Va. lieutenant governor hopeful Reeves visits Loudoun County
State Sen. Bryce Reeves, one of three Republican candidates for lieutenant governor of Virginia, visited Loudoun last week to talk public safety with Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman (R). Reeves, a former police officer and vice narcotics detective for Prince William County, rode along with a deputy around Leesburg and the surrounding area.
“Loudoun is one of the fastest growing counties, not only in the commonwealth, but also in the United States of America,” Reeves told the Times-Mirror. “We've been looking at some of the challenges they have from a law enforcement perspective, with regard to the heroin epidemic, to traffic enforcement ... and to really get a feel for the department, where they are with regard to some of the other sheriff's departments in the state.”
Reeves talked about the importance of lawmakers seeing first hand the impact legislation has on the ground and in sheriff's departments statewide. He is involved in working to change the current law where citizens are charged with reckless driving for a “simple fender bender.” Under current law, drivers finding themselves in that situation are having to get a attorney and are facing a $2,500 fine, up to a year in jail and losing security clearance. Currently officers don't have discretion to write a lesser charge. Reeves believes it ends up wasting court time.
In their meeting, Reeves said he talked to Chapman about challenges the sheriff's department is facing, some of which can be addressed in the General Assembly and others that the sheriff is working through.
Reeves, also a former Army ranger, defeated a 28-year incumbent Democrat in 2011 to win the 17th District Senate seat. He narrowly won by 86 votes that year. He was re-elected in November 2015 with nearly 63 percent of the vote. Reeves has run a small businesses with his wife, Anne, for the past 16 years. He describes himself as a fiscal conservative focused on improving Virginia's economy, fighting for tax payers and a preserver of family values. He's also a strong advocate of Second Amendment rights.
“We feel very good about the campaign right now,” Reeves said. “We've been around all 133 jurisdictions. We've been well received, I think people want leadership that's been tried and tested. I've had a multitude of experiences, multitude of education backgrounds and I think that's what it's going to take, a problem solver who gets things done.”
However, Sheriff Chapman, who was unavailable for an interview, has already endorsed state Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Fauquier) in the GOP primary race.
Virginia Del. Glenn Davis Jr. (R-Virginia Beach) is a third candidate in the race for the Republican nomination. Democrat candidates are Susan Platt, who served as Joe Biden's chief of staff in the Senate, former U.S. attorney Gene Rossi and former U.S. attorney Justin Fairfax.
Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is currently campaigning for the Democratic nomination for governor along with former Congressman Tom Perriello.
Primary straw poll results published by the Loudoun County GOP on April 9 showed Vogel taking 61 percent of the vote, Reeves 26 percent and Davis 13 percent.
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