cole has been a strong voice for fiscal responsibility and conservative values in Richmond. He shares with me the principles of limited government and personal responsibility. We need leaders like Mark in the House of Delegates fighting for Virginia’s families.”
Congressman Dave Brat, 7th District 

Civil Rights

DEFENDING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

Successfully sponsored legislation to protect the right of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms
– Defended the Right to Life
– Sponsored a resolution defending the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

Education

IMPROVING EDUCATION

– Led the fight to get additional state funds to increase teacher pay for our schools
– Supported efforts to ensure that the state fully funded its share of the education budget
– Supported efforts to empower parents and make schools accountable
– Worked to streamline bureaucracy to get more resources to the classroom
– Opposed unfunded mandates and wasteful spending

Immigration

CRACKED DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

– Co-sponsored legislation banning “sanctuary cities” in Virginia
– Opposed efforts in the US Senate to grant amnesty to illegal aliens
– Passed legislation denying state and local benefits to illegals
– Co-sponsored legislation to allow state and local law authorities to enforce immigration law

“If the Federal government is not going to do its job to secure our borders and stem the tide of illegal immigration, I want to make Virginia an unattractive destination for them!”
Delegate Mark Cole

Infrastructure

FOUGHT FOR TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS

– Supported increased funding for transportation
– Expanded the authority of localities to collect road impact fees from developers
– Secured funding for improvements to local roads
– Passed legislation requiring VDOT to prioritize improvements to I-95
– Supported land use and growth reforms to reduce sprawl and congestion
– Supported reforms to streamline government bureaucracy and improve efficiency

“When Northern Virginia tried to raid Stafford’s transportation funds, Mark Cole stopped them dead in their tracks!”
Mark Osborn, Former Stafford County Supervisor

Safety

PROTECTING FAMILIES

– Strengthen laws against sexual predators, child pornographers, and gangs
– Co-sponsored legislation to require internet filters for public library computers
– Increased penalties for drunk driving
– Defended traditional family values

SUPPORTING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES

– Led the fight to get additional funds to increase pay for state troopers and deputies
– Supported critical funding for fire and rescue

“Public safety and emergency services are Mark Cole�s top priorities. He helped ensure that funding was available for pay raises for deputies and state troopers. He has been a strong voice for us in Richmond.”
Former Sheriff Charlie Jett, Stafford County

Veterans

SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY AND VETERANS

– Sponsored legislation strengthening employment rights for National Guard and Reserve members called to active duty
– Successfully sponsored legislation protecting military dependent voting rights
– Co-sponsored legislation granting in-state tuition to military members
– Supported construction of a new veterans� care center
– Worked with Congress to defend area military bases

“Mark Cole is a common-sense leader who has been a strong supporter of our veterans and military communities. I have worked with him on issues affecting Virginia’s veterans and military facilities and can tell you he is a dedicated public servant who has gone the extra mile to make sure you are represented in Richmond!”
Congressman Rob Wittman, 1st District 

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