2017 Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie today earned the endorsement of conservation advocate and Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton. Burton made his endorsement based on Gillespie’s commitment to conservation of Virginia’s open spaces and his leadership in putting forward positive policy proposals to address veterans and military affairs issues in the Commonwealth.
Speaking of the endorsement, Ed Gillespie said, “I am proud to earn Ward Burton’s endorsement. Ward works tirelessly as a good steward of our environment and shares my belief that conservation is conservative. I look forward to his ongoing input on how we can best serve rural Virginia, improve our conservation efforts, and support our military families.”
“I’m proud to endorse Republican Ed Gillespie for Virginia governor,” said Ward Burton. “Ed has the right policies to get Virginia’s economy growing again by lowering taxes and reducing burdensome regulations. Like me, Ed’s focused on conservation and supporting our military communities, veterans, and their families. Join me in voting for Ed Gillespie for governor on Tuesday, November 7th.”
Burton started the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation to foster natural resource stewardship, wildlife conservation, and outdoor education for children and adults, as well as giving back to American veterans. In 2005, Burton was appointed to the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries by Governor Mark Warner, who lauded him as a “strong addition” to the panel.