Delegate M. Kirkland “Kirk” Cox (R-Colonial Heights), House majority leader, has announced that he will seek re-election to the 66th District seat in the House of Delegates. Cox also turned in his Certificate of Candidate Qualification to the State Board of Elections.
“I am running so that I can continue to work for positive solutions to help the citizens of Colonial Heights and Chesterfield County, as well as the rest of the Commonwealth, as we work to make Virginia a leading state in the return to a stronger economy,” Cox stated in his email.
According to an email, Cox highlighted some of his successful initiatives supported by House Republicans and Governor McDonnell. “In the past two years, Republicans in the House of Delegates, working with Governor McDonnell, have tackled important issues facing our Commonwealth and found solutions to help all Virginians. We have helped Virginians get back to work, made a significant investment in improving our roads, reformed our higher education system to increase access to Virginia students at an affordable cost, recognized and supported our veterans, made significant progress in helping our fellow citizens with intellectual disabilities, and balanced the state’s budget without raising taxes on hard-working Virginia families and businesses.”
A 28-year school teacher, Cox has always focused on ensuring that Virginia has first-class schools that provide our children with a top quality education. This year, Cox successfully sponsored the higher education reform bill, House Bill 2510, which will implement the necessary reforms to achieve Governor McDonnell’s goal of conferring an additional 100,000 degrees in the next 15 years.
In looking to the campaign ahead, Cox laid out his priorities to his supporters. “If re-elected, I will continue to focus on helping businesses create new jobs, crafting a fiscally responsible budget that does not raise taxes on Virginia families, and supporting our shared conservative values,” wrote Cox. “I will also continue to support our veterans, military service members, and their families. I believe they have earned our support, and I plan to continue this effort as part of my legislative program and through my service on boards and commissions.”
Presently, Cox is the only candidate to announce his candidacy for the 66th District seat in the House of Delegates.
As outlined in House Bill 5005, which was signed into law by Governor McDonnell, the new 66th District includes all of Colonial Heights and 13 precincts in Chesterfield County. The 13 precincts included in the 66th District are as follows: South Chester, Harrowgate, Wells, Ecoff, Iron Bridge, Nash, Winfrees Store, Beach, Winterpock, Bailey Bridge (split precinct), Birkdale, Carver, and Cosby.