Name: Robert Bloxom Jr.
Race: House of Delegates, 100th District
Biography: “Robert S. Bloxom, Jr. is a native to the Eastern Shore of Virginia and resides in the Parksley area.
Rob and his wife, Lou, are the proud parents of three children, Blaire, Madison and Brant.
After high school, Rob went to the University of Richmond to complete his undergraduate degree and returned to the Eastern Shore to take over a third generation family business. Rob is the owner of Shore Tire & Auto in Onley, Virginia and two NAPA Auto Parts stores, located in Onley and Mappsville, Virginia. He is also the owner and operator of Egret Pointe Seafood Company.
He is an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, the Onancock Rotary, the coordinator of the Eastern Shore of Virginia’s Habitat of Humanity roofing teams, and a Director of the Economic Development Authority.
Why should residents elect you to the Virginia House of Delegates?
My re-election bid is based on performance. I have been involved in the community for decades, not months. I have been a lifelong resident of this district which gives me the background and roots to understand the needs and concerns of my friends and neighbors. I have a track record of accomplishment for the 100th District, while maintaining my promise of congeniality, honesty, and integrity to the constituents.
What is the biggest issue facing your district, and how do you plan to address it?
The biggest issue facing our district is jobs. The UAV hangar on Wallops Island has a backlog of projects that is a year and a half long. Not all of these projects are top secret, but all do require the closed air space that is surrounding Wallops Island. The closed air space is a mile from the Melfa airport. I plan to put in a budget amendment to construct a replica of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle hangar similar to the one the state built on Wallops Island. This move would address any overflow from Wallops and push the jobs south into Virginia away from the Salisbury, MD Airport. I am working with the Melfa Airport, the FAA, and Accomack County Board of Supervisors to figure which portion of the project the state would need to fund, in order to make this a reality.
What was the most important vote taken in the Virginia General Assembly in 2019, and why?
The most important task we vote on every year is the budget. Cities, counties, school divisions, and local law enforcement cannot proceed with their budget planning until they know what type of state support they will receive. The 2019 budget was delayed due to the federal tax code changes complicating the amount of revenue the state was to receive. Once the revenue stream was decided, the budget committee could then decide on the appropriations for the state.