James Edmunds

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Halifax County Board of Supervisors from 1999 – 2009

Owner and Manager of: Non-Typical Outdoors (a supplier of seed for animal food plots) Halifax

Operator of the Halifax County Fair

Third generation farmer, raising cattle, grain and timber on family farm. Married to the former Jennifer Wilkerson and the father of two children, Paul (18) and Caroline (14). Attends First Presbyterian Church in South Boston where he has served as Deacon and Elder.

Janie Zimmerman

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

My mission is to speak up for Rural Virginia where there hasn’t been a strong voice in the past. Living in Charlotte County has shown me the specific needs of a rural area such as Southern Virginia.
James Edmunds 1James Edmunds

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Halifax County Board of Supervisors from 1999 – 2009

Owner and Manager of: Non-Typical Outdoors (a supplier of seed for animal food plots) Halifax

Operator of the Halifax County Fair

Third generation farmer, raising cattle, grain and timber on family farm. Married to the former Jennifer Wilkerson and the father of two children, Paul (18) and Caroline (14). Attends First Presbyterian Church in South Boston where he has served as Deacon and Elder.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Halifax County Board of Supervisors from 1999 – 2009

Owner and Manager of: Non-Typical Outdoors (a supplier of seed for animal food plots) Halifax

Operator of the Halifax County Fair

Third generation farmer, raising cattle, grain and timber on family farm. Married to the former Jennifer Wilkerson and the father of two children, Paul (18) and Caroline (14). Attends First Presbyterian Church in South Boston where he has served as Deacon and Elder.

About

James Edmunds

Source: Campaign page

Owner and Manager of: Non-Typical Outdoors (a supplier of seed for animal food plots) Halifax

Operator of the Halifax County Fair

Elected to the Virginia House of Delegates as the 60th District representative in 2009 and is now serving his fifth term.

  • Member of the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee
  • Chairman of the Natural Resources Sub-Committee
  • Member of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee
  • Member of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee

Appointed by Speaker William Howell to the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

  • Member of the Southside Economic Development Committee
  • Member of the Agribusiness Committee

Legislative Awards:

  • Named a Distinguished Advocate for Virginia Business by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Virginia Legislative Sportsman’s Caucus

  • co-chairman with Senator Emmett Hanger

Served 10 years on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors:

  • Chairman, Recreation Committee
  • Chairman, Fair Committee
  • Member, Finance Committee
  • Member, Policy and Personnel Committee
  • Member, Agriculture Committee

Protector of environment:

  • Recipient of Virginia League of Conservation Voters 2013 Legislative Leadership Award in “recognition of dedicated leadership in supporting and protecting the natural resources of the Commonwealth of Virginia”
  • National Remington and Progressive Farmer Farm Pond Management Award
  • Izaak Walton League Conservationist of the Year Award
  • Wild Turkey Federation Conservationist of the Year Award
  • Halifax County Sportsman’s Club Conservationist of the Year Award

Civic involvement:

  • Member of Halifax Education Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Member of National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Former member of Halifax County Rotary Club

Third generation farmer, raising cattle, grain and timber on family farm. Married to the former Jennifer Wilkerson and the father of two children, Paul (18) and Caroline (14). Attends First Presbyterian Church in South Boston where he has served as Deacon and Elder.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Owner and Manager
    Non-Typical Outdoors
    2019 to present

    a supplier of seed for animal food plots in Halifax

Education

  • B.S., Business Administration,
    Averett University
    1996 to present

Awards

  • National Remington and Progressive Farmer, Farm Pond Management Award (2019)
  • zaak Walton League, Conservationist of the Year (2019)
  • Halifax County Sportsman’s Club, Conservationist of the Year (2019)
  • National Wild Turkey Federation, Conservationist of the Year, Wild Turkey Woodlands Award (2004), Hunting Heritage Landowner Program Award (2006) (2019)
  • Virginia League of Conservation Voters, Legislative Leadership Award (2013)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1970
  • Place of Birth: South Boston, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Presbyterian
  • Spouse: Jennifer Leigh Wilkerson
  • Children: Paul and Carolin

Membership & Affiliation

  • First Presbyterian Church (former deacon and elder)
  • NRA
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • American Tree Farm System
  • Halifax County Rotary
  • Virginia Board of Forestry
  • Halifax County Public Schools Education Foundation
  • Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Shelia Bradley
Administrative Assistant During Session: Sharon Wiltshire

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1060

District Office
P.O. Box 1115
Halifax, VA 24558

Phone: (434) 476-0077

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Edmunds was elected to the Halifax County Board of Supervisors from the 5th district in 1999, and became vice chair a year later. He was reelected without opposition in 2003 and 2007.In 2009, Clarke Hogan, Virginia House of Delegates member from the 60th district, announced he would not run for a fifth term. Edmunds received the Republican nomination and was elected unopposed.

