Richmond, VA - Today, Anne Holton kicked off volunteer canvasses at the Virginia Victory offices in Charlottesville and Roanoke. At both events, Holton encouraged dozens of volunteers and supporters to share Governor Kaine's strategies to create jobs and strengthen the economy as they spoke with voters in their communities.
"We have an opportunity in the Senate race to send someone [like Tim] to the United States Senate who will focus on bringing people together to strengthen our economy," said Holton in Charlottesville. "We can really turn the tide in Washington and encourage the spirit of cooperation and forward-looking solutions rather than moving backward. You all are a part of that."
Holton also discussed Kaine for Virginia’s grassroots strength and the importance of person-to-person voter contact in the face of more than $8.5 million spent against Kaine by outside groups. Last quarter, grassroots donations helped Kaine raise nearly $3 million, marking his best fundraising quarter yet, with 70 percent of contributions generated from donors giving less than $200. Over the course of the campaign, more than 30,000 donors have joined the Kaine for Virginia campaign.
"It's so inspiring to see so many of you here today. You're here because you care about our country and because you believe that door knocking and talking to voters and reaching out matters. And I do too," Holton told volunteers in Roanoke. "This is one of those years when you worry outside groups can put more zeros on a check and buy more negative advertising and think that's how elections are won. But we know, and we'll prove this November, that's not the case. It's grassroots support like you."
Since the beginning of the year, Holton has traveled throughout the Commonwealth, meeting with small business owners, seniors, educators and supporters to share Kaine’s economic vision for Virginia.