Tony Wilt

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Brent Finnegan

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

Overview: N/A

Tony Wilt 1Tony Wilt

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

About

Tony Wilt

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • President/General Manager
    Superior Concrete, Inc

Education

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

Personal

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

Membership & Affiliation

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

Contact

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

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

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

2017 State DelegateArray

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

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

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

Subcommittees

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

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

Defending the Second Amendment

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

The Right to Life

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

Economy

Economic Prosperity and Job Creation

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

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

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

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

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

Education

Ensuring a Quality Education for all Virginians

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

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

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

Safety

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

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

Personal Responsibility

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

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Brent FinneganBrent Finnegan

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

Brent Finnegan 1

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

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

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Issues

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

✅ Raise the minimum wage to a living wage.

✅ Ensure paid family leave for all Virginia workers.

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

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

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

✅ End cash bail debtor’s prison.

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

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

✅ End voter disenfranchisement of felons.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

✅ Ban housing discrimination against LGBTQ people.

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

✅ Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

✅ Support ranked-choice voting in Virginia.

✅ Push for automatic voter registration.

 

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