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Charles Poindexter

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ninth District Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Franklin County) will seek re-election to his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in November.

"It is a true honor to serve the people of the Ninth District in the Virginia General Assembly, and I am humbled to have their continued faith, support and trust," Poindexter said. "I have sought to represent our traditional, rural, small-town Virginia values through fiscal responsibility, low taxes and less regulation, a strict protection of our rights and sovereignty, and a commitment to creating jobs and improving our economy."

A member of the House Appropriations Committee, one of Poindexter's primary responsibilities in Richmond is working to develop and balance the state's biennial budget, he said. 

"In the past five years, I have helped cut $7 billion in spending, while balancing the budget without raising general fund taxes," Poindexter said. "Unlike Washington, we've made strategic cuts and reforms to costly programs and provided targeted funding to critical areas, such as education and public safety."

Poindexter said he has supported legislation increasing STEM instruction so that the local workforce is prepared to succeed in a changing global economy, and he has supported measures designed to promote and incentivize Virginia's number one industry -- agriculture and forestry. 

"The Virginia model for efficient government, prioritized spending and economic development is envied by other states across the nation," Poindexter said. "I want to continue to build on this momentum. I worked with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to eliminate energy regulatory components, like performance incentive bonuses for costly, uncompetitive alternative energy projects, and to stagger the rate review process so that APCo will not be allowed to file for a base rate increase this year."

These measures will help keep electricity costs lower for rural Virginia families and businesses, Poindexter said.

"I also successfully carried a bill that increases the bond authorization amount to complete Route 58 to I-77, with the Lover's Leap section prioritized," he said. "Coupled with increased funding for Route 58 in the comprehensive transportation bill passed this year, my legislation will ensure the four-laning is completed as soon as possible."

Poindexter has filed his re-election paperwork and will appear on the general election ballot on Nov. 5, 2013. 

The Ninth House District includes Patrick County, most of Franklin County and western Henry County.

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