The voters in the 18th Virginia House District should vote to reelect Michael Webert.
First and foremost, Webert is an honest, ethical person. Now more than ever, we need people who run for office because they are motivated by public service and not feathering their own nests or carrying the water for various special interests.
When Webert is down in Richmond, he endeavors to keep in mind the average family that works hard, living pay check to pay check, oftentimes not having much left over after paying the mortgage, insurance, food, fuel, and of course taxes.
He wants working people to keep as much of their hard earned paychecks as possible, and when he spends public money he is mindful who is paying the taxes. He wants the funds spent productively and wisely.
He knows that the best social program in the world is a good job. Consequently, he is a leader in promoting a business-friendly environment in Virginia.
As a lawyer, I can get away with saying that we have plenty of lawyers down in Richmond, and I'm glad Webert is a farmer with that small business framework. After all, agriculture is still one of Virginia's top businesses.
Additionally, Webert knows that we live in an area rich in cultural, historic and scenic resources and he wants to protect those important assets. That is why he has supported conservation easements and the protection of our parks, historic battlefields and other natural resources. He opposes uranium mining.
Like me when I served on the Commonwealth Transportation Board, he has stood up to a governor of his own party, an arrogant secretary of transportation and the special interests that are driving them by vigorously opposing the resurrection of the discredited outer beltway. This 20-year-old stale proposal, killed by a prior General Assembly, would waste over $2 billion, draining funds away from much needed projects like providing a grade separated interchange at the Route 29 bypass and Lord Fairfax and fixing Interstate 66. Webert knows what internal Virginia Department of Transportation studies show: the outer beltway would have the perverse effect of making commutes worse for east/west traffic by dumping even more traffic on U.S. Highway 50, I-66, Route 7, etc.
Webert will continue to serve us well if we give him the chance, and I hope we will.
James E. Rich, The Plains