Flourette “Flo” Ketner is candidate for the 19th District of the Virginia Senate, which includes all of Salem City and Floyd, and parts of Bedford, Carroll, Franklin, Montgomery, Roanoke, and Wythe Counties. A wife and mother of three young children, she has lived in the New River Valley for over 30 years. She graduated from Floyd County High School and Radford University with a B.S. in English. Currently, she serves on the board of the new non-profit organization Cayambis Institute Of Latin American Studies in Music as the Treasurer.
She was raised by her disabled grandmother in poverty while her mother painfully lost her battle with drug abuse. As a member of her community, she experiences the same ups and downs we all have. She pays the same prices for her electric bills, goes to the same public parks and community events, and shops in the same stores. This community is her heart, home, and a community where she takes responsibility to protect us, our children, and those in need. She wants us to all have the ability to sleep at night knowing that when we wake up in the morning, we are going to have a warm place to live, food on the table, and help when we need it.
She plans to bring these experiences and concerns about rural areas with her to Richmond to ensure that we and our children have the same advancements and opportunities as those living in urban areas so we may acquire the skills needed to become successful in the New River Valley. This is why she is advocating for better roads, last mile broadband connectivity, and to address the opioid and drug epidemic head on. When elected to office, she will also stand against the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, champion corporate finance and tax reform, and work for better economic development to support the rights we deserve as citizens. If elected to office, she will also stand against the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, Offshore Drilling, and coal fired power plants.
Flo On The Issues
Quality transportation infrastructure is a necessity in rural Virginia. It is the pathway to our way of life and a healthy economy. Mass Public Transportation is a key component to keep our repair needs down. This is why she will ensure our needs are fully recognized and given a higher priority.
Last Mile Broadband Infrastructure
Internet is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity for our economy and our citizens. Though we have finally been making moves to expand broadband, we need to ensure that we go to the last mile and have it available to every home. The state has provided the infrastructure for last mile telephone for years because of the necessity and we need to do the same with the quality internet.
The Substance Abuse Epidemic has become more severe than before. We have routine reports of criminal arrests, overdose deaths, and even a rise of use in schools. We have to commit to addressing this crisis while addressing our mental healthcare crisis in tandem. We need to put a focus on prevention, early childhood abuse, caring for our citizens with the illness, and putting a strong stop to manufacturing.
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