Principled Conservative, Fighter for the Middle-Class, and Family Man
Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-97th District) today announces his intentions to seek re-election and continue his commitment to faithfully serving the people of Hanover, New Kent, and King William Counties in the 97th House of Delegates District. Peace is the only candidate to file and qualify for the Republican nomination as of the March 30 deadline.
Peace said “I am running for re-election to be a voice for principled conservatism and solve problems for hard working families in our District. Virginians deserve leadership committed to the taxpayer and respecting of individual liberties. Serving the people of the 97th district in the Virginia House of Delegates is a tremendous honor that I take very seriously.” On March 13th, Peace filed all the necessary paperwork to be on the June primary ballot.
Delegate Chris Peace continues to be an effective, thoughtful, and respected legislator serving on the prominent Appropriations, Health Welfare and Institutions, and General Laws Committees. This term Peace worked diligently on advancing policies related to reforming the state healthcare bureaucracy, protecting our aging and vulnerable population from financial exploitation, enhancing the provision of services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, creating greater access to career and technical education for our public school students, and updating criminal justice training standards to provide public safety officers the modern tools needed for community engagement.
Over the years, Peace’s voting record has earned him an A+ Rating from the National Rifle Association, high legislative vote scores from the Virginia Society for Human Life, the American Conservative Union, and the Family Foundation; A ratings from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business; and previously endorsed by Virginia Farm Bureau. Widely recognized for his service, Peace has earned awards from the Virginia State Police Association and Virginia Sheriff's Association. Along with legislator of the year from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Brain Injury Association of Virginia, Association for Career and Technical Education, and the 2016 Act, Honor, Hope Award from the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.
Speaking about the announcement Delegate Chris Peace stated, “As a Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly, I have been faithful to my oath of office and honored my commitments to the best of my ability. But there is much more work to be done to improve our community’s quality of life and sustain a vibrant Virginia economy.”
Peace has received the endorsement for his reelection from a growing number of local officials including: Senator Siobhan Dunnavant; Delegate Buddy Fowler; Hanover Commonwealth’s Attorney, Trip Chalkley; Hanover Clerk of Court, Frank D. Hargrove, Jr.; King William School Board Chair, Kathy Morrison; King William School Board member, Steve Tupponce; New Kent Board of Supervisors Chair, Ray Davis; Hanover Treasurer, Scott Miller; New Kent Board of Supervisors Vice-Chair, Thomas Evelyn; New Kent Commissioner of the Revenue, Laura Ecimovic; New Kent School Board member, Kristin Swynford; Hanover Supervisor, Canova Peterson; King William Clerk of Court, Patricia Norman; Hanover Board of Supervisors Chair, Angela Kelly-Wieck; and New Kent Sheriff Joe McLaughlin.
Peace, a Virginia lawyer focusing on family and estate law, taught legal studies as an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. An avid history buff, Peace previously served as the executive director of Historic Polegreen Church Foundation, a historic preservation non-profit foundation, and established the Road to Revolution State Heritage Trail to honor America’s founding heritage. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College, earned his law degree from the University of Richmond, and is a member of numerous statewide organizations and non-profit boards. Along with their two children, Chris and Ashley make their home in Old Church, and attend a local Episcopal Church. A full biography and other legislative information may be found at www.chrispeace.com.