I’m Flourette “Flo” Ketner, candidate for the 19th District of the Virginia Senate, which includes all of Salem City, all of Floyd, and parts of Bedford, Carroll, Franklin, Montgomery, Roanoke, and Wythe Counties. I am a wife and stay-at-home mother of three young children and have lived in the New River Valley for over 30 years. I graduated from Floyd County High School and Radford University, where I majored in English.
I was raised by a disabled grandmother on a fixed income while my mother painfully
lost her battle with drug abuse. As a child, my grandmother found herself in the position where she had to gain employment in order to care for us both. She became a librarian in Floyd where from age 9 until I graduated High School, I volunteered to
make her job easier. Starting my first job at age 15, I always helped pay our household bills until age 19 and was out on my own.
As a member of my community, I experience the same ups and downs we all have. I
pay the same prices for my electric bills, we all go to the same parks and community events, and shop at the same stores. You’ll find me driving on the same roads and my children and I picking up trash in parking lots. This is community is my home and a community where I am taking responsibility to protect for us, our children, and those in need.
As a mother, I realize the unique challenges facing our children here in Southwest
Virginia. Our children deserve to have the same opportunities to become the people
they want to be growing up here. I want 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.
I plan to bring these concerns with me to Richmond to ensure that we and our children have the same advancements and opportunities as those living in northern Virginia so that we may acquire the skills needed to become successful in the New River Valley. This is why I am advocating for better roads, last mile broadband connectivity, and will work to invest in economic development in the region. If elected to office, I will also stand against the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, champion corporate finance and tax reform, and fight for the rights we deserve as citizens.