- - Thursday, June 8, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

This year’s primary election in Virginia has produced great candidates for the Republican Party, and Virginians will have a direct involvement in the selection process. I am particularly pleased to see Ed Gillespie running for governor.

I first met Ed in 2006 when he was chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. I knew that a former Republican National Committee chairman would truly have Virginia’s best interests at heart.

Ed’s parents ran a grocery store, stocking shelves and sweeping the floor, Ed developed a superior work ethic. To put himself through college, Ed worked as a Senate parking lot attendant. Many years later he became counselor to the president of the United States.

With his plan to remove barriers for job creation for all Virginians, businesses can be assured of meaningful reform that will make it easier for them to thrive and grow in the commonwealth. Ed’s plan focuses on standing up for Virginia’s job creators, reforming Virginia’s regulatory climate, reforming occupational licensing and streamlining business formation.

It should be noted that in the CNBC “Top States for Business” poll, Virginia’s ranking slipped from fifth in 2013 to 13th in 2016. This statistic is unacceptable. I know that as governor of Virginia, Ed Gillespie will put Virginia in its rightful place among the top five states.

STEVE GROCE

Newport News, Va.

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