Virginia House of Delegates District 100
2017 Race Update: Willie lost 47.69% to 52.14%
Willie Randall is no stranger to public service. Willie, the Democrat running for the House of Delegates in the 100th District, served in the United States Army for over 20 years, and served on the Northampton County Board of Supervisors for four years. Outside of those roles, he has a long history of involvement with his community. He has also served on the Virginia State University Board of Visitors as the Vice Rector, on the Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, as President of the Melfa Rotary Club, and is currently a member of the Onancock Rotary Club. He was a commissioner on the Accomack/Northampton Planning and Transportation Commissions, served as President of the Eastern Shore United Way and Chairman of the Board of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, and was President of the Cape Charles Accomac Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, to name just a few.
“I’m passionate about people, my community, and service,” said Willie. “The people of Norfolk and Virginia’s Eastern Shore deserve a leader who will represent them in Richmond. I know these communities, and I’m ready to serve.”
Willie earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Virginia State University in 1976 and a M.A. in Management/Public Administration from Webster University in 1978. He also holds a Masters of Business Degree from The America Intercontinental University in Finance and Business Administration and International Business.
Upon graduating from Virginia State University, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army, serving in the Persian Gulf War. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for service in a combat zone and retired as a Major in 1996. He and his wife Shirley, an anesthesiologist and Pain Management Physician, moved to Virginia’s Eastern Shore upon his retirement from the United States Army. They have one son, Xavier, and a grandson Ashton.
Willie started an Edward Jones Financial Services Branch in Exmore, Virginia in 1997. He has grown his business to have over $180,000,000 in assets under management.
Willie’s service on Northampton County’s Board of Supervisors shows that he’s ready to be a fighter for his community in Richmond. He was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2009, and he was elected by his fellow board members to be Chairman twice and Vice-Chairman twice. Willie is committed to fiscal responsibility and creating good paying jobs for Norfolk and the Eastern Shore. He helped develop four balanced budgets for Northampton County and reduced the county’s debt services from $40 million to $30 million. During his tenure, Northampton County’s unemployment rate dropped from 8% in 2009 to 6.9% in 2013.
He worked with local businesses, like Bayshore Concrete, whose workforce had dropped from 300 jobs to 50 jobs. He and his fellow board members reduced the company’s property taxes, which allowed the company to grow its workforce to more than 300 employees. Willie understands the economic challenges facing Norfolk and the Eastern Shore, and he’s committed to diversifying the workforce to provide more good-paying jobs.
On education, Willie led the effort to establish universal pre-K for all four-year old children in Northampton County. He’ll bring that fight to Richmond, where he’ll be an advocate for expanding educational opportunities for all Virginians, from universal pre-k and kindergarten to ensuring students graduate with the skills they need for the 21st Century workforce. Willie understands that schools need to do a better job of providing job training opportunities for students while they are still in school, and he’ll be an advocate for more vocational training opportunities so students can graduate with both a diploma and certification, and a path to a good-paying job.
In contrast to those who wish to pit environmental protection against economic growth, Willie understands that the two can go hand in hand toward creating stronger communities. Jobs in the fishing, crabbing, and tourism industries are important to the local economy. Willie will be an advocate for protecting the environment and keeping the Chesapeake Bay clean.
Through his service on the Board of Trustees for Riverside Shore Memorial, the only major hospital on the Eastern Shore, Willie has seen firsthand the financial pressures on the health care system today. Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital is a rural hospital that provides health care services to the people of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Willie understands that if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, rural hospitals like Riverside Shore Memorial may not be able to stay afloat. Willie will be an advocate for rural hospitals so that people in rural communities can retain their access to high quality health care. He’ll also be an advocate for Medicaid expansion, which would allow an additional 400,000 Virginians to gain health care coverage, and create over 30,000 jobs in the health care industry. “I will work sun up to sun down everyday to ensure that we are protecting and promoting the future of our commonwealth, from introducing and/or supporting legislation to expand Universal Pre-K, expand Medicaid, protect the Chesapeake Bay as well as expand our workforce with economic development opportunities. Ready to Serve, Ready to Lead.”