Southwest Virginia Leaders Endorse Kirk Cox For Governor

RICHMOND, VA. — Conservative leaders throughout Southwest Virginia endorsed Kirk Cox for Governor on Thursday, once again proving Kirk’s ability to unite conservative elected and grassroots Virginians across all corners of the state in supporting the former House of Delegates Speaker and retired teacher.

“This campaign is truly a campaign for all Virginians,” said Former House Speaker Kirk Cox. “It’s an honor to have the support of these incredible leaders throughout Southwest Virginia who have been instrumental in protecting their communities from harmful Democrat policies. I will always fight for the values of Southwest Virginians to make sure they have a seat at the table, are prospering at home and in the workforce, and never again feel forgotten by leadership in Richmond.”

“I have had the privilege of knowing Kirk for nearly 20 years,” said Senator Bill Carrico. “Kirk has proven to me and the rest of the conservative leaders on this list that he will always ensure that Southwest Virginians feel supported whether that be a better education for our children, standing by our law enforcement officers or fighting day in and day out for our jobs. Kirk Cox is the leader that will never put us on the back burner.”

“In the 26 years I’ve had the honor to serve in the House of Delegates with Kirk, he has always made a point to fight for the advancement of all corners of Virginia,” said Delegate Terry Kilgore. “Southwest Virginians have been forgotten by Democratic leadership for far too long and I know Kirk will stand up for our jobs and the needs of our families. It is for this reason I offer Kirk my full support, and encourage Republicans across Virginia to unite behind this true leader.”

“I support Kirk Cox as the next Governor of Virginia, as he will bring fair & balanced leadership to our state government,” said Smyth County Supervisor and small business owner Dr. Kris Ratliff.

“Kirk will be a great Governor. I think he will do a great job at improving our education system. We need a Conservative who has experience,” said Montgomery County Supervisor Todd King. “He’s dedicated to our commonwealth, and he will be great for Southwest Virginia.”

“During Virginia’s tumultuous and scandal-ridden early 2019, I saw Delegate Cox lead well in his role as Speaker of the House and gained a deep respect for him from afar. They say you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but when I had the chance to meet him later that year, my respect for him only deepened. He’s a true statesman, someone who can move Virginia in a better direction. If I could hand-pick someone to be my next Governor, it would be Kirk Cox. In every interaction, I have found him to be honorable and unwavering in his commitment to what’s right. He’s a proven conservative, a strong advocate for the unborn, and an active voice for our schools. This decision was not made lightly––this is my first public endorsement of any candidate. But I feel strongly that Kirk Cox is not merely the ‘best of the bunch’ – he’s the best person for the job. I hope you’ll join me in supporting him,” said Forrest Hite, Radford City Councilman.

“Kirk is a former teacher and coach, and he knows about what Virginia kids need to succeed. He also has a record of proven leadership as a member of our General Assembly and former Speaker of the House. His experience and vision is exactly what we need in a leader for our state,” said Montgomery County Supervisor Sherri Blevins. “I have a sense of civic duty to support leaders who put forth policies and solutions that will benefit our communities, and I know Kirk is the leader for Southwest Virginia.”

In the first few months of Kirk’s campaign for Governor, he was endorsed by former Governor and U.S. Senator George F. Allen, First Lady Susan Allen, Northern Virginia business leader Bobbie Kilberg, former Governor Bob McDonnell, and more than 50 current and former members of the General Assembly. The campaign has also announced endorsements from leaders in Stafford, Fredericksburg, Northern Neck, and the Tri-Cities.

Southwest Republican leaders endorsing Kirk Cox for Governor includes:

Blake Andis
Washington Co. SheriffGene Bishop
Floyd Co. School Board

Sherri Blevins
Montgomery Co. Board of Supervisors

Brandon Boyles
Galax Republican Committee Chairman, Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney

Allan Burke
Former Montgomery Co. Clerk of Court

Sherry Burke
Montgomery County

Bill Carrico
Former State Senator, 40th District

Jarrett Combs

Dirk Compton
Pulaski Co. Board of Supervisors

Jack Davis
Montgomery County

Sandy Davis
Montgomery County

A.J. Dudley
Franklin Co. Commonwealth’s Attorney

Jeff Edds
Scott Co. Sheriff

Aaron Gillespie
Former Tazewell Co. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

M.E. Marty Hall, Jr.
Chief of Staff for Del. Will Morefield

Ryan Hamrick
Montgomery Co. Republican Committee Second Vice Chair

James Hartlage

Forrest Hite
Radford City Council; Former House of Delegates Candidate

Terry Kilgore
Delegate, 1st District

Todd King
Montgomery Co. Board of Supervisors

Anthony Lowe
Fancy Gap

John McClanahan
Buchanan Co. Sheriff

Will Morefield
Delegate, 3rd District

Dave Nutter
Former Delegate, 7th District

Ronnie Oakes
Former Wise Co. Sheriff

Gary Parsons
Lee Co. Sheriff

John Peery
Tazewell County

Tyler Perkins
Pulaski County

Wayne Pike
Former Wythe Co. Sheriff & US Marshal for the Western District of Virginia

Nicole Price
Former Washington Co. Commonwealth’s Attorney and Board of Supervisors

Kris Ratliff
Smyth Co. Board of Supervisors

A.J. Robinson
Tazewell County

Erik Robinson
Tazewell Co. School Board

Nick Rush
Delegate, 7th District

Chip Shuler
Smyth Co. Sheriff

Mike Sobey
Wythe County

Barbara Stafford
Former Delegate, 5th District

Chris Tuck
Montgomery County

Will Wampler
Delegate, 4th District

Randy Wertz
Montgomery Co. Republican Committee Vice Chair

Joseph Yost
Former Delegate, 12th District

For a full list of endorsements, click here.