Tim Hickey wants to represent Nelson County
In the Virginia House of Delegates, Nelson County is split between two districts: the 59th is mostly the east side (see map here) and the 20th is mostly the west side (see map here). (Use the button on the right to find who represents your address.)
Both districts are held by Republicans, Matt Farris in the 59th and Richard “Dickie” Bell in the 20th. All the Delegate seats are up for election next November. This week Dickie Bell unexpectedly announced he is retiring so the 20th will have an open seat. Bell has held the seat since 2009.
In the 59th District, it appears that Matt Farris will have an opponent in Tim Hickey. Born in New Jersey, Tim came to Virginia to go to William & Mary and later attended UVA’s law school. After a brief time working for a big-time law firm, he changed paths and started teaching, first in New York City and starting in 2005 in Albemarle County. He currently is coordinator of innovative programs in Green County.
Tim says he recognizes the importance of broadband to economic growth in rural communities and supports its development.
As an educator, he is for increasing funding for schools and increased pay for teachers. He also wants to move away from standardized testing. He also supports work force development in jobs in the new Green economy. He supports the legalization of marijuana and that it should be source of tax revenue and new small businesses. He has many ideas for improving the health care system in Virginia and among them would be a support for a public option in the ACA Individual Market.
He has many other positions on the issues on his site. One more important stand that should be noted is to restore trust in our democracy Tim says he will not accept any donations from for profit corporations, their PACs or trade associations.
Farris has held the seat since 2011 when he ran in the open seat, beating Nelson County’s Connie Brennan by 2,582 votes. In 2013 and 2015 he ran unopposed. In 2017 he beat Tracy Carver by a 2 to 1 margin. Sounds tough, but a lot has changed in the last two years. Come meet Tim Hickey on Sunday, January 20th at Rapunzels between 2 and 4 to learn his plans.