Richmond, VA - Today, Anne Holton campaigned on behalf of her husband, Tim Kaine, in Charlottesville as part of her “Small Business Listening Tour.” Holton began the day with a tour of businesses on the Downtown Mall, including Eppie's Restaurant, Performant Software, Angelo Jewelry, and Blue Whale Books. In the afternoon, Holton met with local small business owners and community leaders at Zocalo, followed by a visit to Open Space, a collaborative community workspace, where she discussed Kaine’s strategies to create jobs and strengthen the economy for the long-term.
“As governor during the worst recession since the Great Depression, Tim had to make tough choices in order to keep Virginia’s economy moving forward,” Holton told the crowd in Charlottesville. “Even during hard times, Tim balanced necessary cuts with strategic investments to strengthen the economy and support Virginia families.”
Throughout the event, Holton emphasized Kaine’s record of putting partisanship aside to achieve results for Virginians. As governor, Kaine worked with members of both parties to cut $5 billion in spending, while making important investments in infrastructure and education. During his term, Kaine increased pre-K enrollment by 40 percent and passed the largest higher education capital bond package in state history.
“Throughout his career in public service, Tim has brought people together to focus on improving the lives of all Virginians,” said Holton. “As governor, he worked across the aisle to strengthen the economy and move Virginia forward. Tim’s commitment to developing Virginia’s talent helped the Commonwealth earn recognition as 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.”
With her visit to Charlottesville, Holton's "Small Business Listening Tour" has made two dozen stops, including Winchester, Floyd, Marion, Bristol, Abingdon, Big Stone Gap, Clifton Forge, Wytheville, Westmoreland County, Herndon, Chesterfield County, Manassas, Surry, Smithfield, Emporia, Vienna, Occoquan, Ashland, Fredericksburg, Staunton, Lexington, Roanoke, and Hopewell.