Chris on the Issues
Richmond Democrats and Mike Bloomberg outspent Chris by hundreds of thousands of dollars and he lost by 27 votes in 2019. This year will be different. Chris Stolle can beat Nancy Guy and he will be ready to serve on Day One.
First, Chris needs your support on June 8. Vote Republican Chris Stolle for Delegate on June 8. He’s fought for the unborn, protected the Second Amendment, and led on smart reforms to our health care system.
Chris Stolle is the right Republican, the experienced Republican for Virginia Beach. He can win this race and break up one-party rule in Richmond.
For the last year as Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chris has worked daily with the doctors and nurses directly on the front lines of this pandemic. Health systems, not Richmond, have led the way in protecting, and caring for those with COVID in our Commonwealth. We rolled up our sleeves, shared resources, exchanged best practice ideas, and supported each other all as a statewide health system team – all focused on ONE goal – caring for people.
Virginia lags the majority of the country in COVID vaccine distribution. Why?
A lack of leadership and organization at the state level. This failure of the current Democrat controlled legislature to appropriately respond to this crisis has directly led to negative health outcomes and a sky-rocketing increase in mental health issues in adults and our children who are struggling to learn at home in isolation. There is currently not a single physician serving in the House of Delegates. Who better to provide insight and oversight to the battle against this pandemic, and develop health disaster policy that is both accountable and flexible than a healthcare professional?
The economy of Virginia has suffered over this last year. Actions taken at the state level, lacking any basis in science, has hampered Virginia businesses, both large and small, and left many limping along struggling to hang on. Many small businesses are family-owned so when then business suffers – the entire family unit suffers. Having started a small business with his sister, Chris understands the nuances of a family-owned business, the needs of job creators and job seekers. He has consistently supported legislation that ensures a healthy and competitive environment for Virginia businesses and workers. New and growing businesses are looking for a skilled workforce, modern infrastructure, high quality healthcare, freedom from burdensome regulations, a low tax environment, and affordable communities. Businesses, not government, create jobs. As a member of the House Appropriations committee, Chris proved himself as a steward of the Commonwealth’s finances by helping to develop and pass a balanced budget every 2 years. Washington may be allowed to carry trillions of dollars in debt, but here in Virginia our state Constitution does not allow it. Funding Virginia’s core services requires many difficult decisions, but Chris is committed to delivering maximum value for Virginia citizens. Chris has received the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Champion of Free Enterprise Award 5 times and the Distinguished Advocate for Virginia Business twice for supporting Virginia’s growing economy.
As a Veteran and a member of a family full of veterans, Chris understands the needs of veterans and active duty servicemembers and has been a consistent champion for them in the General Assembly. Chris was the chief patron of the “Veteran’s Courts” legislation that provides options to veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (HB 1691). Chris passed legislation to create a pilot program providing a career path for Army Medics, Navy and Coast Guard Corpsmen, and Air Force Medical Technicians to begin practicing in the civilian healthcare industry (HB 825), then carried a bill that made this unique legislation that has become a model for other states permanent in 2018 (HB 915, 2018) These former military medical professionals who have transitioned into civilian healthcare have been a great asset to Virginia’s healthcare system throughout the pandemic. Chris led the effort with local and state leaders to secure funding and land for the new Veterans Care Center under construction in Virginia Beach and scheduled to open in 2022(HB 477). Chris added surviving spouses and children of veterans to Virginia’s state employee hiring preferences to ensure that our military families are supported (HB 253). Chris also expanded the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program that helps employers find qualified veterans and has now hired 65,000 Virginia Veterans (HB1641). Chris has been awarded the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Military and Veteran’s Advocacy award twice and named the Virginia Military Officers Association of America Legislator of the Year.
Chris has a unique perspective and expertise on healthcare legislation. He has consistently written legislation to make healthcare more affordable and accessible by reforming and refining the regulations placed on doctors, nurses, hospitals, and insurers. Chris has passed legislation to reduce unnecessary regulations on doctors (HB 226), expand insurance options for Virginia families (HB 2443, HB 2260, SB 1240), protect emergency room nurses (HB 1690), and expand the criteria for inmates to receive psychiatric care (HB 86). Chris’ healthcare experience combined with an MBA became very valuable to his colleagues on the Appropriations Committee - - often asking the tough questions of agency heads and legislators to ensure that healthcare dollars which account for 34% of Virginia’s budget were not wasted. Chris has received the Virginia Healthcare and Hospital Association Hero of Healthcare award, the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians Emergency Medicine Hero award, the Virginia Association of Nursing Friend of Nursing award, and the Virginia Emergency Nurses Association Sponsorship Award.
Our children should have access to a quality education no matter their zip code. Chris graduated from Cox High School and all 5 of his children graduated from Virginia Beach Public Schools. Virtual education can be a supplement, but it is NOT a replacement for face-to-face teaching, It is beyond time to get our children back in school. Chris consistently voted to increase education funding and supported teacher raises to ensure we retain our finest teachers. For his efforts to strengthen Virginia’s education system, Chris was awarded the Hampton Roads Workforce Council Workforce Innovation Award.
Protecting the Vulnerable
As a community, it is our responsibility to protect the vulnerable among us. Chris has demonstrated his commitment to the safety of his constituents by working to address threats to our community like human trafficking, domestic violence, and the opioid epidemic. Chris has voted to increase penalties for human traffickers (HB 1964), make it easier to report a crime (HB 1887), and ease the burden of victims when testifying (HB 2464). Chris has also voted to toughen penalties on domestic abusers, especially repeat offenders (HB 2042), while providing additional protections for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault (HB 1852)
Recurrent flooding is a growing problem for our communities. Chris led the way in the General Assembly by proposing bipartisan, common-sense legislation to adapt our communities to the risk of flooding. Chris carried legislation to create a cabinet position dedicated to Coastal Flooding (HB 345) and the legislation that created the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding (HJ 16), which he was then selected to lead. He also carried the legislation that created the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency housed right here in Hampton Roads (HB 903) and has worked with local, state, and federal authorities to secure funds for studies and projects to mitigate the effects of Coastal Flooding. Chris secured $10 million in state funding for the City of Virginia Beach to purchase and protect Pleasure House Point. He is a member of the American Flood Coalition and was awarded the Sierra Club Leadership Award for his work to address climate change and sea level rise.
Transportation infrastructure is an essential driver of economic growth and quality of life in Hampton Roads. Chris authored SmartScale, a landmark bill that takes the politics out of transportation funding (HB 2). Smart Scale prioritizes transportation projects based on their measurable contribution to the surrounding communities and the Commonwealth. This innovative legislation has led to significant investments in Hampton Roads’ transportation infrastructure, most importantly the expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. Chris served on the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization and the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission where he helped plan and fund many of the currently ongoing critical infrastructure projects in the region today. Chris received the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Transportation Reform Advocate Award for his innovative work on this issue. Chris’s SmartScale legislation has been recognized as a national best practice by The Southern Legislative Conference.
Chris is dedicated to ensuring that our community is safe and addresses the needs of those suffering a mental health crisis. To that end, Chris sponsored and passed legislation to reform and expand Virginia’s specialty docket system to more effectively handle veterans and those suffering from mental illness (HB 1691). Chris also passed legislation to improve the quality of mental health treatment in jails and standardize health care for inmates to reduce recidivism and more effectively rehabilitate inmates (HB 1918). To keep our communities safe, we must invest in sound, smart policies that treat the disease, not the symptom. Chris has supported pay raises for law enforcement and first responders, and legislation to address over-burned physhiatric bed system throughout the state.