Friday, May 20, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Forbes Demonstrates Effectiveness, Knowledge, Wins Va Beach Chamber Debate

Forbes Demonstrates Effectiveness, Knowledge
Wins Virginia Beach Chamber Debate

Date: May 20, 2016
Contact: Hailey Sadler, Communications Director, (757) 692-2108

Virginia Beach, VA -- Today, Congressman Forbes' demonstrated his effectiveness, experience, and superior depth of knowledge on national defense issues, clearly coming out on top in the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce's Congressional debate. 

"Hampton Roads doesn't just rely on a strong military -- a strong military relies on Hampton Roads," said Congressman Forbes. "Our region -- our home -- represents the intellectual and industrial front-lines of the national security of this country. It's here that we rebuild the Navy and equip those who fight to keep us safe with the resources they need to come home safe.

Ultimately the question is this: If your job is on the line, who do you want fighting for your job? If the bottom line of your business is on the line, who do you want fighting for that bottom line? And if your sons and daughters are across the globe and they need resources to make sure they can keep us safe and come back safe themselves, who do you want fighting for them?

I believe in protecting and defending this nation. I believe in growing and sustaining the region I call home. That's why I am running for office, and that's why I'm asking for your vote on June 14."

Throughout the course of the debate, Congressman Forbes laid out a vision of fresh ideas for Hampton Road's future as the country's epicenter for national defense. This includes:
  • Authorizing the highest levels of shipbuilding funding since the Reagan era
  • Rebuilding the Navy to the 350 ships our national defense needs
  • Seizing on America's "new Sputnik moment" with hypersonics at NASA Langley
  • Expanding space and military missions at Wallops Island
  • Lighting up the ports with his 414 plan to accelerate the construction of roads and bridges
  • Supporting further innovation and discovery at Jefferson Labs in Newport News
  • Promoting Modeling and Simulation and partnering with community colleges for increased technical workforce training
Among those attending the debate in support of Congressman Forbes were multiple Gold Star families, including:
  • Carl and Jean Dozier, the parents of SSG Jonathan Dozier, United States Army Infantry, who was killed in action on January 9, 2008 in Iraq
  • Randy and Wendy Childers, the parents of LCPL Cody Childers, United States Marine Corps, who was killed in action on August 20, 2010 in Afghanistan 
  • Mark and Nancy Stets, the parents of SSG Mark Stets, Jr. United States Army, who was killed in action on February 3, 2010 in Pakistan
  • Brady Snyder, the son of LT Sean Christopher Snyder, United States Navy, who was killed in a helicopter accident off the coast of Virginia Beach on January 8, 2014
Congressman Forbes has received the endorsement of some of America's top retired Navy SEAL Commanders, who collectively led 7 SEAL teams, as well as 7 Secretaries of the Navy, over 50 retired military officers, 120 top business leaders from some of the region's most established employers, and over 40 elected and conservative leaders from across the Second District. His supporters include the majority of the Virginia Beach Republican Delegation in the General Assembly. Both Congressman Scott Rigell, (VA02), and Congressman Rob Wittman, (VA01), have endorsed Randy Forbes.

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