Election 2015 Candidate Statements: Steve Landes (Incumbent Candidate for Delegate from the 25th District)

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Steve Landes

Incumbent Candidate for Delegate from the 25th District

Del. Steve Landes
Del. Steve Landes

It is an honor and privilege to serve the residents of the 25th District. I have enjoyed my service in the General Assembly and I am proud of the work we have accomplished. I ask for your vote on November 3rd because I want to continue that work to ensure that the Commonwealth of Virginia, especially the Piedmont Regions and Shenandoah Valley, remain a great place to live, work and raise a family.

During my tenure in the General Assembly, I have always been a thoughtful and principled legislator who is committed to serving my constituents to the best of my ability and always doing so while remaining faithful to the U.S. and Virginia Constitutions, as required by the oath that I have taken to uphold.

I’ve spoken with many of you during this campaign. Hearing your concerns, ideas and vision for Virginia helps guide me as we face many difficult choices in the General Assembly. Jobs and the economy continue to be a top concern with the people to whom I speak. Keeping Virginia’s economy moving forward remains my top priority. I will continue the fight to lower taxes and reduce the burdensome government regulations that all too often stifle economic growth, while exploring ways to expand our economy, including reforms to our K-12 and Higher Education systems in Virginia.

Over the years I have worked with members on both sides of the aisle and I will continue to work with legislators and the Governor on policies that will advance the Commonwealth’s interests. I will never compromise on the conservative principles that guide me. I will continue to explore ways to provide additional services for Virginians in need and seek ways to reform and improve the programs we currently have in place.

In Crozet, I helped secure a $125,000 state grant for the “Build Crozet Library” project. I did so because I know the importance of this library for the families of Western Albemarle County. Recently, I travelled with the Governor to Georgia to explore ways to bolster biosciences here in Virginia. There is tremendous work being done in biosciences here in Albemarle County and I believe Virginia can be one of the national leaders in bioscience.

I’ve fought for reductions in the state’s Standards of Learning tests, advanced the establishment of charter schools, and expanded school funding. I carried legislation that established the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID) to spur economic development across the Commonwealth. In fact, earlier this year Kelley Turkeys USA was awarded a $29,000 AFID Grant for their operation in Western Albemarle County. As a budget conferee, I helped pass a responsible budget that resulted in Virginia ending the fiscal year with a $553 million dollar revenue surplus.

Over the course of this year, I have campaigned person-to-person and town-to-town. You may not agree with every vote I cast, but you’ll always know that the votes I cast are well thought out, well reasoned and in the best interest of the people of the three counties I represent, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. On November 3rd, I ask for your vote.

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