- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Sen. Tom Garrett says he’s driven every possible route through his district.

But he has never floated through the 22nd District - until now.

On Tuesday, Garrett launched a three-day canoe trip through the district in Lynchburg. He plans to travel about 50 miles on the James River and arrive at his family property in Buckingham County on Thursday. He will camp on public islands along the way.

“It should be an incredible opportunity to see what God’s done here in the 22nd District,” the Republican lawmaker told The News & Advance (https://bit.ly/1r8WUtp ).

He said he envisions the trip as drawing attention to the district’s natural resources and to the river.

“This is an opportunity to see the beauty of nature and see the 22nd District in a way I wish more people had the opportunity to see it,” he said.

Garrett’s district was newly redrawn when he was elected to his first term in 2011. It stretches from Amherst to Goochland counties.

“When we started way back in 2011 driving the district, one of the questions we got a lot on campaign stops was, ‘What’s the commonality?’” he told the newspaper. “Because the district is roughly the size of the state of Delaware, and it was new.

“My response generally was, you know, we all still say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and are good people. But geographically, the reality is (nearly the entire district) is served by either the Appomattox or James rivers. It’s sort of the river district.”

The James River crosses the district from Lynchburg to the border of the Richmond metro area. Garrett hopes, over time, to travel the river’s entire length.

He plans to post updates of his current tour on Facebook and Twitter as long as his cell service holds out. His progress can be followed at Facebook.com/VoteTomVA22 or Twitter.com/TomGarrettVA22.


Information from: The News & Advance, https://www.newsadvance.com/

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