Education: K-12 education remains a top focus for many parents throughout the New River Valley, and for a good reason: education is the first legacy we leave our children. It is the foundation for success. My wife, Catherine, and I have three children who attend public schools. Getting kids back to school is essential - every child deserves the opportunity to receive quality in-person education. Too many students in Southwest Virginia have received unequal treatment because politicians and bureaucrats have failed to follow the science and reopen schools safely. The Commonwealth has some of the finest public schools, universities, and higher education in the country. I am committed to bolstering smart investment in Virginia's education system and fighting for more vocational education in our public schools I will fight for local control, school choice, and for the fundamental principle that parents are best suited to make smart choices for their children’s education, not Richmond politicians.
Broadband Internet: Having access to high-quality broadband internet is vital for modern-day life. It provides us with easier access to healthcare, a quality education, and the ability for our local businesses to succeed via e-commerce. COVID-19 has reminded us of many areas that need a greater focus in Virginia. Children and parents both have been forced to study and work from home, and many have been left behind due to the inability to stay connected with the world around them. Our children deserve quality access to broadband internet in order for them to receive a quality education, which leads to greater opportunities as adults. For too long, our region has been left behind. In Richmond, I will make sure that our region receives the broadband resources to make us competitive with the rest of the Commonwealth and to attract businesses and entrepreneurs back to our region.
Economic Growth: As an established small business owner in Giles County, I understand the unique challenges and opportunities of creating a 21st Century economy that works for all of Southwest Virginia. To do this, we must efficiently utilize our skilled workforce, foster innovation by eliminating job-killing regulations, pass common-sense policy, modernize Virginia through improvements to infrastructure, and provide an education system that ensures our graduates are career-ready. I see Southwest Virginia's potential to serve as the Commonwealth's economic engine, leading the nation in technology and energy innovation, and I know that quality public education and a robust transportation infrastructure will help us get there.
Constitutional Liberties and 2nd Amendment: Over the past two years, with Democrats fully in control in Richmond, we saw countless anti-2nd Amendment bills advanced by far-left politicians from Northern Virginia. All of these bills infringe on our Constitutional rights as guaranteed by our forefathers. I will stand up for your 2nd Amendment rights along with the rest of our civil liberties. As a Soldier and a lawyer, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and that is exactly what I will do in Richmond.
Support for Law Enforcement: I stand strong with the men and women in law enforcement who keep our families safe from harm. Keeping our communities and neighborhoods safe is essential to providing a quality education for our children, allowing businesses to operate and thrive, and getting Virginia's economy back on track. I will relentlessly fight to ensure our officers have the training and resources needed to best serve every community. This starts with fully funding our police force, prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law, and holding persons accountable for the crime that they have committed. We must protect victims and punish criminals. I will be a strong advocate for law enforcement in Richmond and will oppose the ever popular “cancel culture” and extreme efforts to defund the police.
Healthcare: Access to affordable healthcare is vital to our region and is one of the many lessons that COVID-19 has taught us. Every person should have access to quality healthcare and at affordable price that is driven by the free market economy. It is also imperative that healthcare continues to evolve and embrace telemedicine and more over-the-counter treatments. In Southwest Virginia, telemedicine can provide residents with easy and affordable access to a medical professional, which can make a world of difference in overall health of our residents.
Agriculture: The agriculture industry is the backbone of Southwest Virginia. It is the largest
private industry in the Commonwealth, providing over $70 billion in annual economic impact and over 334,000 jobs. Yet, regulations and government red tape in Richmond are making farming more difficult and less profitable. We must do more to ease the burdens on the agriculture industry to allow our rural Virginians to make a reasonable living. In Richmond, I will advocate for more agricultural education, new technology, and common-sense ways to keep our farmers feeding our families.
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