Landes recognized with Lifetime Service Award

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — Delegate Steve Landes has been recognized for his many years of service in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce presented him with a Lifetime Service Award during its 2019 Annual Dinner in Richmond.

He also received the Career Focused K-12 Education Award and the Fiscal Stewardship Award.

According to a release, these awards were issued in recognition of Landes' support for the principles and initiatives outlined in the chamber's long-term economic development plan, called Blueprint Virginia 2025.

"The Virginia Chamber of Commerce congratulates Delegate Steve Landes on his retirement from the House of Delegates after 24 years of service to the constituents of the Shenandoah Valley. During his tenure, Steve worked tirelessly to kick start economic development throughout the Commonwealth and spearheaded commonsense policy reforms that improved Virginia's workforce and education system, as evidenced by his leadership on the House Education Committee," said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. "An advocate of the business community, Steve earned the Chamber's Legislator of the Year Award in 2016 for his pro-business voting record and commitment to free enterprise. I am grateful for his years of public service and wish him well in his future plans."

The Augusta County native was originally elected to the House of Delegates in 1995.

In the decades since Landes was elected, he has also sat on the Board of Trustees for the Fronteir Culture Museum, helped lead the Augusta Historical Society, led the Weyers Cave Ruritan Club, and participated in numerous community organizations.

Republican Chris Runion and Democrat Jennifer Kitchen are competing to replace him in the November election for the 25th District, which includes parts of Albemarle, Augusta, and Rockingham counties.

Landes will instead be running for Clerk of Circuit Court for Augusta County.

"After much thought, prayer, and in speaking with family and friends from across Augusta County, I know the time is right for me to use my experience in the General Assembly and put that experience to work for all the citizens of Augusta County as their Clerk of Circuit Court," said Landes in March.

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