Tim Hugo spent 17 years in the House of Delegates representing Fairfax County. But after losing his seat to Democrat Del. Dan Helmer in the midst of the “blue wave” of 2019, Hugo is now aiming for the lieutenant governor’s seat.
Hugo, a Republican, said he was in the race because the current Democratic leadership “goes too far to the left.”
“It’s not the Democratic Party of 20 or 30 years ago. It is a democratic party of [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez], the Squad and the left wing, ”said Hugo.
In executive office, Hugo says he will fight for “conservative Republican values” – like gun rights and lower taxes.
Highlighting his record of 17 years in the House of Delegates, Hugo is convinced he can strengthen Republican leadership in Virginia.
“I won up there for almost two decades, I can help the team,” said Hugo.
As a delegate, Hugo sponsored and passed a $ 1 billion tax relief bill in 2019, following the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed under former President Donald Trump.
Hugo also led a two year study in 2006 to explore teleworking opportunities and possibilities for public and private sector employees. Lessons learned from this study – coupled with pandemic telecommuting standards – inform Hugo’s platform on COVID-19 recovery.
As lieutenant governor, Hugo plans to advocate for the expansion of broadband in rural Virginia to spread the opportunities of the “knowledge economy” – and telecommuting job opportunities that accompany it – throughout the state. With so many Virginians working from home, he believes the time has come for ‘ubiquitous’ broadband.
“I just came yesterday from southwest Virginia. We can do a lot with the broadband there, by promoting that, ”Hugo said. “We can promote a lot of these businesses to say, ‘Hey look, Northern Virginia is awesome, the beach is awesome, but southwest Virginia too. You can have a lot of land and a lot of good workers. I think we need to promote this – we can and we will.
Its pandemic recovery plans also call for the full reopening of schools and businesses.
Other aspects of Hugo’s platform involve defeating what he calls the “left socialist agenda” of the outgoing state Democrats. It plans to remove restrictions on access to firearms and promote voter identification requirements, among other priorities.
“Part of it is just to cut taxes, the growth of government that Democrats are doing,” Hugo said.
With the option of a tie vote in the state Senate, Hugo plans to vote against any tax hikes, gun restrictions, or increases in business regulations. To push his agenda, Hugo plans to travel around Virginia regularly to speak to voters and promote conservative policies.
He noted that the post of lieutenant governor is often treated as a ceremonial post, but Hugo believes the responsibilities of the office extend beyond deciding voting and presiding over the state Senate.
“You’re not just there to break ties. You’re there to promote an agenda and talk about how you want to make Virginia a better place, ”Hugo said. “If you don’t do this then you are, then you are not fulfilling the real responsibilities of this job.”
Hugo campaign fell under fire April 28 for shippers who represented one of Hugo’s opponents, Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), in a rainbow striped shirt at a pride celebration. The letter criticized Davis ‘”liberal” vote record and included an excerpt from a New York Times article that notes “Davis’ role in the expansion of Medicaid, his efforts to combat gun violence and his support. to LGBTQ anti-discrimination legislation ”.
Hugo defended the message, saying the campaign material was meant to draw attention only to Davis’ voting record.
“I took a photo of Glenn Davis from his Facebook page, where he’s wearing a silly shirt,” Hugo said. “He was talking about all the liberal things he’s done. That’s all he did.
Hugo believes his loyalty to the GOP throughout his political career separates him from other Republican candidates on the ballot. Totaling support from current and past Tory lawmakers, Hugo said his campaign’s message would resonate with those who are frustrated with the current leadership.
Hugo added that, in his experience, business owners were particularly dissatisfied with the regulations coming out of Richmond.
“I meet people every day and I say, ‘This is not what we expected. Democrats have pushed it too far to the left and that’s not good for Virginia. It’s not good for business, ”said Hugo.