Les Adams

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Dustin Evans

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

Overview: N/A

Les Adams 2Les Adams

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

About

Les Adams

Source: Campaign page

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

Les graduated Magna Cum Laude from Liberty University and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.  After law school, he served as the Judicial Law Clerk for the Danville Circuit Court before joining the Pittsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in 2002.  As an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Les prosecuted all categories of crime and was promoted to the position of Career Prosecutor.  In that capacity he served as a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  Les has also taught as an adjunct professor at Danville Community College and the Helms School of Government at Liberty University.

Today, Les is a practicing attorney and partner at the Chatham law firm of Adams and Fisk, PLC.  Since 2011, Les and his partners have substantially grown the firm over several practice areas in service to many clients, including the Town of Chatham.

Les has been a leader in our community for many years.  He has served as President of the Pittsylvania County Bar Association, Circuit Representative for the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar, member of the Board of Directors for Faith Christian Academy in Hurt, and member of the President’s Council of the local Good News Jail and Prison Ministry.  He is today an active member of the Chatham Rotary Club and Chatham Baptist Church, where he serves as deacon.

First elected to the House of Delegates in 2013, Les serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee, which includes his appointments to the Criminal Law Subcommittee and the Judicial Subcommittee.  He is also a member of the Committees on Privileges and Elections, Transportation and Science and Technology.  Other appointments which Les received include a seat on the Commission for Block Grants and membership to the Board of Trustees of the New College Institute.  Les is a member of the Business Development Caucus, the joint House and Senate Rural Caucus and the Conservative Caucus.

At home, Les resides in Chatham with his wife Melanie, a pharmacist, and their two sons, Roger and Garrett.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • JD
    University of Richmond School of Law
    1999
  • B.S., magna cum laude
    Liberty University
    1996

Personal

 

  • Birth Year: 1974
  • Place of Birth: Montgomery County, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: Melanie Evonne Schiefer
  • Children: Roger and Garrett

 

Membership & Affiliation

Chatham Baptist Church (deacon, Sunday School Director)
Chatham Rotary
Virginia State Bar
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Pittsylvania County Bar Association

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Jesse T. Lynch
Administrative Assistant During Session: Katy Rugg District

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1017

District Office
P.O. Box 19130
Roanoke, VA 24019

Phone: (540) 283-2839

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Les Adams (R)13,14674.56%
Dustin W. Evans (L)4,40224.97%
Write in (Write-in)830.47%
TOTAL17,631

2017 State DelegateArray

Les Adams (R)16,51396.11%
Write In (Write-in)6683.89%
TOTAL17,181

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

ADAMS, LES R has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $322,398.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Vice Chair: Science and Technology
Courts of Justice
Transportation
Privileges and Elections

Subcommittees

Chair: Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #3
Chair: Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #3
Chair: Transportation – Subcommittee #4
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #1
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #2
Transportation – Subcommittee #1

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

OUR VALUES

I will not waver in the defense of foundational American principles and the commitment to limited government under the Constitution.  I will promote policies that are consistent with free enterprise, individual responsibility and traditional morality.  My constituents will always know that I stand firm in the protection of innocent life and will fight to preserve our rights that are under attack, including the rights to keep and bear arms and the free exercise of our religion.

Governance

Taxes & Spending

Political freedom cannot be separated from economic freedom and the ability to improve our station in life through learning and hard work. Burdensome taxes limit our ability to pursue our callings to serve others and provide for our families. Make no mistake, the Commonwealth must levy taxes to provide for the core functions for which it is lawfully obligated, but the primary role of any government is to allow for a system of ordered liberty under the rule of law. I recognize that taxes come from real people, and thus will stand always on the side of the individual taxpayer against a growing and encroaching government bureaucracy.

When governments collect money from citizens through taxation, those governments have a responsibility to appropriate those funds efficiently and responsibly. This requires the exercise of prudence by those in leadership and the implementation of policies which provide for the public safety and include incentives for responsible behavior. When politicians seek to convince us of their own generosity by insisting upon the redistribution of other people’s money, I will not be afraid to refuse them. Instead, I will continue to vote for the responsible appropriation of state funds.

