One month from today! That's all the time left until the November elections. I am once again in Richmond today for a meeting of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission and the MEI Project Approval Commission, but I'll be back on the campaign trail tomorrow - door knocking in Crimora. There are some important dates fast approaching regarding the upcoming election that you'll find below. Additionally, in today's Landes Letter, you can read more about the "Make 81 Safe" website, upcoming meetings on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines, and the 29th Annual October Virginia Wine Month.
Make 81 Safe
Like many of you, I share you concerns regarding the safety of Interstate 81. This is an issue I have been focused on for many years. In the 2014 General Assembly session, I introduced Budget Item 427 #2h, which directed staff in the VDOT Bristol, Salem, and Staunton districts to develop a prioritized list of congestion relief and safety improvement projects along the I-81 corridor that could be implemented over the next 10 years. I have also met with VDOT staff and Secretary Layne numerous times to discuss ways to improve I-81. The study identified 41 projects to be undertaken on I-81. I would like to share a new website with you created by Senator Mark Obenshain and Delegate Todd Gilbert to provide the citizens of the Shenandoah Valley with information and resources to raise awareness on this issue. You can visit the new website at the following link: https://make81safe.org/. My staff will also be discussing this issue at today's Commonwealth Transportation Board meeting to be held at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave. Please know I remain committed to providing congestion relief and safety improvements for I-81 and will continue my efforts to do so.
This year’s November Elections are four weeks from today! For those who are eligible, voting has already started! Absentee ballot requests are now being taken and ballots are being mailed out. If you are interested in voting absentee by mail, please click on the following link: https://voteabsenteevirginia.com/.
In-Person Absentee voting has started in your locality. Please visit the following link to find the locations and times for your area: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup.
If you’ve not yet registered to vote yet, or you know someone who needs to register, then please use this link to Virginia’s Department of Elections: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation. The last day to register to vote is Monday, October 16th by 5:00 p.m.
Important Dates to Remember:
LAST DAY TO REGISTER is Monday October 16th by 5:00 p.m.
LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT is Tuesday October 31st by 5:00 p.m.
LAST DAY TO VOTE IN-PERSON ABSENTEE is Saturday November 4th.
ELECTION DAY is Tuesday November 7th. Voters can go to their usual voting location from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
It's been great speaking with many of you as I crisscross the 25th District. I've been humbled by the positive response I've received and today, I announced the 2017 "Leaders for Landes,"
a group of over 30 locally elected officials and leaders expressing their support for my re-election to the House of Delegates in the 25th District. You can view the full list of Leaders for Landes here.
If you'd like to join me or help our campaign with door knocking, phone banking, or writing a letter to the editor, please contact my Campaign Manager Patrick Stott by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (804) 385-6786. I'm grateful for and humbled by the very kind letters to the editor I have seen on my behalf and hope to see more! As always, we will be happy to bring a yard sign to you, just let us know you'd like one by contacting Patrick here. Additionally, we have three GOP Headquarters that would appreciate your help. If you have a chance to volunteer for a bit, I encourage you to visit one of the three GOP Offices listed below.
Albemarle County GOP HQ
2132 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Augusta County GOP HQ
101 State Street, Staunton, VA 24401
Rockingham County GOP HQ
182 Neff Avenue, Harrisonburg, Va 22801
Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline Meetings Announced
The State Water Control Board will hold two meetings in December to consider additional Section 401 water quality certification conditions for the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. As I know many of you are interested in these projects, you may wish to attend one or both of these meetings. Each meeting is scheduled to last about two days. On the first day of each meeting, those who made oral or written comments during the public comment period will have an opportunity to sign up to speak to the board under the board's policy for public participation. Additional details and the official agenda will be available in early November.
Mountain Valley Pipeline. 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and Thursday, December 7, 2017. Location: Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline. 9:30 a.m., Monday, December 11, 2017, and Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Location: Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will present a summary of the public comments it received and will make its recommendations to the board on the proposed additional conditions at each meeting. Also at each meeting, the board may approve, deny or amend the recommendations.
29th Annual October Virginia Wine Month Celebration
October is the 29th Annual October Virginia Wine Month, offering visitors a chance to discover why Virginia is a wine destination unlike any other. October Virginia Wine Month is the oldest wine month in the country. Virginia ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with more than 280 wineries and over 410 vineyards. Sales of Virginia wine have shown solid growth in recent years. According to the Virginia Tourism Corporation, more than 2.2 million tourists visited Virginia wineries in 2015. Virginia’s wine industry generates $1.37 billion in economic impact to the Commonwealth.
We are fortunate to have a some of the best vineyards and wineries in the Commonwealth right here in the 25th District and I encourage you to visit one should you have the opportunity. For a list of October Virginia Wine Month events, please visit www.virginiawine.org/october-wine-month. To find more information on wine travel in Virginia including travel packages and deals, please visit www.Virginia.org/wine.
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Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your Delegate.