Freshman Delegates to Watch
This incredible slate of freshman delegates are championing issues that will strengthen our law enforcement, empower parents to choose the right education for their children, hold public schools accountable and make our communities safer. We encourage you to watch them as they become a powerful force in the General Assembly.
Tara represents the 28th House District located in Stafford County and Fredericksburg. She is a mother, teacher and Marine wife. Tara was motivated to seek public office after a tense encounter with rioters in 2020. When Tara called the police to restore safety, she was told that the mob’s actions were sanctioned by the city government, and that law enforcement had no authority to intervene to ensure their safety. Clearly, she recognized the need for change.
Tara entered this year’s General Assembly focused on legislation that increases the safety of children in public schools along with being a co-patron for legislation that provides parents with more options for educating their children.
Mike represents the 66th House District located in Colonial Heights. Mike is an educator, a veteran and a pastor. Most importantly, Mike is a fighter who will never back down. When we first met Mike, he took us on a tour of Life Christian Academy, where he is the Head of School. It was obvious Mike has tremendous passion for education and for developing young people to be the best they can be. Prior to becoming a delegate, Mike served on the Colonial Heights City Council and has proven that he can work with anyone and everyone to support and protect our communities.
Karen represents the 85th House District located in Virginia Beach. Karen founded and developed Heritage Woodworks Inc., a highly successful custom cabinet manufacturing facility, which has spawned several growing Virginia Beach businesses. Karen knows how to make businesses grow. She knows what it’s like to be an employer and an employee. She has real world experience in creating jobs and solving problems. The General Assembly needs business leaders who can look at legislation with a keen eye for creating jobs and lifting people out of poverty.
Tim represents the 83th House District located in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Tim is a highly respected attorney and small business owner who has called Virginia Beach home for over 25 years. Over the course of his law career, he has been awarded the Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year and is a two-time winner of the Legal Elite Award from Virginia Business Weekly. Tim has always prioritized community service having been part of the UpCenter mentor program and has been an active participant in the grassroots community. Tim has been very concerned with the prevalence of violence in schools. During the 2022 General Assembly Tim offered legislation that would improve school safety.
Otto represents the 75th House District located across Brunswick, Emporia, Franklin City, Greensville, Lunenburg, Southampton, and Sussex. Otto is a proven fighter and community leader who has dedicated his career to serving Southside families. As a father, pharmacist, and experienced business owner, Otto is fighting for rural Virginia and delivering results that help improve his community for future generations. Over the years, Otto has helped thousands of Southside families and has seen firsthand how the loss of jobs and opportunity in the region has negatively impacted the local community. Otto introduced legislation this year that would protect relationships between a pharmacists and his/her patients.
A.C. represents the 91st House District located in Hampton, Poquoson, and York County. A.C. was born into a family with a strong work ethic and belief in service to our nation. Growing up, A.C., spent many days working with his father learning the value of hard work and technical precision serving as an apprentice to his father’s construction projects. He enlisted in the Air Force to serve America. After 3 years of service, he honorably left the Air Force and sought to further his education. Soon after the 2008 election helping the first black President get elected, he started to reflect on the policies of the Democratic Party finding that his core values did not align with the Democrats, but with the Republicans. AC proudly serves in the House of Delegates as a Republican.
Anne represents the 82nd House District located in Virginia Beach. Anne and her husband, former Naval officer Bob Tata, raised their four children in Virginia Beach. She understands the importance of plentiful job opportunities and pro-business policies that make her region’s economic engine thrive. As the daughter of an Army Chaplain and a schoolteacher, Anne Ferrell knows the importance of high academic standards in our schools and is also committed to working to support law enforcement. During her first General Assembly, Anne focused on legislation that would improve safety in public schools and provide parents with more options for educating their children.
Jason represents the 12th House District that includes Virginia Tech and Radford University. Jason Ballard is a husband, father, Veteran, attorney, and lifelong Virginian. While earning his law degree, the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 unfolded. Jason felt the call to serve his country more than ever, so he joined the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps upon graduation. Jason would go on to serve as the Senior Defense Council at Fort Knox, command the JAG School’s Student Detachment in Charlottesville, and become a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), famously known as the “Night Stalkers.”. Being located in rural Virginia, Jason is focused on bringing broadband to his community because it is critical to drawing business development and providing children with the latest in education technology.
Phillip represents the 88th House District located in portions of Fauquier, Spotsylvania, Stafford and part of Fredericksburg City. He was raised by his mother who was intentional about raising her children to be strong Christians. Professionally, Phillip worked for 10 years in residential and commercial construction. He worked for a residential remodeling company where he learned many skills that equipped him to be a well-rounded leader. In 2014, Phillip became a background investigator for the Federal Government. Phillip’s leadership skills were recognized, and he was quickly promoted. During the 2022 General Assembly, Phillip continued his leadership by championing education choice legislation.
Kim represents the 63rd House District located in South Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, and Petersburg. Kim is a Virginia native. She attended Virginia public schools and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. One of Kim’s many strengths is her small business experience. She and her husband, Butch, own two automotive shops in South Chesterfield and Moseley, VA. They employ 18 families and provide excellent service to their customers. Kim clearly understands the challenges small business owners face with overregulation and high taxes. She will be an important influence in the General Assembly as they policy issues are debated.
Delegate March serves Patrick, Floyd, Carroll, Montgomery, Henry, and Galax. She knows the New River Valley is the most beautiful place on Earth to work and raise a family. New River Valley is her home, where she plans on continuing to stand against radical agendas and fight for our freedoms.
She continues to champion legislation that benefits the people of her district. She stands for our Constitution, faith, supporting the 2A community, small businesses, lower taxes, fighting for veterans and our military, backing the blue, and standing proudly for the National Anthem. Marie was taught the value of standing up for what she believes in at a young age.
Delegate Williams serves a district that includes the south half of Smith Mountain Lake all the way to the North Caroling border. Wren has been active in conservative politics from a young age and served as the Republican Chair of Patrick County from 2018 to 2021. During his time as Patrick County Republican Chairman, Wren increased membership, helped flip the board of supervisors to Republican control, and raised money to make Patrick County one of the most active Republican Committees in the Commonwealth earning the Republican Party of Virginia’s “Unit of the Year” award. During the 2022 General Assembly, Wren introduced legislation ranging from improving election integrity to keeping our communities safer.
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