Richmond, VA -Today, Anne Holton continued her tour of colleges and community colleges with a stop at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, where she shared Governor Kaine’s strategies to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum, workforce development programs, and career and technical education. Later, Holton visited the Boys & Girls Club of Augusta/Waynesboro as well as People Places of the Valley in Staunton, a nonprofit child welfare agency that serves troubled children.

“Tim always says, you can’t cut your way to prosperity,” said Holton. “As governor during the worst recession since the Great Depression, he made more than $5 billion in necessary spending cuts, but he also made sure to invest in priorities like education, health care, and infrastructure. During his term, Tim worked to expand pre-k enrollment by 40 percent and helped pass a record higher education bond package that built facilities across Virginia.  Tim is a strong believer in a talent economy and he knows that we need to invest in our workforce and education system to remain competitive in a global economy.”

Later, Holton visited the Boy & Girls Club of Augusta/Waynesboro as well as People Places of the Valley in Staunton, where she spoke about her work reforming the foster care system and discussed Kaine’s strong record of working across the aisle to improve the lives of Virginia families and children. Serving first as a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge and then as Virginia’s First Lady, Holton has dedicated much of her career to children and family issues. Her signature initiative, “For Keeps: Families for All Virginia Teens,” helped secure permanent housing for older children and teens in Virginia’s foster care system and helped thousands of children find permanent homes with relatives and adoptive families.

“Tim is a great listener and will always bring folks together to solve problems,” said Holton. “As our next senator, I am confident Tim will continue to be a bridge-builder and work to break through the Washington gridlock to move Virginia forward.”

Since the beginning of the year, Holton has traveled across the Commonwealth talking to voters and sharing Kaine’s Virginia-based strategies to create jobs and strengthen the economy for the long term.