My approach is simple: utilize a common sense and practical approach to arrive at real solutions for Stafford County. As your Supervisor, I will restore a common sense approach in Stafford. My priorities are to focus on growing jobs and the economy, transportation improvements, and the quality of our children’s education to create a better quality of life for middle-class families.
I am a proud father of three children, all of whom received education through the Virginia public school system. Two of my five grandchildren are currently enrolled in Stafford elementary schools. Prior to running for public office my wife, Kay, and I were also founding members of the Colonial Forge High School Parent Teacher Student Association, and I was the school’s first PTSA president. During that time I grew to understand the complexities and financial commitment required to provide a quality education.
As a member of the House of Delegates Education Committee, I spent a great deal of time working on and advancing legislation to benefit our children and improve their learning environment.
Safety first! Our schools must be safe and harassment free. I took steps to prevent harassment by passing anti-bullying legislation and implemented prevention education in the legislature. Following the tragic death of 13-year-old Gwyneth Griffin, at her middle school, from complications from a cardiac arrest. I worked with her family and received overwhelming bipartisan support to pass legislation that requires every teacher and high school student is trained in CPR. As a result, every year the Commonwealth will graduate 80 thousand CPR trained adults into our communities.
I will continue to be a champion for schools to provide a safe environment for our children to learn and grow into productive members of society.
Transportation issues represent the single greatest challenge facing Stafford residents. Each day commuters and those who travel in our community waste thousands of hours sitting in traffic. Just going to the grocery store can be a time-consuming challenge. I commuted 30 miles north on I-95 into Northern Virginia to work, and I recognize the detriment these problems are to our quality of life, our economic productivity, and our safety on the roads.
Safety first! There is another reason why these transportation issues are the most important to me. In 2004 I lost my daughter, Emily, to a tragic car accident on Mountain View Road in Stafford. This tragedy inspired me to get involved in politics and to focus on safer roads by making transportation a priority in both Stafford and the Commonwealth. If you would like to hear more about my position on Transportation issues please watch my videos speaking on the House floor as Delegate, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM5fqPpxKNw.
In 2013, the General Assembly passed real transportation funding reform that gave us the desperately needed dollars to build and expand our roads. The revenue raised cannot be used for anything except transportation infrastructure. It will now be my priority as Supervisor to ensure that our local transportation problems are addressed.
I will champion legislation that will:
A) Reduce congestion and traffic.
B) Increase access to alternative forms of transportation.
C) Make our roads safer for our families.
D) Upgrade and increase maintenance on secondary roads.
I work hard to ensure that Stafford remains the best place to do business. Under conservative leadership on the Board of Supervisors, we enacted policies that had lowered taxes on Stafford businesses, created fiscally responsible budgets, and supported economic development.
Less regulation, investments in transportation and education, fiscal responsibility, and Virginia’s status as a right-to-work state are the recipe for job growth and a strong economy. Because of pro-growth and business efforts, I received an "A" grade from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the high legislative scores from our Prince William Chamber of Commerce while serving in the House of Delegates. I will bring that pro-business mindset back to the Board of Supervisors.
I work for you! My door is always open to assist you in any way possible. I will never forget where I came from and I pledge that I will perform my duties ethically and with honor.