Can you believe that October has already turned to November? On top of that, we’re just a few days away from Election Day.
In this update, I’ll share some exciting news about a recent award, discuss the new Veterans Care Centers in Virginia, tell you about a landmark moment for our environment, and update you on the state of our campaigns before you go to the polls.
I was honored to receive the Bridge Builder Award from VIRGINIAforever at their annual gala this month. This award, which has been given to both Republicans and Democrats, recognizes a Virginian who diligently works to protect Virginia’s land and water. I appreciate the unanimous selection by VIRGINIAforever executive board, which is made up of business leaders from groups such as Smithfield Foods and environmental leaders from groups such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the James River Association, the Nature Conservancy, and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia.
Cleanest Air in 20 Years
According to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the summer of 2017 had the cleanest air Virginia has seen in the last 20 years. Over the last two decades, Virginia’s air quality has been gradually improving, with pollution levels dropping 60 percent.
This is good news for Virginians, especially those of us who enjoy spending time outdoors. Cleaner air will help us all to live healthier lives.
To read the full press release from DEQ, click here.
Veterans Care Center Groundbreaking
Construction on the new Puller Veterans Care Center in Fauquier County and the Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center in Virginia Beach is now officially underway. These two new veterans care centers, administered by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS), will be open in late 2019 or early 2020 and will join existing facilities in Roanoke and Richmond. Both sites will have 128 beds and will offer exceptional, long-term care to qualifying veterans.
I was honored to carry the legislation, along with Delegate Rich Anderson and Senator Toddy Puller, authorizing the funding and construction of these two facilities. The men and women who have selflessly put their lives on the line for our freedoms deserve access to high quality health care, and these care centers are an important part of that effort.
Click here to read more about the new Puller Veterans Care Center.
Around the District
Thanks to Scouts from Pack 2806, Den 2 for allowing me to come speak to them about government. We discussed how the state and local governments, not the federal government, have the most impact on their day to day lives. Our talk on government fit in perfectly with the civics lessons they were receiving at their local elementary school.
There’s less than one week left until Election Day! Our team is hard at work during this final push. To date, we have knocked on over 10,500 doors in Chesterfield and Colonial Heights and distributed nearly 500 yard signs at homes and businesses.
Our campaign has been at events across the district. I’m thankful for everyone who opened their homes for a meet & greet and allowed me to share about our campaign with their friends and neighbors. The response we’ve received is outstanding, and we’re looking forward to a strong showing on Election Day.
Your vote is important. On November 7th, I encourage you to go to the polls and make your voice heard. If you live in Chesterfield County, you’ll also have the opportunity to vote for Tim McPeters for Commissioner of the Revenue and Carey Adams for Treasurer, both of whom are outstanding public servants who will serve the county well.
Governor, Lt. Governor, & Attorney General
On November 7th, voters will also cast a vote for a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. I’ll be voting for Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, and John Adams because I believe that they have the necessary ideas, policies, and skills to get Virginia moving in the right direction and our economy growing again. The differences between our Republican candidates and their Democratic opponents are too many to list in this email. To see a comparison between each of our Republican candidates and their opponents on the key issues impacting our state, click there name below.
Outside of session, you can contact me in my district office via phone at 526-5135; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by US mail at PO Box 1205, Colonial Heights, VA 23834.
Please visit my Facebook page and my Twitter page. These pages, along with my website, have information/links to the 2017 General Assembly session to include my legislation, visitors’ photos, my legislative survey, videos of floor remarks, and related topics.
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