Richmond, VA - Today, Anne Holton continued her tour of community colleges and universities across Virginia with visits to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the University of Virginia (UVA). At each stop, Holton shared Governor Kaine’s strategies to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum, workforce training, and career and technical education. Holton also attended voter registration drives with VCU and UVA students ahead of today’s voter registration deadline, where she encouraged students to get involved with the election.
“It’s inspiring to see so many of you here today—on the last day of voter registration—registering voters and encouraging students to get involved in elections this year,” said Holton. “We’ve seen outside groups spend more than $15 million on false, negative ads against Tim, but your hard work and grassroots support will make the difference for Tim on Election Day.”
Throughout the day, Holton emphasized Kaine’s strong record of investing in education- from higher education and workforce development programs, to early childhood education. As governor, Kaine worked with members of both parties to pass a record higher education bond package, which made more than $1.4 billion available for construction and renovation at colleges and universities across Virginia.
“Tim served as governor during the worst recession since the Great Depression, and he had to make tough choices to balance the budget,” said Holton. “Tim worked across the aisle to cut more than $5 billion in spending, but he also made sure to leave room for investments in higher education and workforce development. In the Senate, I am confident Tim will continue to work to break through the Washington gridlock to develop a talented workforce and keep Virginia’s economy globally competitive.”
Holton's college tour has made more than 20 stops across the Commonwealth including 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, Reston Center of Northern Virginia Community College, James Madison University, University of Mary Washington, Germanna Community College (Culpeper Campus) and Old Dominion University.