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HILLSVILLE Va. (NEWS RELEASE) - Today, Delegates Annie B. Crockett-Stark (Sixth District) and Israel O'Quinn (Fifth District), along with Republican Nominee for Delegate in the Sixth District, Jeff Campbell, released the following statement after their visit to the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Hillsville, Virginia.

"I have been working on this issue since the closure was announced," Delegate O'Quinn stated. "The Training Center is crucial for Southwest Virginia and I look forward to adding Jeff Campbell as a working partner on this important effort," he continued. "I understand the angst on the part of the families, residents and employees and we will pursue every possible avenue to keep the Training Center open."

"Southwest Virginia Training Center is such a beautiful facility with dedicated caretakers," Crockett-Stark stated. "The community is home for many of the people who live there. It needs to stay open permanently."

"I was honored to join Delegates Annie B. Crockett-Stark and Israel O'Quinn in a meeting and tour with Southwestern Virginia Training Center Director Dennis Shrewsberry," Campbell said. "These delegates have advocated in the House of Delegates to protect this training center and preserve nearly 500 jobs in Southwest Virginia," Campbell continued. "It is important to our region, economic development and the facility's employees, residents and their families to keep this training center open. As your next delegate, I pledge to join my colleagues in the effort of making this possibility a reality come January."

The Southwestern Virginia Training Center provides care for people with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. As part of an agreement reached between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the U.S. Department of Justice, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Hillsville is set to close by June 30, 2018.

Delegate Israel O'Quinn represents the Fifth District which includes the cities of Bristol and Galax, Grayson County, and portions of Washington and Smyth Counties. Delegate Annie B. Crockett-Stark currently represents the Sixth District, which includes Carroll and Wythe Counties as well as parts of Smyth County and is retiring after the end of this term.

Jeff Campbell is the former Mayor of Saltville and the Republican Nominee for Delegate in District 6. Campbell currently operates a law practice in Marion, Virginia. He lives in Saltville with his wife Carie and their four children.

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