Richmond, VA -Today, Anne Holton continued her tour of community colleges and universities across Virginia with a visit to James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg where she shared Governor Tim Kaine’s strategies to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum, workforce training, and career and technical education. Later in the evening, Holton joined First Lady Michelle Obama for a grassroots campaign event in Loudoun.
“As governor during the worst recession since the Great Depression, Tim worked across the aisle to cut $5 billion in state spending—including cuts to his own salary,” Holton said in Harrisonburg. “But he also made sure to leave room for investments in priorities like higher education, career and technical education, and early childhood education. In the Senate, I am confident Tim will continue to work with members of both parties to break through the Washington gridlock and achieve results for all Virginians.”
In the evening, Holton joined First Lady Michelle Obama at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds, where she encouraged the crowd to get involved in the election and highlighted the importance of grassroots support in the face of millions of dollars of outside spending on false, negative advertising. Holton also emphasized Kaine’s balanced approach to strengthen the economy and his record of working across the aisle as governor to make progress in key areas like higher education and infrastructure.
“Folks in Washington can learn something from Tim, who is an incredible listener, and has proven throughout his career of public service that a balanced, results-oriented approach benefits all of us,” Holton told the crowd in Loudoun. “As a city councilman, as Richmond’s mayor, and as our governor, he worked with members of both parties to make Virginia one of the best places to do business and to raise a child. And as our next senator, he’ll join with the President to reduce our deficit while making investments in education and infrastructure that will strengthen our workforce and our economy.”
Previous stops on Holton's college tour across Virginia include visits to Tidewater Community College (Virginia Beach Campus), Norfolk State University, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College (Woodbridge Campus), Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale Campus), Rappahannock Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College, John Tyler Community College, the College of William and Mary, Richard Bland College, Virginia Western Community College, Virginia State University, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (Parham Campus), Thomas Nelson Community College, Christopher Newport University and the Reston Center of Northern Virginia Community College.