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Commonwealth Attorney Tom Garrett to run for senate seat
Louisa County’s commonwealth’s attorney is the third Republican to announce a run for the new 22nd state Senate seat.
The 22nd district was in the Botetourt area, but the recently completed redistricting process moved it east. It now runs from Amherst County through Lynchburg, Farmville and all the way to Short Pump, and encompasses part of eastern Louisa County (the Locust Creek, Sheltons Mill, South Anna and Bumpass precincts).
Tom Garrett, who has served as commonwealth’s attorney in Louisa since 2007, announced this week he would run for the Republican nomination for the open seat.
He joins previously announced candidates Bryan Rhodes, a Goochland resident who is a prosecutor in Richmond, and Brian Bates, a Buckingham County supervisor.
All three say they’re conservatives who will support pro-business policies and emphasize family values and limited government.
Here’s the press release:
TOM GARRETT ANNOUNCES CANIDACY FOR 22nd STATE SENATE SEAT
-Tough Elected Prosecutor, Veteran, and Proven Conservative Seeks Republican Nomination-
Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Garrett [Monday] announced his candidacy for the State Senate in Virginia’s newly created 22nd District, with stops in every county in the district as well as Lynchburg and Farmville.
Garrett describes himself as “a Cuccinelli Conservative.” “We need real conservatives in the mold of Ken Cuccinelli and Bob McDonnell. To paraphrase Barry Goldwater, ‘A strong voice in defense of Liberty is not a vice.’”
Garrett began his service to America in the U.S. Army, where he served for six years as a fire supporter, including an overseas deployment. He worked on Governor Bob McDonnell’s team in the district to elect McDonnell for Attorney General. He served on Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s Public Safety support team during Cuccinelli’s campaign for Attorney General.
Garrett was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2007. He challenged and defeated a two-term incumbent for that position, winning by 17%. Garrett was the first Republican countywide candidate to win in Louisa in modern history, and the first candidate to beat an incumbent countywide official in nearly 30 years.
He won the race with hard work and a positive vision. The core of that vision was that ‘we can do better.’ “I’ve proven that we can do better, and that we can do better without spending more of your money. Since 2007, Louisa has instituted one of the most aggressive initiatives to crackdown on child sex predators in the state, if not the nation. We’ve secured record-setting sentences – one over 100 years, another for 90, and several of life against those who victimize children.”
“Recently two defendants testified that if they’d have known they were in Louisa, they wouldn’t have committed their crimes. The message is out! And this was put into motion without a single new hire or additional expense to the Sheriff’s office or the prosecutor’s office.”
Now Garrett wants to do the same for the 22nd Senate District. “We deserve better!” His vision includes the following core principles: First, we do not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Second, the Constitution is as relevant now, if not more so, than the day it was drafted, all rights, including the Second Amendment and the Tenth Amendment should not be infringed upon. Finally, the family and the free enterprise system are the fiber of American society. Government interference, regulation, and intrusion stifle growth, prosperity and family cohesion.