Current Position: Owner of Blue Crab Company
Candidate: 2019 State Senator
Source: Campaign page
Growing up on the Eastern Shore Elizabeth Lankford learned about hard work and character. As a young girl, she was involved in her family’s agricultural business, seeing how the government can be both necessary and intrusive.
Now Elizabeth has decided to take the bold step into a run for State Senate because things haven’t gotten better while she was away. Opioids have spiraled out of control. Job growth hasn’t picked up despite the economy improving. Flooding isn’t just the same problem it was a decade ago but has gotten worse. What we have right now isn’t working. It’s time for someone to step up and not just do the bare minimum needed to get re-elected. Things have to change.
As a small businesswoman, Elizabeth knows that Right to Work enables an employee’s right to unionize while respecting those who wish to abstain. Policies such as Right to Work have helped make Virginia a top ranked state for business. To bring prosperity to the 6th district, we must support our businesses and employees.
One of the main drivers of Elizabeth’s decision to run for State Senate was the lack of success seen with job creation in this district. Better jobs mean a better economy. We need to attract young workers to come to, and stay in, the 6th district. This is not a Republican issue or Democratic issue. This is about bringing prosperity to the area. She will seek out problem solvers in Richmond, regardless of what party they are in.
This is our future. We must keep a focus on innovation in our schools and making the area appealing for the best teachers to want to work here. Elizabeth will be an advocate for Virginia’s school voucher program in Richmond.
Costs are skyrocketing for secondary education. Whether a student’s pathways lead to a four-year institution or a career tech program, we must invest in our future workforce. We are lucky to have many secondary education programs across the district and must support them and their students.
We must improve our flood prevention measures. We must improve our economy to be able to fund even more advanced measures. If you believe in climate change or not, we can all agree that what puts us in the strongest position to make necessary changes, or respond to a natural disaster, is a strong economy. That is what drives plans, innovations and improvements.
People need easier access to lifesaving cures and the government should not be in the way of innovations. Costs are too high and access is limited in the rural areas of our district. We need more options for coverage and care. This includes access to mental health care and addiction care. Opioids have taken too many lives in our community and we must reach across the aisle to create a common sense solution. We need someone to go fight for change.
In the News
Elizabeth Lankford on Thursday announced that she is running for election in Virginia’s 6th Senate District. Lankford is a Republican challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Lynwood Lewis.
Lankford, an Eastern Shore native, graduated from James Madison University and lived in Washington, D.C, before returning to the Eastern Shore.