Benton Chafin

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2014

Benton Chafin is a strong advocate who will fight bad policy from Richmond and Washington that undermines our values, our coal industries, and our jobs.

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia in the House and the Senate, Ben successfully sponsored and passed a bill that counters the EPA’s assault on our coal jobs. He has voted to defend our 2nd Amendment rights, voted against tax increases, and stood for life and traditional marriage.

George McCall

Current Position: Executive Chairman, First Sentinel Bank
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Benton ChafinBenton Chafin

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2014

Benton Chafin is a strong advocate who will fight bad policy from Richmond and Washington that undermines our values, our coal industries, and our jobs.

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia in the House and the Senate, Ben successfully sponsored and passed a bill that counters the EPA’s assault on our coal jobs. He has voted to defend our 2nd Amendment rights, voted against tax increases, and stood for life and traditional marriage.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2014

Benton Chafin is a strong advocate who will fight bad policy from Richmond and Washington that undermines our values, our coal industries, and our jobs.

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia in the House and the Senate, Ben successfully sponsored and passed a bill that counters the EPA’s assault on our coal jobs. He has voted to defend our 2nd Amendment rights, voted against tax increases, and stood for life and traditional marriage.

About

A. Benton Chafin

Source: Campaign page

Ben Chafin currently represents the 38th District in the Senate of Virginia. He was first elected to the Senate in 2014.  Before being elected to the Senate, Ben served the 4th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.Southwest Virginia needs a strong advocate who will fight bad policy from Richmond and Washington that undermines our values, our coal industries, and our jobs.

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia in the House and the Senate, Ben successfully sponsored and passed a bill that counters the EPA’s assault on our coal jobs. He has voted to defend our 2nd Amendment rights, voted against tax increases, and stood for life and traditional marriage.

Ben Chafin is a native of Russell County. As a child, he worked on his family farm. As a teenager, he worked part-time after school at a local meat packing plant. Ben attended East Tennessee State University (B.A., 1982) so he could fulfill his obligations to the family farm by returning home most weekends. After earning his degree, he attended the University of Richmond School of Law (J.D., 1985). Ben and his sister were the first in his family to graduate from college.

Returning to Russell County after earning his law degree, Ben started Chafin & Chafin PC, now Chafin Law Firm PC, which is located across from the courthouse in Lebanon. He practices law throughout Southwest Virginia.

 

Ben is the owner and operator of a beef-cattle farm in Moccasin Valley. He serves on the the board of First Bank & Trust Company, which has branches throughout Virginia and Eastern Tennessee. Ben is a current member and former president of the Russell County Rotary. He is also an avid outdoorsman who regularly enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping.

Ben is married to Lora Lee (Carr) Chafin, a teacher in Russell County Public Schools. A Russell County native, Lora has dedicated her life to helping students learn. Ben and Lora are the proud parents of three children. The Chafin family worships at Community Heights Church in Lebanon.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • Jd
    University of Richmond
  • BA
    East Tennessee State University

Personal

Born in Abingdon, Virginia on May 18, 1960

Married Lora Carr Chafin

Membership & Affiliation

Community Heights Church in Lebanon.

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Matthew Ogburn, Tamara Plaster

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E514
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7538

District Office
P. O. Box 1210
Lebanon, VA 24266
Phone: (276) 889-1044
Fax: (276) 889-1121

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Chafin established his own law firm in 1986. He represented the Russell County Industrial Development Authority as counsel.

Chafin was elected to represent the fourth district in the Virginia House of Delegates in the 2013 elections. He ran in a special election to the Virginia Senate. He was elected with 59.55% of the vote on August 19, 2014, in a special election. Chafin’s victory tipped control of the Virginia Senate back to the Republicans, 21 to 19, after Democrats won control with the swearing-in of Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northamfollowing the 2013 general election.

