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Sayre enters race for 24th…slowly

Posted by Stephen on February 19, 2007

“My positions on issues will come out during my campaign, but today I want to tell you a little bit about me. I want you to get to know me.”

With that, Scott Sayre entered the race for the Republican nomination for the state Senate seat in the 24th district against incumbent Emmett Hanger.

Hanger has been under fire from fiscal conservatives in the district after supporting the 2004 budget of former governor Mark Warner that resulted in a tax increase of more than $1 billion annually.

Sayre, 48, is a native of Waynesboro and the founder of Sayre Enterprises, which employees more then 100 people in Lexington, Buena Vista and Fishersville. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and Liberty University and a nine-year United States Army veteran.

The early message from Sayre was simple. He has deep roots in the 24th district that have contributed to the values he speaks of, while also allowing him to cultivate a business presence from which he draws what seems to be the center point of his campaign, low taxes and sensible budgeting.

“As you know, I’ve never been in politics before. I’m going to run on my experiences in business, and this is going to be a very positive campaign. For the last 25 years I’ve been serving the country, contributing to the community, raising a family and wanting to give back one way or another.”

Sayre repeated his mantra that low taxes, deregulation of small business, and a business model approach to government is what is needed today. He believes that his experience in growing his business from one person and one product in his garage will guide him in his approach to government.

“In the last ten years our population has grown 10-12%, and yet in the last ten years we have doubled our spending. You couldn’t run a business like that. You couldn’t run a family like that. We’ve got to return some sanity to that.”

Promotional material provided by the Sayre campaign list issues he is running on which include holding the line on taxes and spending, creating jobs, cracking down on illegal immigration and gang violence, and protecting Shenandoah Valley values.

Missing for some were issues of transportation and energy, two hot button topics of the latest general assembly. More importantly, there were few details offered by Sayre on his plan for solutions to the challenges in Virginia and how he would accomplish his goals.

“I’ll be speaking publicly at the Maple Sugar Festival; I’ll have a booth there.” Those answers will come, he shared, but first he wanted to make it official.

“Today, I’m announcing that I am running for the 24th district senate seat. My positions on issues will come during the campaign. We’ll be developing that platform as we go along. We need plans and solutions to problems. That’s what I’m all about, and I’ll show that to people during this positive campaign.”

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.


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