Gille­spie for gov­er­nor

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

This year’s pri­mary elec­tion in Vir­ginia has pro­duced great can­di­dates for the Repub­li­can Party, and Vir­gini­ans will have a di­rect in­volve­ment in the se­lec­tion process. I am par­tic­u­larly pleased to see Ed Gille­spie run­ning for gov­er­nor.

I first met Ed in 2006 when he was chair­man of the Repub­li­can Party of Vir­ginia. I knew that a for­mer Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee chair­man would truly have Vir­ginia’s best in­ter­ests at heart.

Ed’s par­ents ran a gro­cery store, stock­ing shelves and sweep­ing the floor, Ed de­vel­oped a su­pe­rior work ethic. To put him­self through col­lege, Ed worked as a Se­nate park­ing lot at­ten­dant. Many years later he be­came coun­selor to the pres­i­dent of the United States.

With his plan to re­move bar­ri­ers for job cre­ation for all Vir­gini­ans, busi­nesses can be as­sured of mean­ing­ful re­form that will make it eas­ier for them to thrive and grow in the com­mon­wealth. Ed’s plan fo­cuses on stand­ing up for Vir­ginia’s job cre­ators, re­form­ing Vir­ginia’s reg­u­la­tory cli­mate, re­form­ing oc­cu­pa­tional li­cens­ing and stream­lin­ing busi­ness for­ma­tion.

It should be noted that in the CNBC “Top States for Busi­ness” poll, Vir­ginia’s rank­ing slipped from fifth in 2013 to 13th in 2016. This statis­tic is un­ac­cept­able. I know that as gov­er­nor of Vir­ginia, Ed Gille­spie will put Vir­ginia in its right­ful place among the top five states.

STEVE GROCE

New­port News, Va.

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