It is an honor to represent the citizens of Harrisonburg and Rockingham in the Virginia House of Delegates. I thank you for your support as we work to make Virginia a better place to live, work and raise a family.

As your Delegate, I represent your voice in the General Assembly. I want to know your concerns and ideas pertaining to state issues. Never hesitate to contact me, I am here to serve you!

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Join Me at a Town Hall and Complete My Legislative Survey

With the holidays behind us, the 2016 General Assembly Session is just around the corner. It is scheduled to commence at noon on Wednesday, January 13. I want to remind you about two opportunities to share your perspective on various issues impacting our Commonwealth. Your input is a critical component in shaping my positions on legislative matters that will likely come before us this session.

Joint Town Hall
On Tuesday, January 5 I will be hosting a joint town hall with Delegate Steve Landes. The meeting will be held at the Bridgewater Town Hall Building located on Mason Street in Bridgewater. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. While we will offer some initial comments, we want to spend a large portion of the time hearing from you. If you need any additional information about this event, please feel free to contact my office.

Legislative Survey
My 2016 legislative survey is now available online. It covers a number of issues that will likely be taken up this session. While I do my best to cover a broad range of topics, there is simply no way to incorporate every issue into a survey that can be conveniently completed in a few minutes. Therefore, you are welcome to email additional comments in response to the questions, or you can share your thoughts on any issue that may not be covered in the survey. If you feel you need more background information to gain a better understanding of a particular question, please contact my office. You can access the online survey by clicking here. If you would like a printed copy, please let us know and we will be glad to mail that to you upon request.

Contact Me
Starting Monday, January 11, we will be working from our Richmond office and will remain there through the end of the regular 2016 Session. I welcome and encourage you to reach out to my office if you would like to voice your opinion on legislation. If you are experiencing a problem with a state agency you can continue to contact us during session. We will do what we can to assist you.

I love visiting with constituents during session, and while I will try to make every effort to meet with you in person, I cannot guarantee this will always be the case. However, if you are able to schedule an appointment ahead of time, usually we can accommodate. If you are visiting Richmond, my office is located in room 526 of the General Assembly Building.

While in Richmond, my office can be reached by phone at (804) 698-1026. You can continue to contact me by email at DelTWilt@house.virginia.gov

Thank you in advance for your input!

Solid Mix From the 26th

From left to right: Delegate Luke Torian, Delegate Danny Marshall, Delegate Rob Bloxom, Delegate Tony Wilt, Delegate Lee Ware, Delegate Margaret Ransone, Delegate Michael Webert

From left to right: Delegate Luke Torian, Delegate Danny Marshall, Delegate Rob Bloxom, Delegate Tony Wilt, Delegate Lee Ware, Delegate Margaret Ransone, Delegate Michael Webert

With the unofficial end of summer behind us and the official beginning of autumn just a few days away, I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather and start of the fall festival and sports season.

The last few weeks have been particularly busy for me with a number of facility tours, along with several forums and local meetings that I participated in. I want to thank everyone that came out to our annual Valley Business Summit in August. We had a great crowd and I hope it was a good opportunity for business owners and entrepreneurs to network and gain some valuable information.

Last week I joined my colleagues on the Chesapeake Subcommittee for a two day retreat that took us to several locations in the Northern Neck region and Gloucester Point. It was a great hands-on opportunity to gain more information and insight on the issues that the Chesapeake Subcommittee considers.

Request a Sign

I’m sure everyone has seen campaign signs popping up around the community. While I have some signs out, I would like to get more placed before Election Day. If you would like a sign for your home or business, please let us know and we will be sure to make arrangements to get it to you. We have smaller yard signs, as well as larger 4×4 signs that we would like to place in more prominent locations.

House Page Program

Applications are currently being accepted until 5:00 pm on October 19 for the House Page Program. Any 13 or 14 year old student (as of Jan. 13, 2016) can apply online to serve as a page for the 2016 General Assembly Session. It is a highly regarded program that immerses students in the legislative process. Participants gain knowledge and experience that is difficult to obtain in a classroom setting.

All applicants are required to obtain a letter of endorsement from their Delegate. Before submitting a letter of support it is my requirement to meet with the applicant. If you are interested in becoming a House Page, please contact my office at (540) 208-0735 or DelTWilt@house.virginia.gov to set up an appointment. Click here to access the online application.

Food Drive 1Food Drive – Thanks for Your Support!

I want to thank everyone that contributed to our food drive. We were able to fill up the back of my truck and donated 381 pounds of food to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank! A special thanks to Phyllis Rinaca and Anne Nielsen who both made large donations.

On September 1st I delivered the food to the Verona office and enjoyed spending a few hours with several of my General Assembly colleagues sorting food and learning more about how the food bank operates.

Important November Election Deadlines

  • Deadline to register to vote: October 13
  • Deadline to apply for absentee ballot by mail: October 27
  • Last day to vote in peron absentee: October 31

 

Solid Mix From the 26th

2015 July 4 ParadeI hope everyone had a great Independence Day. I enjoyed seeing many of you at the Harrisonburg parade on Saturday. We had a large group of volunteers that walked the parade, thanks to everyone that came out! In the coming months, I look forward to seeing you at the various fairs, lawn parties and other community events throughout the district.

 

Donate To Our Food Drive!

On September 1st I will join my colleagues at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank for Elected Officials Volunteer Day. Since September is Hunger Awareness Month, I thought it would be great if we could show up to the food bank that morning with a truck load of food to help those in need in our community. So we have decided to hold a food drive throughout the remainder of July and August. Our goal is to fill up the back of my pickup truck with non-perishable food items. To do this, I will need your help!

Please drop off non-perishable items at my office anytime during normal business hours between now and Monday, August 31. My legislative office is located at 420 Neff Avenue, Suite 130, Harrisonburg. For a list of the most needed items, please click here.

In addition to my office, we will also have a donation box available during the Rockingham County Fair at the Republican booth. Please feel free to visit the Republican booth and drop off your items during fair week (August 17-22).

Thanks in advance for your help in reaching our goal! As you know, there are many folks in our own community that are faced with hunger on a regular basis, many of them children. This is one small thing we can do to assist the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in addressing this problem.

New Laws To Consider

As many of you may already be aware, the majority of the laws that were passed in the 2015 General Assembly Session went into effect on July 1, 2015. Some of these law changes may affect you.

Each year, the Department of Legislative Services compiles a list of legislation that may affect Virginia citizens. While this is by no means a comprehensive list, I encourage you to take a look at it, and share it with your friends.

This publication, titled In Due Course, can be found online here.

Save the Date

Please save the date for the third annual Valley Business Summit at Blue Ridge Community College. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, August 26. Registration will begin around 7:30am and the event should conclude by noon.

The event is FREE of charge and open to any business owner/manager or aspiring entrepreneur. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about what resources may be available to assist in starting or growing their business, and they will actually be able to connect with officials from various agencies and organizations that can help them pursue these resources. More details will be forthcoming soon, but be sure to mark your calendar.