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Statement of State Senator John Watkins on 10th District Race

For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Brown
Campaign Manager
(804) 601-4046
matt@glensturtevant.com

Statement of State Senator John Watkins on 10th District Race

*** Watkins Retiring After Three Terms Representing District; Has Strongly Endorsed Glen Sturtevant ***

CHESTERFIELD - With Governor Terry McAuliffe set to headline a campaign rally for Democratic candidate Dan Gecker this afternoon, State Senator John Watkins, who represented the 10th District for the last 18 years before announcing his retirement, issued the following statement on the race:

“For nearly 18 years I’ve had the honor of representing Chesterfield, Powhatan and Richmond in the state senate. I’ve learned the challenges facing this district, and I’ve been honored to play a role in addressing them, and getting results for the people who live here. That’s what public service is all about: getting results. That’s why I’m so proud to support Glen Sturtevant in this campaign. Glen cares about the people of the 10th District, and he is committed to bringing people together to get results and make life better for all of us.

Glen has been endorsed by leaders right here in the 10th District. That’s because we know Glen will keep taxes low and get spending in check. He will fight for education reforms to ensure every student gets to attend a great school, and our teachers get the pay raises they need and deserve. And he’ll make state government more accountable to its owners: the taxpayers. Glen is a voice of reason and a common-sense leader. That’s why he has earned endorsements from both Republicans and Democrats. That’s why the Richmond Times-Dispatch has endorsed him. That’s why groups from the National Federation of Independent Business, the voice of our small business owners, to the Virginia Farm Bureau have endorsed him. Glen brings people together.

I’ve been so honored to serve as the State Senator for this district. Now, I’m asking the voters of Chesterfield, Powhatan and Richmond to join me this Tuesday in voting for Glen Sturtevant. Glen Sturtevant is an optimistic, positive leader we can trust. He’s earned my vote. I know he will serve this district with honor and character."

About Glen Sturtevant

Glen Sturtevant was elected to the Richmond City School Board in 2012.  While on the School Board, Glen has led the efforts to audit every department of Richmond Public Schools and similarly to support the online posting of the school system’s check register so that taxpayers can see exactly where their dollars are spent.  Glen was the driving force behind moving Richmond Public Schools to a zero-based budget.  Just like the private sector, Glen believes that the educational system should justify how taxpayer dollars are spent to ensure they are directed to the classroom, and not an ever-expanding bureaucracy.

He is a practicing attorney, and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by his peers and was honored with the Virginia State Bar Service Award.  Glen has undertaken efforts to provide pro bono legal services to survivors of natural disasters and mass emergencies across the Commonwealth.

Glen is a product of Virginia’s public schools, and received his undergraduate degree from Catholic University and his law degree from George Mason University. Glen has been married to Lori, a public school teacher, for more than a decade and they have three children: Ethan (6), Reed (3), and Emily (2).

To learn more about Glen and his campaign please visit: http://www.glensturtevant.com


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BIG NEWS: RTD Endorses Glen!

 

Richmond Times-Dispatch Endorses Glen Sturtevant for Virginia Senate


Our campaign is thrilled to announce that the Richmond Times-Dispatch has endorsed Glen Sturtevant for the Virginia State Senate!

In their endorsement, the Times-Dispatch praises Glen for his “thoughtful independence" and "temperamental moderation".  

"We endorse Republican Glen Sturtevant, who appears likely to embody the thoughtful independence that defined Watkins’ exceptional career. Sturtevant, a member of Richmond’s School Board, belongs to the GOP’s reform wing and stands in the philosophical mainstream. He supports changes to make merit the basis for judicial selection, would restrain governmental overreach and understands the role Virginia can play in national energy policy... Sturtevant would bring to the Senate the intellectual curiosity and temperamental moderation the GOP needs."


 To read the full endorsement, please click here.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch joins a growing group of organizations and officials from across the 10th District, and across the political spectrum, who have endorsed Glen’s campaign. This is a further indication of the vast bipartisan support and momentum behind our positive campaign as we head into the last week of the race.  A full list of Glen’s endorsements are below.

