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Poindexter to again run for delegate post
Del. Charles Poindexter
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Incumbent 9th District Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Glade Hill, announced Monday that he will seek re-election in the November election.
“It is a true honor to serve the people of the 9th District in the Virginia General Assembly, and I am humbled to have their continued faith, support and trust,” Poindexter stated in a release. “I have sought to represent our traditional, rural, small-town Virginia values through fiscal responsibility, low taxes and less regulation, a strict protection of our rights and sovereignty and a commitment to creating jobs and improving our economy.”
Poindexter has served in the House of Delegates for six years. The 9th District includes Patrick County, most of Franklin County and western Henry County.
He said one of his primary responsibilities in the General Assembly “is working to develop and balance the state’s biennial budget.”
Helping cut $7 billion in spending over the last five years, “while balancing the budget without raising general fund taxes,” is listed among his accomplishments.
“Unlike Washington, we’ve made strategic cuts and reforms to costly programs and provided targeted funding to critical areas such as education and public safety,” he said.
Poindexter also has supported legislation to increase Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) instruction “so that our workforce is prepared to succeed in our changing global economy, and I’ve supported measures designed to promote and incentivize Virginia’s No. 1 industry, agriculture and forestry,” he said. “The Virginia model for efficient government, prioritized spending and economic development is envied by other states across the nation. I want to continue to build on this momentum.”
Poindexter also has worked with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to eliminate energy regulatory components such as “performance incentive bonuses for costly, uncompetitive alternative energy projects, and to stagger the rate review process so that APCo will not be allowed to file for a base rate increase this year” as a way to help keep lower electricity costs, he stated.
He also “successfully carried a bill that increases the bond authorization amount to complete” U.S. 58 to Interstate 77, with the Lover’s Leap section prioritized, he said. “Coupled with increased funding for” U.S. 58 in the comprehensive transportation bill passed this year, “my legislation will ensure the four-laning is completed as soon as possible,” Poindexter said.
Last week, Poindexter was named “Champion of Free Enterprise” by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for his work during the 2013 assembly session.
“I’m honored to receive this distinction from the Virginia chamber and I appreciate their continued support of pro-business, free-market principles,” Poindexter said. “We have worked hard to keep taxes low, reduce regulations and red tape, and promote Virginia as open for business.”
If he is re-elected on Nov. 5, “I look forward to continuing my work in alliance with the business community to bring jobs and economic development to Virginia,” Poindexter said.