Delegate elect Chris Head
A victory celebration was held at the Sheraton Hotel election night. Republican Chris Head won easily over Democrat Freeda Cathcart for the 17th District House of Delegates seat. Head won with over 65% of the vote.
Delegate elect Head in an interview before he his victory address said, “it is a little overwhelming.” He was pleased by his margin of victory. “It is extraordinarily humbling to have that much faith in me placed by the voters here.” Head feels the pressure of the “level of expectation” to deliver on constituents wanting results. “I’ve got some pretty stiff marching orders now and it’s time to deliver.”
Creating a climate for bringing jobs to Southwest Virginia will be Head’s priority. “The first thing I will be doing in the coming weeks will be setting a target goal [for jobs]… I don’t know what that is [yet].” He said he would be hashing that out with advisors over the next few weeks. Then will come “a plan for legislative policies to begin to turn those wheels.” He wants that to happen “very, very quickly.”
Republican Roanoke City Chair Chris Walters takes texts from registrar, watches SBE and tallies each precinct.
There are several new companies Head referred to that have a tremendous amount of promise. Several he has connected with through the “Expand Contest.” The Expand Contest encourages small businesses to present original business ideas for Southwest Virginia that would result in job creation. Some are high-tech and others are manufacturing he said.
The growth will not necessarily come with legislation but “we have to help let them know that we’re not going to get in their way,” said Head. One way is to “keep the taxes low for startups and make sure that regulatory barriers are not there.”
Head in answer to a question about working across party lines said, “We are in a climate right now from the federal government on down that is just so hard line partisan. In any case that is appropriate right now because we have listed so far to the left that we can’t afford to give up anymore ground.” But on the state level there is room for consensus. “The bottom line is we can’t give a inch on the core principals that we’ve established as the majority,” he said.
Absolutely he would work with regional legislators. “We’ll work together as a legislative delegation – all of us,” he said. Head plans to follow in retiring Delegate Bill Cleaveland’s path. Party is still important he said, “but in many cases there are things that have to be done that have more to do with geography then it has to do with party.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2011, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: Election 2011, Elections, house_of_delegates, republican