FREDERICKSBURG, VA— Today, Virginia State Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield) announced her endorsement of Senator Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) to be the next Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Senator Chase currently represents the 11th District and co-founded the Transparency Caucus. Below you'll find the remarks from her endorsement:
"On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, between the hours of 6am and 7pm, you will have the opportunity to vote for Virginia’s next Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General at your usual local voting precinct. Many people have asked me who they should vote for and who I am supporting. The decision hasn’t been easy as I’ve worked closely with many of those running. They are not only colleagues, they are my friends whom I’ve served with in the trenches.
As I’ve already announced, I will be voting Ed Gillespie for Governor, and John Adams for Attorney General. Today, I’m announcing my endorsement of Senator Bryce Reeves for Lieutenant Governor.
I’ve known Senator Bryce Reeves and his wife Anne for over a decade and before he was a state senator. Bryce is a small business owner, veteran, former detective and winner of the NRA Defender of Freedom Award. No one works harder and is more conscientious, dedicated and committed than Bryce. He’s a humble man whose faith in God and conviction guide him in both his daily life and his voting.
The Lieutenant Governor also presides over the senate and often casts tie breaking tie votes. For that reason, I’m supporting the candidate with the most conservative voting record- Senator Bryce Reeves, who consistently votes to support traditional family values.
It’s also important to vote for a candidate that has served in the Senate and understands Senate rules and procedures which are very different than in the House. Senator Reeves has served in the Senate for 6 years and has chaired several committees. For the past 2 years, I’ve had the privilege of serving on committees with him and appreciate his attention to detail, his commitment to excellence and thoughtful vision for the Commonwealth.
While there are several experienced and talented legislators vying for the Lieutenant Govenor’s seat, on June 13, I will be voting for Senator Bryce Reeves."
Bryce Reeves said, "I am extremely honored and proud to have Senator Chase's endorsement. Amanda is a true champion of transparency and always fights to protect our conservative values. I look forward to campaigning alongside her and am excited to have her on Team Reeves!"
Bryce Reeves is also endorsed by:
Senator Amanda Chase | Delegate Margaret Ransone
Delegate Roxann Robinson | Delegate Kathy Byron | Delegate Brenda Pogge
YORKTOWN, VA—This morning, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Bryce Reeves (R- Spotsylvania) visited with York and Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs, Commonwealth’s Attorney Benjamin Hahn, Clerk of Court Kristen Nelson, and the founder of SpiritWorks Foundation Center for the Soul, Jan Brown, to discuss the rapidly growing heroin epidemic facing the Commonwealth.
SpiritWorks Foundation Center for the Soul recently raised over $7,500 to buy Naloxone for over 70 deputies in York County. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a life-saving drug that is administered to individuals who overdose. Police officers frequently arrive at emergency situations first, and having access to Naloxone will allow victims who overdose the opportunity to be treated faster.
“Virginia is facing a statewide public health emergency due to the amplifying opioid and heroin crisis,” said Reeves. “Now more than ever, we need leaders who will work closely with our law enforcement personnel. Drug overdose is the leading cause in accidental and unnatural death here in Virginia. We cannot let this trend continue.”
Sheriff Diggs noted that York County has had over 80 overdoses this year.
“Virginia is very diverse, but what every locality shares in common is that they want a representative who will fight to ensure the safety and security of their community and their families. I’m the only candidate running for Lt. Governor who is working to do just that.”
Reeves added, “I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to talk with leaders in York today and I look forward to continuing this conversation with more Law Enforcement Officers and medical professionals across the Commonwealth.”
STAFFORD, VA—Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) visited with Stafford County Sheriff David P. Decatur today to discuss public safety and how they can work together to create and implement a task force to combat the heroin and drug epidemic.
“Bryce and I have a lot in common. We are both Army veterans and have dedicated our lives to serving and protecting our community,” said Sheriff Decatur. “It was great to have him come out and visit today.”
“He is the only candidate running for lieutenant governor with law enforcement experience. We need leaders like him who will work directly with us and make security a priority. Bryce’s visit today shows his commitment to that priority and that’s one reason why I’m proud to support him.”
Sheriff Decatur and his command staff have successfully started and enforced multiple programs in Stafford County to educate our youth, engage the community, and prevent folks from becoming repeat offenders.
Emphasizing the need to build and maintain strong, working relationships with our police and law enforcement, Reeves said, “Now more than ever, we must join forces with local law enforcements to keep our families and our communities safe. It’s amazing to see firsthand the impact that Sheriff Decatur is having by implementing various programs and educating folks in Stafford. I hope to expand these programs and work to create public safety task forces throughout the Commonwealth.”
Reeves continued, “As Lt. Governor, I vow to work tirelessly to ensure that Virginians are safe and secure. I look forward to continuing to work with Sheriff Decatur and with public safety officials across the Commonwealth to follow through on that promise.”
FREDERICKSBURG, VA—Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) announced today that Congressman Tom Garrett of Virginia’s 5th District has endorsed his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.
When asked why he supports Bryce Reeves, Congressman Garrett said, “First and foremost, he is a listener. He tackles problems with commonsense solutions. He’s the type of leader we need in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office in Richmond.”
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to have the endorsement of my former seatmate and fellow Army veteran, Tom Garrett,” said Reeves. “Tom is a true conservative patriot who believes in freedom, liberty, and justice. He is a tireless advocate for family values, fiscal responsibility, and the rule of law.”
