State Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield) believes she is the right person for the Virginia governorship who will bring the necessary changes for the people of the Commonwealth.
The Virginia 2021 gubernatorial election will not take place until November, 2021, but that does not stop Chase from working in the intermediary to achieve her goal.
The Virginia Star recently spoke with Chase about her candidacy, policies and why she decided to run.
“I am running for Governor because after I spoke at the 2nd Amendment rally, my office was bombarded with requests for me to up my run for Governor from 2025 to 2021 since the people said I am the only voice that’s out front and center speaking on behalf of the people,” Chase said in an interview with The Star. [They said] we want you to run for office to support the people.”
Another reason Chase decided to enter her name into the race is because of, what she describes as, a lack of strong leadership under current Governor Ralph Northam.
“When I entered in this race for Governor I did not rely on polls, I said that this is a need for Virginia,” Chase said. “[The Commonwealth] needs a strong leader that is going to stand up to the pay-to-play system and be a voice for the people.”
Chase, who has been a member of the Senate since 2016, is never afraid to speak her mind or offer opinions on controversial subjects and believes that she has the requisite tools for the job.
“It takes someone that is both smart business wise and understands management and how it works,” Chase said. “I’ve got the education, the experience, the background to be ready day one as Governor. And I think I’m the voice of the people, I have tremendous support.”
Originally from the small town of Sheffield, Alabama, Chase has served as political director for two congressional campaigns and a lieutenant governor campaign. She has also worked for several banks, including the Federal Reserve, and currently works at Primerica Financial Services alongside her legislative duties, according to George Mason University school of policy and government.
If elected Governor, the unbashful lawmaker promises swift executive action and already has several policies and ideas she intends to implement.
“I will set a Guinness book of world records for the number of executive orders that I file in my first month of office,” Chase said.
Among her proposed ideas, Chase plans to restore 2nd Amendment rights for Virginians, strengthen law enforcement agencies with additional funding, helping small businesses by diversifying the state economy and overhauling the education system.
Specifically, Chase is advocating for the creation of a call center for parents and teachers to report incidents when public colleges and universities are “cited for indoctrinating our students to leftist and Marxist ideologies.”
When asked if she could win the gubernatorial election, Chase simply responded: “Oh, I know I will win, absolutely.”
As a result of her never-back-down style, Chase has garnered many critics throughout Virginia.
In November of 2019, Chase announced that she would no longer caucus with the state Republican Party citing a broken and failed party leadership and, in April of 2019, Chase reportedly berated and cursed at a Capitol Police officer who would not let her park in a secure area outside of Capitol Square.
Currently, Chase is the only Republican candidate that has officially announced their intention to run. U.S. Representative Denver Riggleman (R-VA-05) said he has formed an exploratory committee and former House speaker Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) has unofficially said he is running.
Democrats running for Governor include Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond City), Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Prince William) and current Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax. Former Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe has filed paperwork to run.
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