Chafin succeeded Democrat Phillip Puckett, who resigned his seat following the 2014 General Assembly regular session. Previously, Chafin had represented the Fourth District in the Virginia House of Delegates, to which he was elected without opposition in November 2013, succeeding conservative Democrat Joseph P. Johnson. The Fourth comprises Dickenson County and parts of Russell, Wise, and Washington Counties.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

A. Benton Chafin, Jr. (R)30,29563.52%
George W. McCall III ()16,87435.38%
Write-In (Write-in)5211.09%
TOTAL47,690

2015 State SenatorArray

Benton Chafin (R)31,02598.3%
Write In (Write-in)5371.7%
TOTAL31,562

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

CHAFIN JR, A BENTON has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,207,229.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission
Coal and Energy, Virginia Commission on
Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation
Southwest Virginia Health Authority
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Board of Trustees
Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium Governing Board
Subcommittee #1 Agriculture
Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
Volunteer Firefighter’s and Rescue Squad Worker’s Service Award Fund Board

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

2nd Amendment

Ben Chafin has a consistent and steadfast record of defending our Second Amendment rights and protecting your right to bear arms. Ben is a hunter and avid outdoorsman who will always fight to protect our Constitutional gun rights.

Economy

As a small business owner, member of the Tobacco Commission, and leader in economic development, Ben Chafin has focused on growing industries and creating jobs in Southwest Virginia.  In addition to supporting current industries and jobs in Southwest Virginia, it is paramount we towards diversifying the economy and creating new jobs in Southwest Virginia.That is exactly what Ben Chafin has been doing in the General Assembly. A strong supporter of projects like the Clinch River State Park and Spearhead Trails, Ben has sponsored legislation and budget amendments in order to help the growing tourism industry in Southwest Virginia.  As your representative, Ben works very closely with local governments, economic development and tourism agencies, and Industrial Development Authorities to promote the region to prospective employers to bring new jobs to Southwest Virginia.Ben Chafin knows that over-burdensome government regulation hurts the economy and stunts job growth. Ben will focus on eliminating job-killing regulations, fighting for lower taxes, and creating an environment where business can thrive.

Education

As your representative, one of Senator Chafin’s top priorities is education.  Since he was first elected, he has successfully carried several pieces of legislation and budget amendments to increase teacher salaries and bring more school funding to Southwest Virginia.In recognition of his hard work supporting education, the Virginia Education Association named Senator Chafin the 2016 Legislator of the Year and awarded him his third consecutive Education Legislative Champion Award.During the 2016 General Assembly Session, Senator Chafin carried legislation creating a statewide health insurance pool for local governments and school systems. The new plan will give localities the option to pool their employees together in order to reduce insurance costs, creating more stability for the localities and their employees.It is fiscally conservative and cost effective to allow these localities to buy into the new plan rather than purchase their own smaller health insurance plan. Most importantly, teachers, school employees, and local employees will likely see lower health insurance costs resulting in more take home pay. It is a common sense solution that will help local budgets while also helping teachers and local employees.

Life and Traditional Marriage

We live in a time where the values and institutions of Southwest Virginia are ignored by Richmond, Washington, and the media. Ben Chafin is a man of faith who is devoted to preserving the family and defending our traditional values. Ben believes that marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman, that life begins at conception, and that our freedom to worship God and express our faith must be protected. Ben will continue to stand up for our values and defend our institutions as your representative in Richmond.

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George McCall IIIGeorge McCall

Current Position: Executive Chairman, First Sentinel Bank
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Executive Chairman, First Sentinel Bank
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

George McCall

Source: Campaign page

Driven by a deep passion for Southwestern Virginia, faith in the Lord, and support for the Trump Agenda, George McCall is committed to draining the swamp in Richmond – where the values that have long made our nation great have become a source of mockery and derision.

Born in Richlands, VA to G.W. “Bill” McCall, Jr. and Vivian Sewell McCall, George learned at a young age a lesson quoted by his grandfather: “We all breathe the same air and put our pants on the same way, one leg at a time.” Since then, George has been a fierce believer that all people deserve to be treated fairly – with no one receiving special treatment because of their socio-economic status or connections to power.

His grandfather was a strong leader, former Mayor of Richlands, entrepreneur, and successful businessman who also taught George, “the more money there is in circulation, the more opportunities there are for everyone.” To pursue a path toward creating more prosperity and opportunity for his community, George attended the University of Richmond and graduated from Richmond College, where he studied Economics.
George went to work for Grundy National Bank in 1978. He met his future wife, Lyn, while in Grundy, and they married in 1984. They welcomed their first child, Haley, in 1986, and their son, Connor, was born in 1988. In 1989, George went to work for First Sentinel Bank (formerly Sentinel Savings Bank) in Richlands, VA and commuted for 7 years before moving his family to Richlands.

