Richmond, VA - Today, Anne Holton campaigned on behalf of her husband, Tim Kaine, in Winchester and Richmond. In the morning, Holton met with local women, community leaders, and business owners at the Blue Ridge Democratic Committee Women’s Breakfast before touring small businesses in downtown Winchester, including Bell's Fine Clothing, Murphy's Beverage Company, and Swift's Barber Shop. Holton finished the day with a stop at St. Elizabeth’s Jazz Festival to talk with voters in Richmond. At each event, Holton emphasized Kaine’s Virginia-based strategies to encourage immediate economic growth, level the playing field for small businesses, and develop the world’s most talented workforce.
“As governor during the worst recession since the Great Depression, Tim worked with members of both parties to strengthen the economy and create jobs,” Holton told the crowd in Winchester.“ Tim took a balanced approach to keep Virginia’s economy moving forward, cutting $5 billion in spending while leaving room for investments in important areas like infrastructure, workforce development, and education.”
Throughout the day, Holton highlighted Kaine’s strong record of working across the aisle to improve the lives of all Virginians. Kaine’s fiscal responsibility and dedication to Virginia’s workforce helped the Commonwealth earn recognition as Forbes' "Best State for Business" four years in a row, Governing magazine's "Best Managed State," and Education Week’s best state to raise a child.
“Throughout his career, Tim has displayed an incredible ability to focus on a goal and then bring people together to accomplish those goals,” said Holton. “As governor, Tim worked with members of both parties to make important progress in areas like education, public transportation, and health care. During his term, Tim increased pre-K enrollment by 40 percent, expanded public transportation options, and worked to ensure that all Virginians have access to affordable health care. There is no doubt in my mind that, as our next senator, Tim will work to end the Washington gridlock and achieve results.”
In addition to Winchester, Holton’s “Small Business Listening Tour” has made more than 20 stops, including Marion, Floyd, Abingdon, Bristol, Big Stone Gap, Clifton Forge, Wytheville, Westmoreland County, Herndon, Chesterfield County, Manassas, Surry, Smithfield, Emporia, Vienna, Occoquan, Ashland, Fredericksburg, Staunton, Lexington, Roanoke, and Hopewell.