News briefs for Sept. 19

Harris endorsed by Warner, Webert by business group

Former governor and U.S. senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) announced his endorsement of Democratic challenger Colin Harris for delegate in Virginia’s 18th district last week. Incumbent Republican opponent Michael Webert picked up support from a statewide small-business association.

Warner, who served a term as Virginia’s governor from 2002-2006, cited Harris’ “fresh approach,” bipartisan solutions and willingness to work across party lines as reasons for his endorsement. “Colin Harris has worked for both Republicans and Democrats,” Warner said of Harris, a 2013 university graduate and Capitol Hill aide who is challenging first-term Republican Del. Michael Webert in the district, which includes all of Rappahannock County and parts of Fauquier, Culpeper and Warren counties.

“He understands we cannot let partisanship prevent progress in our Commonwealth,” Warner said in a prepared statement.

Harris said that Warner’s support would continue to strengthen his campaign as it builds momentum to the Nov. 5 election. “I am deeply honored to have the support of someone I admire as a great bipartisan leader and job creator,” said Harris. “As governor and senator of our Commonwealth, Mark Warner has worked each day to bridge the partisan divide and foster economic prosperity . . .”

Harris said he would work “to create 21st century jobs, protect our quality of life, prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow and keep government out of our private lives.”

Meanwhile, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Virginia’s leading small-­business association, last week endorsed incumbent Webert in the 18th district race.

The endorsement was made by NFIB/Virginia SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, which is comprised of NFIB members.

“Michael Webert clearly understands the challenges facing Virginia’s job creators,” said Nicole Riley, state director of NFIB/Virginia. “In fact, he and three other legislators — all small-­business owners — took the initiative to start the Business Development Caucus to ensure issues impacting small businesses remain a top priority. Our members believe Del. Webert will continue to take a fiscally responsible approach to managing state government and support legislation that helps our small businesses grow and create jobs.”

NFIB/Virginia’s agenda in the 2014 legislative session will include tax reform, improvements to Virginia’s workers’ compensation system and the final phase-­out of accelerated sales-­tax payments.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by an organization working to provide a voice for small business in the Commonwealth,” Webert said. “Their support reaffirms my belief that creating jobs is about more than just a paycheck — it’s about working to provide a better life for yourself and those you love. Together, I want to continue to cultivate innovation and encourage small businesses to grow, overcome adversity and provide families with the opportunity to succeed.”

Miller is alternate to Angus convention

D. Brooke Miller of Washington has been elected as an alternate delegate to the 130th annual American Angus Association (AAA) annual delegates convention Nov. 18 in Louisville, Ky., one of 302 Angus breeders who have been elected by fellow members to serve as an alternate state representative to the annual meeting.

Representing 48 states, Washington, D.C. and Canada, the state delegates participate in the business meeting and elect new officers and five directors to the AAA board. With nearly 25,000 active members, the AAA is the largest beef breed organization in the world.

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