“For the people of Hampton Roads, transportation has been an overarching issue for decades. The people of our region have repeatedly made it clear that transportation solutions should come from new thinking and not new taxes. Like Governor McDonnell, I advocate an ‘all of the above’ approach to employing transportation solutions. Whether it is requiring performance accountability from VDOT, an increased utilization of the Public-Private Transportation Act, or encouraging the expanded use of telework, Virginia must embrace a comprehensive approach to alleviating congestion on our roadways.
“As a local elected official for nearly three decades, I can attest first-hand to the encroachment of Washington and Richmond on decisions made by local governments. Unfunded mandates increase the cost and expand the size of government at every level, discouraging innovative solutions by employing a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. As Delegate, I will work both to reduce unfunded mandates and to prevent new ones from being enacted.
“With my candidacy, I offer my friends, neighbors throughout the 91st District the opportunity to elect a principled, conservative Delegate with the experience to hit the ground running in Richmond. They can count on me to fight against higher taxes and the further expansion of government. They can count on me to stand up for our job-creating businesses and against onerous regulation. They can count on me to support our traditional values and to protect life.
“I have spent my lifetime in Hampton Roads. Here, I’ve been a student, a soldier, a manufacturer, a volunteer fireman and an elected public official. And here, I’ve been a son, a husband, a father and a grandfather. These roles and the lifetime of experience they have brought, have prepared me to be an effective Delegate for the people of Hampton, Poquoson and York. I ask for their support, first in the Republican Canvass on January 18, and then in the election on March 8.”
Gordon C. Helsel, Jr. was first elected to Poquoson City Council in 1982. He served as Vice Mayor from 1990 to 1994. He was first elected Mayor of Poquoson in 1996.
Gordon and Joyce (Rasnick) Helsel have two sons and two grandchildren. The Helsels are members of Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton.