I’m Flourette “Flo” Ketner, candidate for the 7th District of the Virginia House of
Delegates, which includes all of Floyd, most of Pulaski, and southern Montgomery
Counties. I am a stay-at- home mother of three young children and have lived in the New
River Valley for over 25 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 and my mother unfortunately
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 and beginning at age 9 until I graduated High School, I helped as a volunteer to
make her job easier. When I started my first job at age 15, I always gave her my
paychecks to help with our household bills. I did this until age 19 and was out on my
As a member of my community, I experience the same ups and downs as everyone else. I
pay the same prices for my electric bills, I go to the same parks and community events,
and I shop at the same stores. You’ll find me driving on the same roads and picking up
trash in parking lots. This is a community I am home in, and a community I feel a
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 the way I had 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 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 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.