|Pillion announces candidacy for State Senate; endorsements|
March 5, 2019
Today Delegate Todd Pillion (R-4th District) released the following statement announcing his candidacy for State Senate in the 40th district of Virginia. Pillion has been a leader for Southwest Virginia in the General Assembly since his election to the House of Delegates in 2015.
First, I would like to express my gratitude to Senator Bill Carrico and his family. It has been an honor serving alongside Bill in the state legislature. We can all be grateful for Bill’s selfless and principled service to Virginia. He has dedicated his life to public service, first as a Trooper with the Virginia State Police and then twenty years in the General Assembly. Over those years, he and his family have made many sacrifices. I trust that they are looking forward to this next chapter and wish them all the best in their new journey.
The General Assembly session this year shows exactly what is at stake in this election. I am proud to be part of the Republican majority that:returned money to Virginia taxpayers with the most significant tax relief plan in 15 years, unwinding the Democrats’ $1.2 billion tax increase;defeated legislation expanding access to abortions up to birth;passed a responsible and balanced budget that makes key investments in core functions of government, such as education, without relying on tax increases; and thwarted policies that would make it more difficult to create jobs and do business. Our citizens expect commonsense policies that get real results for their families, not a New York and California-style political agenda.
As candidate for State Senate, I will continue to do all that I can to make Southwest Virginia a better place to live, work and raise a family. That has been my guiding principle in the House of Delegates working to foster economic development, supporting our families, and confronting one of the greatest public health, economic, and workforce challenges of our time—the opioid epidemic.
I am proud to be from Southwest Virginia. Our strong work ethic, rich history and culture, and desire to be the best we can be makes this a truly special place. I look forward to hitting the campaign trail and working with you to move our region forward.
“Having served with Todd, I have seen firsthand his passion for Southwest Virginia and his ability to get results for our region and the entire Commonwealth. From his time in the National Guard to the House of Delegates, Todd has always put service above self. As I prepare to move on, I can’t think of a better person to run for this seat than Todd Pillion and I look forward to supporting him wholeheartedly.”
– Sen. Bill Carrico, 40th District
“I’ve known Todd for a good chunk of his life. His character, commitment to his family and communities demonstrates what a true and tireless advocate he is for Southwest Virginia. He has been an effective member of our delegation and is great example of the leadership our region needs.”
– Delegate Terry Kilgore, 1st District (Lee, Scott, part of Wise, City of Norton)