Richmond, VA - On Saturday, former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine toured historic Fort Monroe with Hampton Mayor Molly Ward. During the visit, Ward credited Kaine with bringing the project to the attention of the Obama administration, leading to its designation as a National Monument.
"Governor Kaine's leadership both in and out of office were key to protecting Fort Monroe and making the National Monument a reality," said Hampton Mayor Molly Joseph Ward. "If he had not brought the project to the attention of the White House it might still be a dream. He has always been a friend to this area and will be the advocate we need in the U.S. Senate."
As governor, Kaine worked with the Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority to create a reuse plan that included the goals of protecting the property’s historic character, maintaining full public access, and creating a large-scale park. As a senator, Kaine is committed to working on similar projects across Virginia that are important to local economies and to the history of the Commonwealth.
"I was proud to work on the preservation of Fort Monroe as governor and when I saw an opportunity to put momentum behind the movement for a national monument I was happy to help," said Kaine. "This is a pristine property whose history and story needs to be shared. As senator I will have an open door for our localities who seek a federal partner and advocate."
Earlier in the day, Kaine joined Newport News Mayor McKinley Price and Sheriff Gabe Morgan for lunch and a visit to Living Waters Christian Fellowship Center. He concluded the day with by joining Mayor Ward at the 30th annual Hampton Bay Days.