Currently, George serves as the Executive Chairman of First Sentinel Bank. There, he has established a strong track record of financial achievement, executive leadership, and played a crucial role in the creation of countless local jobs.

In 2015, George became an early and strong supporter of Donald Trump and a strong voice for his election here in Southwestern Virginia. Seeing all that President Trump has been able to do to Make America Great Again, despite opposition from all sides, is a source of inspiration to George as he seeks to fight against the stranglehold the radical left and political establishment has on our Commonwealth.

A fixture of our community, George knows how to lead and, just as importantly, he’s committed to service. Through his involvement in the life and economy of District 38, he knows firsthand that our representation has been inadequate. With all his insider connections, my opponent has chosen to use those to help his buddies, not advance our district.

That changes with State Senator George McCall.

Throughout his life, George has been an active member of the community, serving as chairman of the board of trustees at his church, chairman of the board of trustees at the local hospital, treasurer of the local little league baseball/softball association, and treasurer of the Sons of the American Revolution, and more.

He is also a proud member of the NRA and the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Along with banking, George continues to enjoy raising beef cattle, which he has done for over 20 years.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

Source

  • Treasurer, Sons of the American Revolution
  • Member, National Rifle Association 
  • Member, Virginia Citizens Defense League

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
P. O. Box 309, Richlands, Virginia 24641

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook

Issues

Governance

President Trump

Our president is doing a phenomenal job against incredible odds – with intense opposition from the media, the radical Democrat Party, and even establishment Republicans. George McCall proudly supports President Trump, and he will be a strong MAGA voice in the Virginia Senate.

Civil Rights

Life

ALL human life is sacred – loved and designed by our Creator. Because of this, George is pro-life and will never back down. With a wave of legislation sweeping the nation that protects the unborn, Ralph Northam’s Virginia stands in stark contrast – with a radical proposal for infanticide. No more! As our senator, George will be the bold voice for life that we so desperately need.

First Amendment

The right to free speech and free exercise of religion was under intense assault under the Obama Administration, and that same leftist worldview still permeates much of the judicial system and the entire Northam Administration. George McCall will fight for our rights and for our religious freedom.

Economy

Taxes

What you make, you earned. The government does not know how to spend your money better than you do, and we must curtail excess taxation. As our senator, George will be a strong voice for taxpayers and for smaller, more limited government.

Regulation

Government keeps sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong. It can’t tell us what to do on our property, how to run our businesses, or dictate to our coal industry how to operate and produce. Advanced technology has allowed for cleaner and more efficient mining with less impact on the environment – because the free market, not government interference, is what drives progress and innovation. George McCall will be a force for cutting red tape and regulation in Richmond.

Jobs

George McCall is the ONLY candidate in this race who is a businessman and job creator, NOT an attorney. We have enough attorneys in Richmond who know how to talk and create insider deals, but we don’t have enough business leaders who know what it takes to produce jobs and a thriving economy. That’s why we need George McCall in the State Senate, fighting for wealth and opportunity for our district.

Agriculture

Agriculture plays a significant role in the Southwestern Virginia economy, and it always will. George is committed to encouraging our farmers and ranchers, listening to their needs, and seeing the industry grow, thrive, and provide full-time employment to the citizens of District 38.

Education

Richmond doesn’t know best what your child needs. Parents should be the decision makers for their children. Teachers should be empowered and rewarded. Local school boards should have the authority needed to execute the right path for their communities. It’s time to get back to the values, local decision-making, and common sense that made our education system great in the first place. George McCall will work to restore the right to faith in our schools, ensure our classrooms are fully funded, and provide our parents, school boards, and teachers with the tools they need to raise up Virginia’s most valuable resource – our children.

Immigration

Only citizens can vote. Only citizens should receive government services. Only citizens or those with legal visas should be in our country. A staunch foe of illegal immigration, George will work to make certain our laws are enforced and that no illegal alien EVER casts a vote in Virginia.

Safety

Second Amendment

Our right to keep and bear arms shall NOT be infringed. Sadly, the Left cares nothing for our Constitution and continues to attack this fundamental right. George is the pro-gun voice we need in Richmond who will work to repeal laws that infringe upon the 2nd Amendment and proactively work to restore our ability to have and to carry our guns.

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