Henrico County VA

House of Delegates - 62nd District

1. Why should residents of your district elect you?
The residents should elect me because I use the common sense approach in representing the people.  I am always willing to listen.

2. What will be your top focus if elected? Top focus if elected is economic development that creates jobs.

3. What is the most critical issue 1) facing your district? 2) facing the state as a whole? How do you propose to address these?  In this district, the most critical issue is the need for steady employment.  The state as a whole is also employment and transportation.   For job creation we need to keep taxes low and give incentives to employers and industry that will relocate to Virginia.  Our unemployment rate is  roughly 6.5 percent while nationwide, the unemployment rate is more than 9 percent.  We are fortunate here in Virginia that we have a good reputation for business.  Speaking of transportation, no one wants to pay tolls and no one wants a gasoline tax increase.  However, transportation goes along with creating jobs and economic development.  When I am at different speaking engagements, I ask the public if they have a choice between a gasoline tax and tolls which do they prefer.  Their response is they will accept tolls as long as the residents of Virginia get a break compared to what the out of state travelers will pay.

4. How will you involve citizens in matters of government? I will involve citizens in matters of government by asking their opinions.  What the people of my district think is important to me.  I always encourage citizen input prior to, during and after Session.

5. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend? On the weekends during the summer I like to go with my family to the beach or play golf.

6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of?  I am a member of the Hopewell Rotary Club, the Hopewell Moose Lodge, the Masonic Lodge, the AHEPA, Ducks Unlimited, T.E. Peterson Chapter Wild Turkey Federation,   American Legion, the City Point Ruritan Club, a Life Member of the Hopewell Jaycees, member of the Richard Bland College Foundation Board, a member of the Jamestown-Yorktown Board, a member of the BB&T Richmond Advisory Board.

7. Additional information: I serve as chair of the House Counties, Cities and Towns Committee, a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Privileges and Elections Committee and have served as delegate since 1992. Your vote on Nov. 8 will be appreciated.
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