With only 9 days left until the election, I appreciate all the support and encouragement you have given to Glen and our campaign throughout this election cycle. Now, let’s finish strong and win this race for the people of Chesterfield, Powhatan and Richmond!

Best,



Matt Brown



Endorsements:

Senator John Watkins
Delegate Manoli Loupassi
Delegate Roxann Robinson
Delegate Lee Ware
Chesterfield Sheriff Karl Leonard
Powhatan Sheriff Gregory Neal
Chesterfield's Commonwealth's Attorney William "Billy" Davenport
Powhatan's Commonwealth's Attorney Richard "Dickie" Cox
Chesterfield's Clerk of the Court Wendy Hughes
Chesterfield's Treasurer Richard Cordle
Chesterfield's Commissioner of the Revenue Joseph Horbal
Former Democrat Delegate Alex McMurtrie, Jr.
Retired Powhatan Sheriff Nelson Batterson
Retired Chesterfield Sheriff Clarence G. Williams Jr. 
Richmond Times-Dispatch
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Virginia Farm Bureau's AgPAC
NRA
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Sturtevant Campaign Launches New Spot Responding to Bloomberg Attack Ads

For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Brown
Campaign Manager
(804) 601-4046
matt@glensturtevant.com

Sturtevant Campaign Launches New Spot Responding to Bloomberg Attack Ads

**New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Democrat Dan Gecker Coordinating Historic Negative Outside Spending Effort**

CHESTERFIELD- Following the news that billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has launched one of the biggest outside spending efforts in Virginia legislative election history, all in the form of negative attack ads against Glen Sturtevant, the Sturtevant campaign has hit the air to respond. In the ad, voters are reminded of how dependent the desperate campaign of Democrat Dan Gecker now is on massive spending from an out-of-state billionaire, and Glen, the father of three young children under the age of 6, speaks directly to the camera about his strong zero-tolerance policy for gun violence and his commitment to supporting mental health reforms to prevent tragedies from occurring. To see the ad, please click here or on the video below.

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In addition to this new ad, local law enforcement leaders are rallying behind Sturtevant as he faces this onslaught of out-of-state big money. In a statement issued Wednesday evening, a former Attorney General of Virginia, the current sheriffs of Chesterfield and Powhatan, and the Commonwealth’s Attorneys in Chesterfield and Powhatan, and Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney of Chesterfield, stated: “All of us have served the Commonwealth in public safety positions. We are all dedicated to keeping Virginia families and communities safe. Shame on Mayor Bloomberg for spending his money trying to mislead the residents of Chesterfield, Richmond and Powhatan. Mayor Bloomberg is wrong. Those of us who have served in public safety and live here know the truth about Glen’s record, his character and his unwavering commitment to keeping Virginia families safe.”

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Statement of Richmond Area Public Safety Leaders on Michael Bloomberg Ad In Virginia 10th District Senate Race

For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Brown
Campaign Manager
(804) 601-4046
matt@glensturtevant.com

Statement of Richmond Area Public Safety Leaders on Michael Bloomberg Ad In Virginia 10th District Senate Race


“Those of us who have served in public safety, and live here, know the truth about Glen’s record, his character and his unwavering commitment to keeping Virginia families safe.”

CHESTERFIELD- A number of Richmond-area public safety leaders issued the following statement tonight regarding a new television ad from a group created by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that says: “He’ll (Glen Sturtevant) make Virginia families less safe.”

“All of us have served the Commonwealth in public safety positions. We are all dedicated to keeping Virginia families and communities safe. That is why we are so offended by this new attack ad from billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Glen Sturtevant is the father of three beautiful little children, all under the age of five. He is committed to ensuring they grow up in a Commonwealth where they, and all children, will be happy and secure. As a School Board member he has worked tirelessly to help improve Richmond’s public schools. He also has family members who have been personally touched by some of the most tragic shootings in our recent history. 

Glen cares about the people of the 10th District. He’s running to make our entire Commonwealth safer and stronger. He’s a friend of law enforcement and our brave men and women in uniform.  That’s why all of us, who live here in the Richmond area unlike Mayor Bloomberg, have endorsed Glen for State Senate. 

