Letter: For Gibson
"Job creation" appears to be issue number one for the candidates seeking our vote in the upcoming Republican primary. To promote their individual job creation platforms, most of the candidates are relying on the usual political catch phrases such a "tax cuts" and "less regulation" that are routinely proclaimed when politicians are asking for our vote. But, as we know all too well, once the election is over and the elected one gets to Richmond or Washington, nothing ever really changes and it’s back to business as usual.
One candidate, however, rises above the political rhetoric and that man is Ken Gibson. He understands better than any other candidate, that in order to create jobs in our Commonwealth at the local level, you have to be focused on the education that the children are receiving in our local public schools. No candidate for delegate is more focused in this area than is Ken Gibson.
I have carefully reviewed the policy platforms submitted by the other candidates and find all three lacking any significant mention of public education. One candidate in particular has sent me no less than four very expensive advertising brochures for his campaign and not one of those brochures even mentions public education and more surprisingly makes no mention of law enforcement.
The bottom line is that you can’t create jobs unless you have great schools and safe streets. Ken Gibson is a husband, father, former federal prosecutor, business owner, U.S. Marine and the son of a high school principal. He understands clearly that education, not political rhetoric, is the way to get the jobs back into the Commonwealth of Virginia.
As a former Mathews County Republican Party County Committee Chairman and current two-term elected member of the Mathews County School Board, I urge all citizens, parents and educators to vote for Ken Gibson. He is clearly the best choice to provide a safe and prosperous economic future for our children.
William E. Johnson