Reeves added, “It’s a privilege to have Congressman Tom Garrett on Team Reeves and join us along the campaign trail. I’m excited to work with him to ensure a safe, secure, and prosperous Commonwealth for folks in the 5th District and throughout all of Virginia."
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA—Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) announced today that Congressman Scott Taylor has endorsed his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Scott Taylor represents the 2ndCongressional District of Virginia and serves on the influential House Appropriations Committee.
"Bryce Reeves is the only veteran running for Lt. Governor. With the issues facing Virginia veterans today, it's critical that we have one of our own standing up and fighting for us,” said Congressman Taylor. “That's why as a former Navy SEAL, I'm proud to support former Army Ranger Bryce Reeves for Lt. Governor."
“I am incredibly honored to have Congressman Taylor’s endorsement,” said Reeves. “He has a proven record of enhancing workforce development and furthering veterans’ initiatives, both on the state and federal level. There are over 800,000 veterans in Virginia, and we are both extremely passionate about taking care of them and ensuring their well being.”
Reeves added, “I look forward to working with Congressman Taylor and continuing the great work that’s being done to revitalize Virginia and help our military and veterans.”
FREDERICKSBURG, VA—Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) announced today that former Attorney General candidate Chuck Smith has endorsed his candidacy for Lt. Governor of Virginia.
“While serving in the Marine Corps and in the U.S. Navy as a JAG Commander, I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. Bryce Reeves has taken that same oath many times,” stated Smith. “He understands that protecting our Constitution is essential to governing and that we must always preserve our God-given rights.”
Chuck Smith has practiced law for more than thirty-six years, focusing on the Constitution, Immigration, and our Military.
“Virginia needs a conservative leader who will fight for us in Richmond. He will deliver commonsense ideas and fight for the everyday Virginian.”
“I’m honored to have Chuck’s endorsement and I could not be more excited to campaign alongside him,” Reeves said. “Chuck is passionate about our Commonwealth and believes in the rule of law. He believes in liberty. He is a true patriot and I am thrilled to have him on Team Reeves.”
Smith added, “I’m happy to endorse Bryce Reeves for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and I hope everyone will join me in doing so. In my opinion, he is not just an unsung hero for having served his country, but for his community service throughout the Commonwealth.”
FREDERICSBURG, VA—Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) announced today that the Prince William County Police Association (PWCPA) has endorsed his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. President of the Association, Patric R. Quinn, released the following statement:
“On behalf of the members of the Prince William County Police Association, we would like to thank you, for your support to Law Enforcement Officers in Virginia…,” wrote Quinn. “I would also like to inform you that you have been endorsed by the members of the Prince William County Police Association for the Office of Lieutenant Governor. We wish you well in your campaign.”
PWCPA currently has over 400 members.
“As a former Vice-Narcotics Detective in Prince William County, I am incredibly honored to earn the endorsement from the Prince William County Police Association and have their unwavering support,” said Reeves. “Our Law Enforcement Officers put their lives on the line everyday to protect us and protect our communities. That’s why it is imperative that we defend and advocate for them.”
Reeves added, “I have firsthand knowledge and experience when it comes to law enforcement and public safety. It’s time to revitalize Virginia and ensure our Commonwealth is a safe and secure place to live in. I look forward to continuing to work with the PWCPA and with law enforcement agencies around the Commonwealth to guarantee just that.”
~Discussing the Heroin Addiction Recovery Program and how to combat the heroin epidemic in Virginia~
CHESTERFIELD, VA—Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) visited the Chesterfield County Jail with Sheriff Karl Leonard to learn more about the Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (HARP) and how to implement more initiatives like that one throughout the entire Commonwealth.
RICHMOND, VA—Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) announced today that he submitted nearly 13,000 ballot petition signatures to the Republican Party of Virginia. Reeves is the first Lt. Governor candidate to submit petitions for pre-check.
“The energy and excitement from countless of our volunteers made today possible,” said Reeves. “This is only the beginning. Our momentum is continuing to build each day as we advance our field operations. I remain blessed to have so much support from the grassroots.”
The Virginia State Board of Elections requires all statewide candidates to collect at least 10,000 valid petition signatures to be eligible for the June 13th Primary. Reeves exceeded the minimum number of petitions in less than two months.
Reeves for Lt. Governor Campaign Manager Jordan Wiggins added, “Bryce’s positive message and vision for Virginia are resonating with thousands of voters across the Commonwealth. This is a huge milestone in our campaign and I’m confident in Bryce, our team, and our determined volunteers. One team, one goal!”
"I'm proud to serve as Director of the Hispanic-American Coalition for the Reeves for Lt. Governor campaign," stated Lolita. "I look forward to leading the fight for Bryce and electing him as Virginia's next Lieutenant Governor!"
Lolita Mancheno-Smoak holds an independent practice as an InnerSight Guide and is a small business owner. She has a long history of advocacy in Northern Virginia on child abuse prevention, closing the achievement gap, and engaging folks in the Latino community. She has been serving on Hispanics Against Child Abuse & Neglect (HACAN) since 2005 and is immediate past president. In addition to her work with HACAN, she serves on the Advisory Boards of Childhelp and ReadyNation, and is Honorary Chairman of Casa Hispana De Virginia. Lolita also currently serves on the RNC’s Virginia Hispanic Advisory Council.