Former First Lady Anne Holton continued her small business tour today with a downtown walk and meet and greet in Manassas. Holton began the afternoon with a business tour, visiting Prospero's Books, Allyssa Bryn Kids and Royal Cuts Barber Shop on Center Street. Following the tour, Holton addressed local business and community leaders at Persnickety Cakes, where she shared Kaine's strategies to strengthen the economy and create jobs. During the event, Holton emphasized Kaine's Virginia-based approach to develop a talent economy, encourage small business growth, and balance the federal budget.
“Tim knows that to strengthen Virginia's economy, we need a balance of necessary budget cuts and strategic investments in infrastructure and education,” said Holton. “He did it in Virginia—cutting $5 billion from state spending while making investments in higher education and infrastructure projects. While he was Governor, Virginia was named 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.”
Holton also spoke about Kaine's record of working together that helped Virginia maintain its business friendly environment and make major progress in important areas like public transit, health care and higher education.
"Looking at Tim’s record of service in Virginia, it is clear he has a remarkable ability to bring people together to focus on common results," said Holton. "He was able to do that on the City Council, as Mayor, and as Governor, and he will do it again as our next Senator. Right now, we need more people in the Senate who will break through the Washington gridlock and bring people together to focus on strengthening our economy and creating more jobs in Virginia."
In addition to Manassas, Holton’s Small Business Tour has made stops in Surry, Smithfield, Emporia, Vienna, Occoquan, Ashland, Fredericksburg, Staunton, Lexington, Roanoke, and Hopewell.