Two more endorsements were announced today by the Virginia Association of REALTORS® through the Virginia REALTOR® Political Action Committee: State Senators Ralph Northam for Lieutenant Governor and Mark Herring for Attorney General. On August 20-21, 2013, candidates for statewide office appeared before the RPAC Board of Trustees for separate and extensive candidate interviews. Further, each candidate submitted written responses to questionnaires developed for this race.
Following these interviews and an evaluation of all responses received, the Trustees voted to recommend endorsements of Dr. Northam and Mr. Herring, on the basis of their understanding of real estate issues in the Commonwealth as well as their history of support for the real estate industry in the General Assembly. The Virginia RPAC Board of Trustees is composed exclusively of Realtor members, and all candidates are judged and endorsed based on their record related to real estate-specific issues.
Below is the press release for Dr. Ralph Northam‘s endorsement:
The Virginia Association of Realtors® has announced its endorsement of state Senator Ralph Northam for Lieutenant Governor today. The VAR, comprised of nearly 29,000 members, has supported both Republicans and Democrats in recent elections.
“I am honored to have bipartisan pro-business support from across the Commonwealth. Any Realtor will tell you that world-class school, an efficient transportation network, and safe streets are necessities for all Virginians,” said Doctor Ralph Northam. “Virginians count on a strong and predictable housing market for their family’s economic security. As Lieutenant Governor, I will continue working on those important issues with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to move our Commonwealth forward.”
Doctor Northam was endorsed because of his bipartisan approach to solving Virginia’s challenges and his pro-business record. In the Senate, Northam has supported policies to strengthen Virginia’s real estate market.
“Ralph Northam has a solid understanding of Realtor issues as well as those faced by property owners in Virginia,” said Mary Dykstra, President of Virginia Association of Realtors. “He will continue working to make the Commonwealth the best place not only for homeownership, but also business, and we are proud to endorse him for Lieutenant Governor.”
And the release for Mark Herring’s endorsement:
The Virginia Association of Realtors®, through its Realtor Political Action Committee, has endorsed Senator Mark Herring for Attorney General. The association cited Herring’s long support of a transportation compromise, and focus in the Senate on creating an economic environment that attracts new businesses and creates jobs in Virginia as reasons for supporting Herring.
“Mark Herring is a strong supporter of homeownership, and he knows that housing is critical to the Commonwealth’s economy,” said Mary Dykstra, President of the Virginia Association of Realtors. “We are pleased to endorse him for Attorney General for his commitment to a strong housing market and the real estate industry.”
The Virginia Association of Realtors is the largest trade association in Virginia, with nearly 29,000 members. Herring was proud to receive their support.
“I’m honored to receive this endorsement from the Virginia Association of Realtors. I’ve made it a priority during my time in the Senate to cultivate economic growth that fosters a strong housing market in Virginia, and to work with all sides to deliver real results for Virginians,” Herring said. “As Attorney General, I will continue advocating for a balanced economic approach that brings businesses to the Commonwealth, creates real jobs for all Virginians, and keeps our economy and our state moving forward.”