According to a recent study at UVA, Virginia’s population is growing at its slowest pace since the 1920s. In fact, for the third year in a row, more people have moved out of Virginia than have moved in. It doesn’t take an economist to see that Virginia is in dire need of new leadership focused on economic prosperity for Virginia. From his experience to his strong economic plans, Ed Gillespie is the answer for Virginians.
Edward “Ed” Walter Gillespie was born on August 1, 1961, in a small town in New Jersey, later moving to Washington D.C. and attending The Catholic University of America. Gillespie began his career on the Hill as a Senate parking attendant, eventually working his way up to a political career himself. He is married to Cathy Gillespie, and they have three children.
In 1996, Gillespie served as the communications director for the Republican National Committee, and advised Senate Republicans on the impeachment of Bill Clinton after joining a law firm in 1997. Gillespie worked as Press Secretary for the 1999 presidential campaign of John Kasich, and later served as senior communications advisor in 2000 fin the campaign of future President George W. Bush. From 2006 to 2007, Gillespie served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. Gillespie replaced Counselor to the President Dan Bartlett in 2007.
In 2014, Gillespie ran for U.S. Senate against incumbent Mark Warner, losing by a margin of just 0.8%.
Now, Gillespie is the leading candidate in the Republican primary for Governor of Virginia. Gillespie is principled, experienced, and dedicated to improving the Virginia economy. Unlike Gillespie’s opponents, he is not running a “smear campaign,” and is instead focusing on making his campaign about the voters, and the success of Virginia as a whole.
Economically, Gillespie recognizes the need for a “diversified” economy in Virginia, promising to make “across the board” cuts on the state income tax. He recognizes that more money in the pockets of Virginians will create conditions that will allow individuals, families, and small businesses to prosper. As a small business owner himself, Gillespie is dedicated to making an economy all Virginians can succeed in.
Gillespie is committed to slowing down the down the increasing tuition rates in Virginia while promoting vocational jobs for those who do not wish to attend college.
In being dedicated to pushing back against agricultural regulations, Gillespie believes in opening up the agriculture markets, which have been in decline since 2014, and “[balancing] the responsible stewardship of our environment with our economic needs.”
Gillespie is 100% pro-life, attending participating in the March for Life in 2017. He also supports our Second Amendment rights, and was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in 2014.
Gillespie has also received strong endorsements from influential members of the GOP, including former Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell, former 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, former Governor and current Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, and Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker. State Senators Obenshain and Sutterlein, and Representatives Goodlatte, Hurt, and Comstock have also endorsed Gillespie.
Virginia needs a true conservative to win in 2017, and Ed Gillespie is the only candidate that can faithfully bear that title. If you are interested in learning more about the campaign or volunteering, go to https://edforvirginia.com.