Shame on Mayor Bloomberg for spending his money trying to mislead the residents of Chesterfield, Richmond and Powhatan. Mayor Bloomberg is wrong. Those of us who have served in public safety and live here know the truth about Glen’s record, his character and his unwavering commitment to keeping Virginia families safe.”

Jerry Kilgore
Former Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Former Secretary of Public Safety of the Commonwealth of Virginia 

Sheriff Karl Leonard
Sheriff of Chesterfield County 

Sheriff Greg Neal
Sheriff of Powhatan County

Billy Davenport
Commonwealth's Attorney, Chesterfield County

Richard "Dickie" Cox
Commonwealth's Attorney, Powhatan County

John Childrey
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, Chesterfield County

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At 10th District Forum, Dan Gecker Opposes Domestic Energy Production Crucial to Job Creation in Virginia

For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Brown
Campaign Manager
(804) 601-4046
matt@glensturtevant.com



At 10th District Forum, Dan Gecker Opposes Domestic Energy Production Crucial to Job Creation in Virginia

Gecker Breaks with Governor in Opposing Natural Gas Development that McAuliffe has Called a “Game Changer” for Virginia Economy

Also at Odds with Democratic Senators Warner and Kaine in Standing Against Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration and Development that Could Mean Thousands of Jobs in Commonwealth; Billions in Economic Activity

Sturtevant: “Virginians need good paying jobs and affordable energy. The two go hand in hand. It is incredibly disappointing to see my opponent go so far to the extreme left when our economy is still in a period of recovery. We need economic growth and opportunity in the 10th District, and that is why I strongly support greater domestic energy production.”

***Ironically, Gecker Then Took Credit for Bringing Project to Chesterfield that is Dependent Upon Natural Gas Distribution He Said He Opposes***


Chesterfield
 - Democratic State Senate nominee Dan Gecker broke with the leaders of his own Party last night in strongly opposing domestic energy production and distribution efforts crucial to Virginia’s future economic growth. At the 10th District Town Hall sponsored by Virginia 21, Gecker said he is opposed to the natural gas production and development that Governor Terry McAuliffe has championed as a "game changer" for Virginia's economy. Gecker also noted he also opposes offshore oil exploration and development in Virginia that is backed by Governor McAuliffe, Senator Kaine and Senator Warner. Collectively, these energy projects have been estimated to mean billions in revenue for Virginia, thousands of jobs, and keep energy costs low for our community.

In a moment of unintended irony, during the same forum in which he strongly opposed the development and distribution of domestic energy resources, Dan Gecker tried to take credit for bringing Shandong Tranlin Paper Co. to Chesterfield, which Governor McAuliffe said was directly related to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the availability of natural gas. In an article by the Washington Post about the project, Governor McAuliffe said, “This pipeline will now give us very cheap gas... Southside, Southwest Virginia — they’ve lost coal, textile, furniture, tobacco. Great, hard–working folks, great workforce. But in order to bring those businesses to Virginia and away from China, which we have done, is through cheap energy.” McAuliffe continued noting, "The only reason I'm in the game moving these companies to Virginia is because of this pipeline." 

Speaking about Dan Gecker’s leftward lurch, Glen Sturtevant remarked, "In the Virginia Senate, I will be committed to supporting common sense energy policies that will grow our Virginia economy and create good paying jobs in the 10th District. Last year, Virginia saw zero percent growth in GDP, and over the past four years, we've had less than one percent annual growth. Virginians cannot afford to limit our economic opportunity by following the kind of radical policies that my opponent advocates. Dan Gecker’s energy policy would drive up electricity costs, reduce energy reliability, and cost Virginia thousands of jobs. I’m incredibly disappointed that in this economy anyone running for the State Senate would put forward such out of touch and potentially economically devastating ideas. We need more affordable energy and more jobs, and I’m committed to supporting policies that make that happen.”

A video of Glen Sturtevant’s question to Mr. Gecker, and Mr. Gecker’s response, can be viewed by clicking here.

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