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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Please join Delegate Tony Wilt for a Legislative Leaders Reception
with special guests:

Senator Mark Obenshain
Speaker-Designee Kirk Cox
House Majority Leader-Designee Todd Gilbert
and special guests:
Congressman Bob Goodlatte
Ed Gillespie

Thursday, June 22, 2017
6:00–7:30 PM

Home of Senator and Mrs. Mark Obenshain
8714 Beacon Hill Road
Rockingham, VA 22802

Benefactor ~ $1,000 (8 tickets)
Sponsor ~ $500 (6 tickets)
Patron ~ $250 (4 tickets)
Friend ~ $100 (2 tickets)
Individual ~ $35

RSVP/Questions:
tony@tonywilt.com or (540) 908-7618

Contributions payable to:
Wilt for Delegate | P.O. Box 1147 | Harrisonburg, VA 22803

Contributions to Wilt for Delegate are not tax deductible as charitable gifts for income
tax purposes. State law requires we report the name, address, occupation and employer
for each individual whose contributions aggregate in excess of $100 per calendar year.
Paid for and Authorized by Wilt for Delegate.

Final Veto Update

Since I have been back from Richmond, I have enjoyed the opportunity to attend a number of meetings and events to offer a legislative update. There are several additional events scheduled in the coming weeks, and I always welcome the opportunity to speak with constituents in the interim.

All work related to the 2017 Legislative Session was completed Friday, May 5. Last Friday was the deadline for the Governor to take final action on amended legislation that was taken up at the Reconvened Session on April 5. Given this, I want to offer a few thoughts on the Governor’s recent veto actions.

While there were accomplishments this session, many of them bi-partisan, unfortunately the Governor opted to focus on partisanship during the waning days of his administration. Rather than focusing on accomplishments, the Governor has been taking a victory lap for his veto record (49 bills this session). Many of these vetoes were common sense measures that received bi-partisan support with veto-proof majorities during the legislative process. However, for vetoes taken up at Reconvened, the Democrats that initially supported the legislation flip-flopped to vote to sustain the vetoes.

Thankfully the Governor has signed the budget bill, but not before attempting several item vetoes to the measure. The amended budget is a responsible spending plan that addressed the shortfall we faced, while maintaining additional funding support for some key priorities. Among his item vetoes was an attempt to remove the language prohibiting the Governor from unilaterally expanding Medicaid. Governor McAuliffe tried the same trick last year. However, just as last year, the Clerk of the House of Delegates, Paul Nardo, informed the Governor that such action is not in accord with Article V, Section 6 of the Constitution of Virginia. Supreme Court precedent has made it clear that an item veto to the budget can not carve out a particular portion of an item without removing the appropriation.

He attempted the same feat with a language provision that ensures public-private transportation projects are not required to use contractors with a labor agreement in place. The budget amendment does not prohibit labor agreements, it simply states they may not be mandated for these projects. Similarly, Clerk Nardo found this item amendment to be improper. It is disappointing that Governor McAuliffe would use the budget to try to curry favor with union bosses. If we want to improve our jobs climate in the Commonwealth, we need to support and strengthen our right-to-work policies, not erode them.

To view the Clerk’s official letter to the Governor, please click here.

I’m in, Join Me!

It’s official! Today I filed the appropriate paperwork to run for reelection to the House of Delegates as the Republican nominee for the 26th District.

It has been an honor to serve as your voice in Richmond for seven years and I would be privileged to continue to be that voice for the next two. While there have been accomplishments and successes, for better or worse change is often incremental. I am confident we can do more to address our challenges…and to be clear, Virginia has its challenges right now. While we used to consistently be rated as the top state for business, a major indicator of our economic vitality, we have begun to slip.

I believe the solution for Shenandoah Valley families and small businesses involves less unnecessary regulation, lowering the tax burden for all citizens and adopting education policy that ensures every child has the opportunity to succeed and meet the current needs of employers in the 21st century. We need to foster an economic environment that encourages job growth with not only more jobs, but higher paying jobs.

As you may have heard, two Democrat challengers have announced and intend to vie for their party’s nomination to run against me. While I expect they will have a starkly different approach to what I outlined above, I wholeheartedly believe that conservative governing is the right approach. I expect a strong majority of 26th District Citizens will agree.

I hope I can continue to count on your support. If so, I have three simple asks that should not take more than five minutes of your time, but will go a long way in helping to kick start my campaign…

1. Support the Campaign

The reality is that spreading our message and advocating our shared values and principals takes resources. While fundraising is far from my favorite part, it is necessary. We have a big reporting period that ends this Friday evening (March 31). Virginia law prohibited me from raising funds during session (which I think is a great law), but I need to catch up to ensure I have a solid show of support out of the gate.

Please consider contributing any amount by Friday, whether it’s $5, $25, $100 or $1,000. As someone who is frugal (my wife may say cheap!), I can assure you every donation is appreciated and every dollar will be put to good use.

You can donate securely online by clicking here and following the instructions.

You can also mail contributions to P.O. Box 1147, Harrisonburg, VA 22803. Please make checks payable to “Wilt for Delegate.” As long as they are postmarked and dated by March 31 they still count towards this report.

Thank you in advance!

P.S. – As a reminder, I’m hosting my 6th Annual Sporting Clays Shoot on Friday, May 5. If you want to have a great time with fellow sportsmen and support the campaign at the same time, please consider joining us. Please view the invitation here for more details.

2. “Like” my Page on Facebook!

Please click here to “like” my page on Facebook and follow the campaign. Already have? Encourage your friends to do the same and consider sharing my posts throughout the campaign to maximize the reach. Social media is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to spread our message!

3. Sign up for Email Updates!

The majority of you reading this likely already receive my emails. However, if you are reading this on our website, social media or if it was forwarded by a friend, please click here to sign up.

Unlike some groups, I make a point not to bombard you with constant emails. In addition to campaign updates, I also provide legislative updates at various times throughout the year and a weekly update during session.

With your help, we can continue to stand strong for our conservative values and principals in Richmond.