Richmond, VA - Today, Anne Holton continued her tour of Virginia community colleges and universities with visits to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg and Richard Bland College in Petersburg. At William and Mary, Holton visited classroom facilities in the School of Education and met with students to kick off a voter registration drive on campus. In Petersburg, Holton toured innovative science and technology labs and stopped in a biology class to encourage students to register to vote.
Speaking with students in Williamsburg, Holton said, “It’s inspiring to see so many students engaged in the elections this year. With a race as close as Tim’s, the work each and every one of you do to make sure students get out to vote in November is incredibly important. We’ve seen outside groups spend nearly $11 million on false, negative ads against Tim, but the voters you register, the doors you knock, on and the phone calls you make will be what makes the difference on Election Day.”
Throughout the day, Holton highlighted Kaine’s record of investing in education from pre-k to higher ed and workforce programs. She discussed Kaine’s work with members of both parties to pass the largest higher education bond package in state history, which allocated more than $1.4 billion for construction and renovation at colleges and community colleges across the Commonwealth. The College of William and Mary received funding from the bond package to construct its new School of Education, and Richard Bland College was able to build McNeer Hall, which houses state-of-the-art computer and science labs.
“We need leaders like Tim in the Senate who are willing to work together to invest in our schools and our workforce," said Holton. "If we want to continue to develop the most talented workforce in the world, we have got to ensure that our students who graduate from our two-year colleges, four-year universities, and workforce training programs are prepared to compete in the global marketplace for high-skill jobs.”
Holton has toured college campuses across the Commonwealth to share Kaine’s economic vision with educators, students, and administrators. Previous stops include 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 and John Tyler Community College.