WEYERS CAVE, VA – Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, issued the following statement Saturday on the events in Charlottesville.
“The divisive rhetoric espoused by groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the National Socialist Movement is reprehensible. Today’s violence is tragic and heartbreaking, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims. These outside groups do not speak for, nor represent the values of the citizens of Charlottesville or the Commonwealth of Virginia. They are expressly racist and seek to divide Americans based on nothing more than the color of their skin. While they have the right to express themselves, I emphatically reject the bigotry they endorse and the violence that has occurred. The United States is – and should be -- a land of equal opportunity for all. I am grateful for the work done by local law enforcement, the Virginia State Police, and the Virginia National Guard. I am confident that those who committed the heinous act which resulted in a fatality will be brought to justice.”
Landes represents the 25th House District, which includes parts of Albemarle, Augusta, and Rockingham Counties. Landes is currently serving his eleventh term in the Virginia House of Delegates. Visit SteveLandes.com for additional information.