Mike Webert

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Laura Galante

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

Overview: N/A

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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Laura GalanteLaura Galante

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

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

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Politics

Finances

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

Economy

Rural Jobs and Technical Training

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

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

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

Agriculture

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

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

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

Small Businesses and Families

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

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

Education

Investing in Education

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

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

Career Exposure

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

Environment

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

Health Care

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

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

Infrastructure

Renewable Energy

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

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

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

Internet

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

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

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

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