"I am passionate about preserving and enhancing the quality of life for the residents here.”
On The Issues
"When we create the jobs people need right here at home so they don’t have to move or commute elsewhere, we can start to build our tax base, provide more funding to our schools and really keep more families and communities together.” -Keith Hodges
Protect. Leverage. Create.
Keith Hodges' approach to economic development includes finding solutions amid a complex regulatory environment to PROTECT water quality, LEVERAGE natural resources, and CREATE meaningful, high-paying jobs.
Finding solutions so that "a rising tide can lift all ships."
"When you reframe the way you approach water management, you can come at it from a more holistic economic perspective. You can create jobs. You can protect livelihoods."
Creating opportunities for our future.
Economic development is closely tied to education needs for Keith Hodges. “When we create the jobs people need right here at home so they don’t have to move or commute elsewhere, we can start to build our tax base, provide more funding to our schools and really keep more families and communities together.”
Stemming the tide of addiction.
The Middle Peninsula Opioid Addiction Task Force, spearheaded by Keith Hodges, includes a diverse group of health care professionals, law-enforcement officers, public officials and religious leaders to play a larger role in educating the public about the dangers of opioid addiction and options for treatment and recovery.
Jobs and transportation are connected.
74% of the residents on the Middle Peninsula commute out of the region to work in nearby urban markets, taking tax dollars with them and forcing the small, rural communities to struggle year to year.
Lower Taxes. Less Government.
Foundational values of leadership.
As a small businessman with deep roots on the Middle Peninsula, Keith Hodges values the benefit of less taxes and less government to residents and businesses.
About the 98th District
Officially speaking, Virginia’s 98th District includes Essex, Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex and parts of King & Queen and King William Counties. But there is so much more to this rural coastal Virginia region and the heritage that makes up its people.
The Middle Peninsula of Virginia is the second of three large peninsulas on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay. Nestled between the Northern Neck and the Virginia Peninsula, it’s bounded by the Rappahannock River on the north and the York River on the south, with the Chesapeake Bay to the east. It encompasses six Virginia counties: Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Mathews, and Middlesex.