Michael Drewry is a farmer and lawyer. His family has farmed in Virginia for 400 years. He earned a business degree and a law degree from the College of William and Mary. He currently runs his family’s farm while running a law practice. His farm is a large gathering place where he and his wife, Amy, host festivals and picnics. He is currently the vice-chair of the Surry County Board of Supervisors where he was first elected in 2015.
Drewry wants to give rural Virginians a voice in the legislature and has worked hard to serve the interests of his rural community. While serving on the Board of Supervisors, Drewry fought to bring broadband access to every household in Surry County, which is on track to be one of the first counties in Virginia to achieve universal broadband access. He also helped secure federal funding to upgrade the county’s water system and assisted in the construction of a new community center for the county.
Drewry and his wife run a small business selling produce and meat from their farm and understand the needs of family farmers in the district. He wants to reinvigorate the local agricultural industry in the district by making it more competitive and host year-round farmers' markets. He supports innovative measures to increase access to local, healthy food like mobile food markets that deliver food to high-need areas. Additionally, he wants to make it easier for farmers and small businesses to apply for low-interest loans to grow their businesses.
As an attorney, Drewry offers pro bono legal services to local residents and specializes in land use, conservation, and government matters. He wants to reform Virginia’s code so that it is more accessible to everyday people. He refused to accept campaign contributions from polluting utility monopolies like Dominion Energy. He also wants to boost local farmers’ capacity to protect the environment by making it easier for them to apply for loans and grants to transition to renewable energy resources.
Drewry supports making the promise of democracy real for us all by expanding access to voting. He advocates for assistance for working families such as the Child Tax Credit included in the American Rescue Plan. Drewry believes in equity and inclusion for all Virginians. He wants to keep constituents in his district engaged in what is happening at the state capitol by establishing committees composed of residents on agriculture and small business.
Drewry is challenging incumbent Delegate Emily Brewer (R), who has represented the district since 2018. Brewer opposes abortion access and voted against expanding Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians in 2018. Brewer is against keeping communities safe with common-sense measures aimed at preventing gun violence. She also voted against raising the minimum wage, abolishing the death penalty, and legalizing marijuana.
Due to his support of broadband access, small farmers, the environment, expanding access to voting, and working families, Drewry is the most progressive choice in this race.Last updated: 2021-09-15Michael Drewry is a farmer and lawyer. His family has farmed in Virginia for 400 years. He earned a business degree and a law degree from the College of William and Mary. He currently runs his family’s farm while running a law practice.Michael Drewry is a farmer and lawyer. His family has farmed in Virginia for 400 years. He earned a business degree and a law degree from the College of William and Mary. He currently runs his family’s farm while running a law practice.
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