For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Brown
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