Terry Austin

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Botetourt County Board of Supervisors from 1997 – 2013

Currently serving a third term in the House, Terry Austin is on the committees of Appropriations, Transportation, Rules, and Cities, Count & Towns. In 2018, he was appointed to serve on the Joint Audit & Legislative Commission (JLARC).

Terry is President of Austin Electrical Construction Inc., a small business that specializes in airport runway lighting which he founded forty-six years ago. He also serves on the boards of Bank of Botetourt and Carilion.

Flourette Ketner

Current Position: Non profit board member
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Terry Austin 1Terry Austin

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Botetourt County Board of Supervisors from 1997 – 2013

Currently serving a third term in the House, Terry Austin is on the committees of Appropriations, Transportation, Rules, and Cities, Count & Towns. In 2018, he was appointed to serve on the Joint Audit & Legislative Commission (JLARC).

Terry is President of Austin Electrical Construction Inc., a small business that specializes in airport runway lighting which he founded forty-six years ago. He also serves on the boards of Bank of Botetourt and Carilion.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Botetourt County Board of Supervisors from 1997 – 2013

Currently serving a third term in the House, Terry Austin is on the committees of Appropriations, Transportation, Rules, and Cities, Count & Towns. In 2018, he was appointed to serve on the Joint Audit & Legislative Commission (JLARC).

Terry is President of Austin Electrical Construction Inc., a small business that specializes in airport runway lighting which he founded forty-six years ago. He also serves on the boards of Bank of Botetourt and Carilion.

About

Terry Austin

Delegate Terry Austin represents the 19th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Currently serving a third term in the House, he is on the committees of Appropriations, Transportation, Rules, and Cities, Count & Towns. In 2018, he was appointed to serve on the Joint Audit & Legislative Commission (JLARC).

Mr. Austin is a native of Buchanan, Virginia and is President of Austin Electrical Construction Inc., a small business that specializes in airport runway lighting which he founded forty-six years ago. He also serves on the boards of Bank of Botetourt and Carilion.

Terry and his wife, Kathy have four children and ten grandchildren. They reside in Buchanan.

Experience

Work Experience

  • President/CEO
    Austin Electrical Construction)

Awards

James River High School, Knights of Distinction (1996)
William Skelton Ambassadorial Scholarship (2008, 2009)
Fincastle Volunteer Rescue Squad, Outstanding Supporter (2013)
Town of Buchanan, Lifetime Contributor Award (2013)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1955
  • Place of Birth: Roanoke, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: Kathy Stevens
  • Children: Catie Austin Brown, Natalie Austin, Benjamin Austin, and Joshua Boblett,

Membership & Affiliation

Buchanan Rotary
Botetourt Republican Committee

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Matthew Miller
Administrative Assistant During Session: Jeanne Oostdyk

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

District Office
P.O. Box 400
Buchanan, VA 24066
Phone: (540) 254-1500

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Terry Austin (R)19,33197.04%
Write In (Write-in)5902.96%
TOTAL19,921

2017 State DelegateArray

Terry Austin (R)20,96696.31%
Write In (Write-in)8053.69%
TOTAL21,771

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

AUSTIN, TERRY L has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $301,113.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Transportation
Counties Cities and Towns
Rules
Appropriations

Subcommittees

Chair: Transportation – Subcommittee #3
Appropriations – General Government and Capital Outlay Subcommittee
Appropriations – Public Safety Subcommittee
Appropriations – Transportation Subcommittee
Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #1
Rules – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Keeping Taxes Low

Terry knows how important it is for the General Assembly to hold down taxes, especially when so many families and businesses are struggling to make ends meet during these difficult economic times. On the Board of Supervisors, Terry has helped keep local taxes low while ensuring local schools remain top notch and public safety was fully funded. As your Delegate, he will use that experience to insist that Richmond stretches every hard-earned dollar you pay in taxes and to ensure that taxes are kept low.

Civil Rights

Traditional Values

Terry is a strong supporter of the traditional Virginia faith-based values that are the bedrock of strong communities and strong families. He is proudly pro-life and will support additional efforts to protect the unborn. Terry also supports laws that protect every Virginian’s right to openly proclaim and practice their faith.

Gun Rights

Terry is committed to upholding and defending your liberties and constitutional rights as your Delegate, especially your right to own and carry a firearm. He is a gun owner and staunch supporter of the Second Amendment. You can count on Terry to oppose any efforts to restrict your gun rights or undermine Western Virginia’s hunting heritage.

Economy

Attracting New Jobs

As a successful small business owner, Terry knows that the private sector is the best engine to create jobs. As your Delegate, Terry will work to reduce red tape and unnecessary regulation on small business owners so they can better compete and grow. And Terry will push for common-sense economic development programs that help market Western Virginia as a prime location for businesses looking to relocate or expand.

Education

World-Class Schools

Terry understands that our children need excellent local schools in order to learn the skills needed to compete in an ever-changing high-tech global economy. As a Supervisor, he makes sure that classroom teachers have the resources to provide a world-class education to local students. As your Delegate, Terry will continue to stand up for educational excellence that is measurable so that parents can continually assess their local school’s quality. And Terry will work to ensure that Virginia’s public colleges and universities continue to be among the best in the nation.

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Flourette KetnerFlourette Ketner

Current Position: Non profit board member
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Non profit board member
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

Flourette Ketner 1

Source: Campaign page

Flourette “Flo” Ketner is the Democratic candidate for the 19th District of the Virginia Senate, which includes all of Salem City and Floyd, and parts of Bedford, Carroll, Franklin, Montgomery, Roanoke, and Wythe Counties. A wife and mother of three young children, she has lived in the New River Valley for over 30 years. She grew up in Floyd County High School and graduated Radford University with a B.S. in English. Currently she lives in Christiansburg and serves on the board of the new non-profit organization Cayambis Institute Of Latin American Studies in Music as the Treasurer. 

