Letter to the Editor: Collins knows community issues, works to respond to them
I am Chris Collins and I am asking for the public’s vote on Tuesday, June 9, in the Republican primary. I am excited to have the opportunity to be a delegate and serve our citizens Richmond.
I was raised here and went to school here. I was a Frederick County deputy sheriff and volunteer firefighter for Rouss Fire Company in Winchester. I served the Red Bud District on the Frederick County Board of Supervisors for five years, where we kept taxes low while still providing services to our citizens. I am an attorney with my own practice in Winchester as well as a small business owner with more than 12 employees. I know the issues of the community and have worked hard to respond to them.
While on the board, I worked with fellow members to bring jobs and opportunities to our area. By bringing in investments totaling more than $400 million, we became the 14th best jurisdiction for job creation in the commonwealth with over 1,500 jobs created. My work with the board on creating these jobs with our local businesses is exactly what I want to do in Richmond. We were able to keep our area business friendly by maintaining a low tax rate and decreased regulations. In order for us to continue to be a leader, we need to improve high speed Internet, create more workforce training programs for a skilled labor force, and encourage continued use of the inland port.
Local law enforcement, Board of Supervisor members, City Council members, and other community leaders have endorsed me because I have a willingness to listen and work with others to get those things needed in our community accomplished. I have always had my door open to everyone and I have never told someone I will not meet with them or talk with them. I will take the same common sense and pragmatic approach I learned on the board to Richmond. I hope our citizens will give me the opportunity to serve them in Richmond by voting on June 9.
Christopher E. Collins, candidate for 29th District, House of Delegates