Dear Fellow Virginians:

It is imperative that our General Assembly retains its current mainstream, common-sense majority, rather than falling under the control of people who believe that the answer to almost any problem is more government, that public spending is the best tool for fixing problems, and that citizens and businesses should be made to bear ever-higher taxes and fees in order to feed the insatiable appetite for funds of an activist government.


I am the Republican nominee to represent the 42nd District in the Virginia House of Delegates.  I'm not a "professional politician."  I'm a businessman, husband, and father -- a citizen, just like you.  Nevertheless, our district – and indeed our Commonwealth – needs leaders who will bring determination, imagination, sound judgment, and proven ability to the task of overcoming the challenges that face us, while remaining true to the common-sense, core values and "Virginia way" that traditionally have been hallmarks of our House of Delegates for many years.  Our campaign is about returning our district’s representation in the House back to the political center.  We’ll focus on the issues that really matter to Virginia families and businesses.


I disagree strongly with my opponent's fundamental philosophy and that of her caucus.  The furor over her failed legislation underscores that her policy positions are extreme and out of touch with most Virginians.  While Virginia's business community drives growth, jobs and prosperity, my opponent is one of only seven members of the 100-seat House to receive a grade of “F” from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for 2018.  Moreover, of all the bills she introduced or co-sponsored in 2019, I could not identify even one that fundamentally addressed jobs and the economy, taxes, workforce development, transportation, or qualitative improvement of education.

I am asking for your support.  We live in a highly polarized period in our history, and we will not succeed in moving forward if we cannot inspire and mobilize sufficient popular enthusiasm for most people to come out and vote for the kind of leaders they want and deserve.  That means moving our representation back to the political center and restoring the "Virginia Way" of working across the aisle to accomplish the people's business.  In the weeks ahead, I will share with you additional information on my positions concerning the kind of government that we ought to have, and my ideas on the many challenges that we face in the Commonwealth and, especially, in Northern Virginia.  For the present, I want to make clear the fundamental principles on which my campaign is based:

  • Government ought to be limited, and should consume the smallest amount of resources possible, consistent with the requirements of ensuring public safety, promoting the general welfare, and creating a climate of opportunity that gives all Virginians a chance to realize their full potential.


  • Those functions that government must perform, it must perform reliably and to a high standard, and be accountable for the quality of its performance and the results that it achieves.


  • The free enterprise system, with appropriate oversight, remains the most productive mechanism for satisfying human needs, delivering economic justice, and achieving the highest standard of living for all citizens.


  • Fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraint must be exercised at all levels of government.


  • Families know how to invest and spend their money far better than the government does, and citizens should be taxed as little as feasible rather than being treated as a source of financial fuel for an ever-expanding and increasingly intrusive government bureaucracy.


  • All individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice and opportunities, and at the same time should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society.


  • We must ensure that we prepare today’s workforce and our children (the workforce of tomorrow) to thrive in the 21st century economy, so as to promote their individual success and the prosperity of our Commonwealth.


Over the coming months, I'll be sharing my views, goals and policy positions with you here, and I look forward to addressing the major issues with you in greater detail.  I hope that you will get involved in the process, share your ideas and your concerns with me, and lend me your support in this effort to give our district and all Virginians the leadership and responsible government they deserve.

                                                                                              With warmest regards,                              


                                                                                                                   Steve