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Del. James Edmunds announces re-election bid

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Del. James Edmunds II on Friday announced his plans to seek re-election to a fifth two-year term in the Virginia House of Delegates.

First elected in 2008, Delegate Edmunds represents the 60th District in the Virginia House of Delegate and covers all of Charlotte, Halifax and Prince Edward Counties, and a portion of Campbell.

“For the past eight years, I have had the honor of representing the 60th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. I remain committed to the values and traditions we hold so dear here in rural Southern Virginia,” Edmunds said.

“As our State continues to grow, rural influence continues to diminish. During my term, I have forged respectful relationships with legislators in the more urban areas of our state which allows me to more effectively represent our area and to work for the best solutions possible in any given circumstance,” he added.

Edmunds’ service on the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Conservation Committee; the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee; and the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee gives him the opportunity to protect his constituents’ interests in these three critical areas, he said.

In addition, as chairman of the Natural Resources sub-committee of agriculture, he is in a position to have a direct influence on issues that affect this area’s rural heritage.

“I was honored this year to be asked to chair the House Sportsman’s Caucus and am excited about the potential for expanding awareness of our time-honored outdoor traditions,” Edmunds said.

“My service on the Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission allows me the opportunity to help chart the course of future development in the tobacco footprint across Virginia,” he added.

Edmunds’ points to his work on the board of directors for the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center that has translated into tangible hands-on training for students pursuing advanced degrees.

“Honest, effective leadership, as well as fiscal responsibility, stewardship of taxpayer money, and continued workforce training will remain my highest priorities. We have made great strides in the education of our children to help prepare them for a 21st century workforce and in economic and tourism development, but much is left to be done. Effective constituent service and an open door policy will continue to be priorities of my office,” the delegate promised.

The next Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox said, “James has been a great advocate for the 60th District during his time in elected office. As a delegate, he has risen in the ranks on the Agriculture, Commerce, and Natural Resources Committee, including chairing the key Natural Resources subcommittee, that addresses issues of top concern to his constituents. In addition, he has been an effective voice for increased economic activity in Southside Virginia as a member of the Tobacco Commission. We need James in the House of Delegates as a respected voice for Southside Virginia and as an advocate for the conservative principles of limited government, personal responsibility and individual liberties.”

Edmunds said he believes this area has the best quality of life that can be found anywhere right here in the 60th District, and he hopes constituents will allow him to continue working to maintain that for the next two years in the House of Delegates.

“I humbly ask for your vote this November,” Edmunds concluded.

For additional information, log on to www.friendsofjamesedmunds.com or call 434-476-0077.

from The Gazette Virginian

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