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

James Edmunds (R)14,46166.21%
Janie S. Zimmerman (D)7,35133.66%
Write In (Write-in)290.13%
TOTAL21,841

2017 State DelegateArray

James Edmunds (R)13,33061.98%
Jamaal Maalik Johnston (D)8,17737.95%
Write In (Write-in)410.19%
TOTAL21,548

2015 State DelegateArray

James Edmunds (R)10,76899.2%
Write In (Write-in)920.8%
TOTAL10,860

2013 State DelegateArray

James Edmunds (R)12,80664.2%
Jasper Louis Hendricks, III (D)7,10535.6%
Write In (Write-in)350.2%
TOTAL19,946

Finances

EDMUNDS II, JAMES E has run in 5 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $371,695.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Militia, Police and Public Safety
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Health, Welfare and Institutions

Subcommittees

Chair: Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #2
Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Other Commission & Committee Appointments
   Henrietta Lacks Commission
House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
House Health Welfare and Institutions
House Militia Police and Public Safety
Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, Virginia
Roanoke River Bi-State Commission, Virginia Delegation of the
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Board of Trustees
Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

James Edmunds knows what issues affect Southside the most. He is a strong voice for our district in Richmond, helping to solve the problems we face in our area, as well as to preserve the freedoms — like our gun & hunting rights, and traditional values, etc. — we currently hold dear.

Economy

Recruit new industry, protect our small businesses, and keep taxes low.

Education

Get Southside schools on par with, or better than, the rest of the Commonwealth.

Environment

Conservation

Three things: Clean Air, Clean Water & Open Spaces.

Health Care

Make sure seniors on fixed incomes don’t have to choose between purchasing medication or their next meal.

Safety

Stand up for our Volunteer Fire and Rescue Departments, and make sure our police get the resources they need.

 

Agriculture

Promote sustainable agriculture so we never become dependent on foreign food sources, and protect Southside’s family farms

 

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Janie ZimmermanJanie Zimmerman

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

My mission is to speak up for Rural Virginia where there hasn’t been a strong voice in the past. Living in Charlotte County has shown me the specific needs of a rural area such as Southern Virginia.

Summary

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

My mission is to speak up for Rural Virginia where there hasn’t been a strong voice in the past. Living in Charlotte County has shown me the specific needs of a rural area such as Southern Virginia.

About

Janie Zimmerman 1

Source: Campaign page

I’m Janie Zimmerman, and I am running for House of Delegates District 60. If you live in Charlotte, Prince Edward, Halifax, or the SE part of Campbell County, I’m your candidate!
 
I was born at Andrews Air Force Base while my dad was serving in the Vietnam War, so I wholly support and understand veterans, their families, and the challenges they face. My mom grew up in a rural part of the Texas panhandle, and now I return to my Southern roots by living in rural Virginia.

I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember, and have been a teacher for almost 30 years. My favorite kids to teach are the alternative students that other schools have most likely forgotten. I am currently a teacher at a juvenile detention center in Prince Edward County. I am excited to work with these students because it is so rewarding to watch them blossom with just a little care and attention. When these troubled students succeed, they really succeed. When rural Virginia gets the attention it deserves, it can really succeed as well. Just as I speak up for my students, a vote for me will be a vote to speak up for the unique needs of Rural Virginia.

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Education Funding:
Janie is a Special Education Teacher at the Juvenile Detention Center in Farmville, Virginia. She believes that all of her students are amazing and deserve a childhood just like their peers, but they have made mistakes because they have been given opportunities to make poor choices. These have resulted in them being involved in the juvenile justice system. With after school programs available, many students could discover their passions instead of the “school to prison pipeline”, where students who struggle with managing their behavior are sent for punishment (and often incarceration) rather than having their needs assessed and addressed. These children need education, not prison.

Many will remember a time when kids could play a sport for free, spend time after school in Drama, Band, and Choir, stay after school to participate in any number of clubs, or work in a vocational class. Most of that doesn’t happen in present day schools. Some of that doesn’t happen in any school, especially in rural areas. When students don’t have activities to keep them busy after school, they are left with too much time to fill. That alone may increase the likelihood they will make poor choices. Every school needs money in all counties to provide fair and equal education and benefits for all students and teachers in the Commonwealth.

Rural Broadband:
Rural Virginia cannot thrive without access to the rest of the world through high-speed internet. Students, job seekers, businesses, and families deserve the ability to do homework, apply for jobs, run their businesses, and enjoy simple connections with friends and family across the globe just like the rest of Virginia. Broadband access is essential for educational and economic growth. Relocating established businesses to our district can not happen without addressing the issue of internet access. There are rural broadband plans being developed across the country. There is no reason why the implementation of rural broadband access can’t be approached in the same way the Rural Electrification Programs were in the 1930s. Help Janie make broadband a reality for all Virginians no matter where they live.

Equal Rights Amendment:
Janie knows we need to make sure the the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is finally ratified. We cannot give up on women’s rights to be seen as EQUAL to men. When Virginia ratifies the ERA, it will become the 38th state to ratify the ERA, pushing the amendment over the three-fourths requirement to become part of the U.S. Constitution. Turning Virginia Blue will help all women across the nation, not just in Virginia.

Healthcare:
Janie believes healthcare is a basic human right. We need to work to increase access to all healthcare providers in rural areas.  This is especially urgent in the area of mental health and women’s reproductive services. Everyone has a right to choose the services they need for their helthcare and to have it close to home. Funding for Community Health Centers can make this happen. With health centers closer to small towns and rural areas, it will be easier for people to take care of medical needs when they happen instead of waiting until problems get much worse and they are forced to drive a distance to reach the nearest emergency room.

Virginia’s Climate Crisis:
Janie fully endorses the plan for a Green New Deal Virginia. The plan will work to create thousands of jobs while simultaneously addressing the issue of the climate crisis and restoring Virginia’s environment. The plan also outlines investments in local-scale agriculture in communities across Virginia ensuring that rural areas will benefit from economic growth as well as being ensured access to clean air and water.

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