Gillespie Previously Endorsed by PBA
2017 Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie today announced he has earned the endorsement of a majority of Virginia sheriffs. Gillespie and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam both spoke this week at the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association. The endorsements add to Gillespie’s growing support across the public safety community. He also recently earned an endorsement from the Virginia Police Benevolent Association.
Speaking about the endorsements, Gillespie said, “I am honored to have the support of these dedicated public servants. Providing for public safety is an essential responsibility of government, and as governor, I’ll work with our law enforcement officers to make our Commonwealth safer for all Virginians.”
Prince William County Sheriff Glendell Hill said, “In Northern Virginia, we are facing increasingly complex challenges from gang violence to cyber security, and more. Virginians have an opportunity this November to elect a servant leader who is committed to making Virginia a safer place; that candidate is Ed Gillespie.
“Virginia needs a proactive leader who will step up with bold policy to make Virginia a better place to live, work, and raise a family, and that includes making public safety a top priority,” added Colonel David R. Hines, Hanover County Sheriff. “Only one candidate in this year’s gubernatorial race has demonstrated the thoughtful approach necessary to combat the public safety challenges we face. Ed Gillespie is the governor we need.”
“Ed is wholly committed to making Southwest Virginia, and the entire Commonwealth safer,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Hank Partin. “He understands that each region faces its own unique challenges, and I know he will provide each area with the support and resources we need to ensure the safety of our citizens. The choice in the election could not be more clear.”
Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said, “I am impressed by Ed’s policy plans, particularly those to improve public safety and combat the opioid and heroin epidemic that is sweeping through our communities. These plans demonstrate his commitment to the people he seeks to serve, and there is no question that he will make Virginia safer and stronger.”
“I have served the people of Chesapeake for decades, and I can tell you that Ed’s commitment to public safety is unparalleled, ” added Chesapeake Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan. “He will be ready to lead Virginia on day one, and he will work tirelessly to protect Virginians from the new and emerging threats we face. I look forward to working with him over the next four years.”
In July, Gillespie released Job One: Keeping Virginia Safe, his plan to combat gangs, reinstate Project Exile and reward those who serve and protect. As governor, Gillespie will designate the Attorney General to Serve as the Commonwealth’s Anti-Gang Chief, secure funding for the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, ban Sanctuary Cities in Virginia, expand the “Youthful Offender Program” at the Virginia Department of Corrections, ensure the continuation of school resource officers (SROs) in schools, pursue funding of the Witness Protection Programs in violent gang activity, establish Gang Prevention Programming at Department of Education, and develop Alternative Educational Opportunities for Known Gang Members.