Economy

I remain committed to improving the Commonwealth’s economic climate for small business.  Recognizing that governments do not create private sector jobs, I will continue to sponsor measures that increase competitiveness for our businesses in Southside Virginia and allow our economy to grow.  Likewise, I will continue to support legislation to reduce excessive regulations which unduly limit entrepreneurial success, while actively recruiting new employers to our region.  Furthermore, our economy is substantially aided by the insistence on our due share of funds for highway maintenance and the promotion of the future I-73 corridor.

Education

The Constitution of Virginia requires that the General Assembly provide for a system of public education that is of high quality.  We know that by meeting this obligation we position our children, and our community, for greater future success.  To do this, I believe that decisions regarding a child’s education are best addressed by parents and their localities, which should enjoy more options and flexibility.  I will continue to support improvements to how we assess achievement under the Standards of Learning and provide more avenues for students to learn.  With regard to higher education, I will continue to vote for measures that reduce tuition costs and remain a servant to the needs of our local institutions.

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Dustin EvansDustin Evans

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Facebook

Dustin W. Evans was born in Danville, Virginia on December 13, 1988. He spent the first twenty years of his life living in many different states and countries while his father served in the United States Air Force. Returning back to Pittsylvania County in 2011. 

Dustin spent much of his early twenties working in factories before deciding to attend college with the dream of becoming and attorney. In 2015 Dustin enrolled at Danville Community College for a degree in Social Science. Here he would be invited into Phi Theta Kappa honor society, serve on student council and eventually become the student body president. After graduating from Danville Community College in 2017, Dustin enrolled at Averett University for a bachelors in History and Political Science. While at Averett, Dustin married his childhood friend Michelle Kemp. It was during Dustin’s last semester at Averett he became frustrated with his House of Delegate representatives voting record. While still finishing up his final semester, Dustin decided to put law school on hold to launch a political campaign. While juggling a young family, a political campaign, and college classes Dustin graduated in the spring of 2019 with a GPA of 3.99 for the final semester. 

Dustin is currently working for Cherrystone Outdoors, writing a book on his experience of running his first political campaign, and working on multiple podcasts.

Issues

Source: Other

My vision for southside Virginia is to create an economy that works for EVERYONE. I have met so many people who worry about jobs, education for their children, and healthcare for their family. Our district and our people have been overlooked for years. This is something I aim to fix. 

Agriculture

For years our home was the most productive tobacco land in the world. However, tobacco is on it’s way out and there is nothing anyone can do to fix that. Hemp cultivation is our chance to create a boom in agriculture once again. For us to do that we need to repeal the red tape that makes it difficult for farmers. I want to shift the conversation from helping local agriculture survive, to how do we make it a successful career once again. We can do that by expanding the Land Use Tax statewide, Protecting the Right to Farm act, outlawing Imminent Domain, and repealing regulations that make it difficult to become a small farmer.

Healthcare

According to research the two hospitals in our area are considered in the worst 6% in the country. My opponent has been silent on the matter, but I will not be. One of the main reasons they are so horrible, is because they do not have any competition. In Virginia, we have a law known as Certificate of Public Need ( C.O.P.N.) this prohibits another hospital from opening within so many miles of an established medical facility. This law is solely based off of a loss of potential funds. This law ensures established hospitals are protected from any competition. While hospitals executives count their money, we are forced to deal with sub-par services.

Education

Special needs education in our district leaves a lot to be desired. It is not the teachers fault, they do not have the resources to provide what is needed. However, I have met the parents, family members, and friends of children who are special needs. One of the most common concerns I hears, is that children with Autism are not receiving the education they deserve. My solution is to allow for school choice for special needs students. This would allow them attend a school that has better programs geared toward them. I also propose cutting funding by 10% to publicly funded universities, and allocating those funds to be used by the Virginia Board of Education to hire experts in the field to create a program that will work for special needs kids in public schools. 

Jobs

Our area was once an industrial powerhouse. Sadly, our area has lost many of the opportunities it once had. One only has to look at Hurt, Martinsville, or Danville. We can build that back up. Our district has the workforce, it has the resources, but there isn’t much here. I want to seek out companies who are looking to relocate and show them what our area has. I want to lower state taxes so we can attract more business to our great state. I want to bring in more manufacturing and tech jobs so our diverse array of citizens will always be able to find jobs. 

I want to make our home a great one with great opportunities.No matter your wealth, race, or gender our district will be one that works for you and your family. Lets create a district, that we want to invest in.

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