RICHMOND, VA – Today, Delegate Wren Williams (R – Stuart) issued the following statement:
“The Virginia Senate Democrats just voted to block Governor Youngkin’s nominees to the Virginia Parole Board. By their own admission, the Democrats did this out of pure spite for Republicans in the Administration and the House, to ‘teach the House a lesson.’”
“They rejected a very well-rounded slate of nominees, including law enforcement, a criminal defense lawyer, and a citizen who worked with the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Of particular note, they rejected Montgomery County Sheriff Hank Partin, who would have been a strong voice to represent us from Southwest Virginia.”
“This tantrum shows the lack of foresight that is unfortunately typical of the Virginia Democratic party. For all of Democrats’ talk about how we need more second chances for convicted felons, their vote will actually obstruct the process for people who are deserving of a second chance to receive a fair hearing.”
“The Democrats have a history of releasing violent criminals onto the streets, so on the bright side, we won’t have to worry about that happening as long as they continue playing these games. But I oppose this obstruction because it delays us from making the necessary reforms to the parole board and getting it where it needs to be – an institution that actually serves and respects the people and laws of Virginia.”
Wren Williams is currently the sitting delegate representing Virginia’s 9th House District, serving on the Committee on Public Safety, Committee on Privileges and Elections, and the Committee on Courts of Justice. Prior to running for the House of Delegates, Wren served as Chairman of the Patrick County Republican Committee, where he increased membership, helped flip the board of supervisors to Republican control, and raised money to make Patrick County one of the most active Republican Committees in the Commonwealth earning the Republican Party of Virginia’s “Unit of the Year” award. During the 2020 election, Wren traveled the country to help the Republican National Committee (RNC) and President Trump fight for election integrity in the courtroom in Wisconsin. Outside of politics, Wren lives in Stuart, Va. with his wife, Britt, where they own and operate Schneider & Williams Law Firm.