Less than three years after he was elected to the Richmond School Board, Glen Sturtevant is making a run for the General Assembly.
Sturtevant, a 32-year-old attorney and father of three, is the Republican Party nominee for Virginia Senate in the 10th District. As such, he's also a key figure in the GOP's effort to maintain control of the state legislature and prevent Gov. Terry McAuliffe from expanding Medicaid to thousands of uninsured Virginians.
That's a big responsibility for a man of his youth, but Sturtevant insisted that he's up for the challenge.
"I think a lot of people want to see a new generation of leaders step forward," he said during an interview last week.
I wanted to pass on some great news. Thanks to the hard work and effort of friends like you, I was honored yesterday to become the Republican candidate for State Senate in the 10th District!
Lori and I were humbled by the incredible support offered by so many of you these last few weeks, and the trust that you have placed in me and our campaign. I promise you this: I will work hard around the clock to win this incredibly important election in November. You’ve given me a tremendous responsibility: I’m ready for the campaign, and I’m ready to go to the General Assembly to get positive things accomplished for the people of Chesterfield, Powhatan, and Richmond.
I truly believe opportunity is the pathway to a stronger Virginia. That’s exactly why I ran for School Board. I ran to help make our schools safer and more dynamic; places where all children, from all communities, can learn and thrive. I ran to make schools more fiscally responsible so we spend taxpayer dollars where they will be most effective: in the classroom. And I ran because I believe parents, students and teachers deserve greater choices in our public education system. Now I want to continue to fight for education reform in the State Senate.
And I will fight to promote private sector job creation. Let’s help people get back to work. Virginians are hurting in this economy, which has been sluggish for years, and it is time to put in place common sense policies to turn things around. As your Senator, my focus every day will be to meet our challenges with solutions that grow our economy and create opportunity in Virginia. Let’s reduce the tax burden and make it easier for families to save and businesses to grow. I’ll support a strong free-market where all businesses can thrive and create good-paying jobs, and I’ll lower the tax burden so you keep more of what you earn. And I’ll push to make government more efficient, transparent, and accountable to its owners: you.
These common sense conservative principles will make our Commonwealth stronger, with more opportunity and jobs all across Chesterfield, Powhatan, and Richmond.
I am honored to be the Republican candidate for State Senate in the 10th District. I’m going to work hard to win this election from now through November. I hope you’ll join our campaign, and support our effort. Together, we will win this race.
Delegate Ware Has Represented Portions of Powhatan and Chesterfield Counties Since 1998
***He is the First General Assembly Member to Endorse, and the 10th Elected Official to Endorse Sturtevant***
Powhatan -- Delegate Lee Ware, who has represented the 65th District in the House of Delegates since 1998, announced today his endorsement of Glen Sturtevant for Virginia State Senate in the 10th District. Delegate Ware is serving his 9th term in the General Assembly and has risen as a leader in the Republican Party and House of Delegates. He is currently on four major House committees, including serving as Chairman of the House Finance Committee. The 65th district includes a large portion of the 10th Senate district, including all of Powhatan County and most of Midlothian in Chesterfield.
"The need to secure a worthy successor to Senator John Watkins for the 10th District seat in the State Senate is rightly one of the highest priorities for Republicans across the Commonwealth this year," said Delegate Lee Ware. "Fortunately, in Glen Sturtevant, we have just the candidate to carry our standard in November. Meantime, we need to emerge from the primary elections with our ranks unified and with a candidate of clear convictions and broad appeal to voters in a district that consists of not only Powhatan but a swath of Chesterfield and several precincts in Richmond. Rarely do I make endorsements in primary contests. An exception is Glen Sturtevant, whose candidacy I am pleased to endorse and to recommend to my fellow Republicans. Truly, in keeping with his campaign thrust, Glen offers us the opportunity of rallying "a new generation of conservative leadership" within the State Senate. I tip my hat to the other good men seeking our nomination, and thank them for stepping forward. That Glen Sturtevant, with a proven record of leadership on the Richmond School Board, with a clarion call to sound principles of governance, and with an appeal that can attract many voters beyond our own party, is the candidate best able to win at the polls in November makes him an early and enthusiastic endorsement from me."
Statements of Glen Sturtevant on Decisions of Steve Thomas and Bruce Tyler to End State Senate Candidacies in 10th District
RICHMOND - Republican state senate candidate Glen Sturtevant issued statements today following news that both of the other candidates in the Republican nomination contest, Steve Thomas and Bruce Tyler, are ending their candidacies.
Speaking about Steve Thomas, Sturtevant remarked, "This morning, Steve Thomas announced that he will withdraw his name from consideration for the Republican nomination for State Senate in the 10th district. I would like to congratulate Steve and his family on his exciting new career opportunity in Texas. I would also like to thank Steve for his contributions to this race. He has been an important and effective conservative voice for many years in Virginia, including during his service as 3rd district representative to the Republican Party State Central Committee. I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."
After news this evening that Bruce Tyler was also ending his campaign, Sturtevant noted, "For years, Bruce Tyler has dedicated himself to serving the people of Richmond. As a councilman, small businessman, and an engaged and committed member of the Richmond-area community, Bruce has rightly earned a reputation as a man of character and dedication. I know today’s decision was not an easy one for him. Anyone who steps into the arena of public service sacrifices greatly and I truly respect Bruce for all that he has done, and all that I know he will continue to do for the people of our region in the years ahead."
"I have spoken to Bruce. I thanked him for his endorsement and I told him I look forward to working together now to move forward as a united and strong Republican Party into what is a critical election this November for Powhatan, Chesterfield, Richmond and all of Virginia. Our Commonwealth faces many challenges. I’m running to bring a common-sense conservative voice to the General Assembly to stand up for taxpayers, make state government more accountable and efficient, and provide new educational opportunities for all students, in all schools. I look forward to continuing to share that positive message and that vision with voters in Powhatan, Chesterfield and Richmond in the weeks and months ahead.”
Richard "Dickie" Cox is the Ninth Local Elected Leader to Endorse Sturtevant for Senate in past 2 weeks
Powhatan -- The Honorable Richard "Dickie" K. Cox, Commonwealth's Attorney in Powhatan County announced today that he will endorse Glen Sturtevant for Virginia State Senate in the 10th district. Dickie Cox, who was elected as an Independent and endorsed by the Republican committee, joins a growing list of local elected leaders who have endorsed Glen Sturtevant for State Senate. In the past two weeks, nine local elected leaders have pledged their support for helping Glen win this campaign in the June primary and November's General Election.
"Glen is a hardworking conservative candidate who will go to the capitol and fight for the people of the 10th district," said Cox. "I look forward to working with him on policies that will grow our economy and ensure public safety."
"It is an honor to have the support of a great leader and veteran who has dedicated his life to serving the citizens of the Commonwealth," said Glen Sturtevant. "He is the type of servant leader that has worked hard throughout his career to improve the quality of life for all Virginians, and I look forward to working with him in the Senate."
Mr. Cox has spent his career serving the people of Virginia and his country. Prior to his countywide election as Commonwealth's Attorney Cox spent 23 years as a prosecutor, served as a Chesterfield police officer for nine years, and he is a veteran of the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division.