Raised by her disabled grandmother in poverty, her mother painfully lost her battle with drug abuse and this experience shaped her future. As a member of her community, she experiences the same ups and downs we all have. She pays the same prices for her electric bills, enjoys local events with family and friends, and shops in the same local stores. This community is her heart, home, and a community where she takes responsibility to protect us, our children, and those in need. She wants us to all have the ability to sleep at night knowing that when we wake up in the morning, we are going to have a warm place to live, food on the table, and help when we need it.

She plans to bring these experiences and concerns about rural areas with her to Richmond to ensure that we and our children have the same advancements and opportunities as those living in urban areas so we may acquire the skills needed to become successful in the New River Valley. This is why she is advocating for better roads, last mile broadband connectivity, and to ease the access to affordable healthcare. When elected to office, she will also stand against the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, address the opioid and drug epidemic head on, and work for better economic development to support the rights we deserve as citizens.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Issues

Civil Rights

ERA

Equal rights for women should already be a standard in our state and country. The Virginia State Legislature needs a couple votes to pass this vital piece of legislation, yet the ERA is still not law. We need to acknowledge that women are treated differently than men when we should all be treated equal. The women of southwest Virginia have been betrayed and now they have a new ally in their lives who will protect their basic human rights. We need to end the message that women aren’t good enough and prove, once and for all, that we are all equal.

Environment

Southwest Virginia is known worldwide for its beautiful mountains and landscapes. Protecting our backyard from pollution and rising temperatures is paramount for not only the present but the future. Passing new legislation to require permits to change or interfere with waterways should be a top priority. Saving endangered species and our forests is more important now than ever due to the dismantling of federal regulations. The environment includes farms, livestock, and crops. Farms are one of the most important parts of our region’s economy and they rely on natural resources to survive. Supporting green initiatives to maintain our natural resources is the best way to ensure to preservation of the heart of our region. Protecting our forests protects the jobs of many and protects our economy. We need to end ecoterrorism and take a stand for our farms, our forests, and our own survival.

Health Care

As a community, we need better access to the healthcare we need. We deserve the ability to reach a life saving 24 hour facility in a timely manner and to have necessary specialists, such as a trained Pediatrician, within a safe distance from our homes and schools. We deserve better and we can properly incentivize our facilities to have additional specialists or offer specialized services for the safety and care of all.

 Many of our areas do not have 24 hour facilities within a timely distance. Having them nearby is easily the difference between life or death for someone suffering a heart attack or an accident. We must focus on the health and wellness of our communities.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Quality transportation infrastructure is a necessity in rural Virginia. It is the pathway to our way of life and a healthy economy. Mass Public Transportation is a key component to keep our repair needs down. This is why she will ensure our needs are fully recognized and given a higher priority.

Mass transportation and public transportation are integral to our region and need to be more widely available. This provides affordable alternative level of transportation to jobs, stores, and medical care. It saves drive time on public roads and interstates and reduces road wear. Green buses are available in nearby areas and we can just as easily benefit from them in all areas of the district. Public transportation is a gateway to opportunities for rural areas like ours.

Broadband

Internet is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity for our economy and our citizens. Though we have finally been making moves to expand broadband, we need to ensure that we go to the last mile and have it available to every home. The state has provided the infrastructure for last mile telephone for years because of the necessity and we need to do the same with the quality internet. Providing this level of quality tremendously impacts the quality of life for our communities. Our businesses need better access to customers and our people need better access to the products needed in our homes. Education abilities are greatly expanded. Children and teens have better access to their schools while our working professionals have access to additional training while seeking promotions or to advance skills in their trade. Healthcare access instantly becomes a little more attainable when we have immediate access to the answers of simple and potentially serious medical questions while also aiding in outpatient care.

Safety

Substance Abuse

The Substance Abuse Epidemic has become more severe than before. We have routine reports of criminal arrests, overdose deaths, and even a rise of use in schools. We have to commit to addressing this crisis while addressing our mental healthcare crisis in tandem. We need to put a focus on prevention, early childhood abuse, caring for our citizens with the illness, and putting a strong stop too manufacturing. There are too many violent crimes associated with substance abuse and this is killing members of our communities while putting children in imminent danger. This must be researched and addressed. Stronger resources need to be available to protect and save everyone from this detrimental problem.

Better education for our children is long overdue. The idea of drugs being an issue has been glamorized to children and we need to stop using cartoons and start using age appropriate, intelligent conversations to educate our children of the dangers and threat to life that drugs present. It is time we truly take a stand to save our children and our people.

Run Rights and Safety Laws

We need to focus on the safety of our communities while also ensuring the safety of our farms protecting their livestock. We need to ensure our hunters are safe to catch the wildlife that feeds their families but also prevent children from life threatening instances. Safety is the number one concern. We need to ensure our schools, government buildings, and churches are safe for everyone. Forcing our teachers to acquire permits to carry a weapon while teaching our youth is not a safety measure. Government buildings are protected by security and forcing someone sitting at a reception desk to have a weapon is not a safety measure. Ensuring our families with weapons in their homes are keeping their guns safe utilizing approved gun locks and a secure gun safe is a safety measure.

Our police officers and our loving family members deserve the right to petition the courts about their concerns a permitted gun owner is not in a safe mental state and should be suspended until they feel they are back to good health. This is not simply for the safety of the public but the safety for our community and family members. Suicide is all too common and we should be taking measures to give our family and community members the support they need.

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