William E. Quarles

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William E. Quarles
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Candidate for
Virginia House of Delegates, District 65
PartyDemocratic
Education
Bachelor'sVirginia Union University
Personal
Place of birthGoochland, VA
Websites
Campaign website
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William E. Quarles was a 2013 Democratic candidate for District 65 of the Virginia House of Delegates.[1]

Biography

Quarles earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology from Virginia Union University. He worked for thirty years as a Supervisor and Instructor of Nuclear Chemistry at the North Anna Nuclear Power Station after working as a teacher for a short time. He served on the Goochland County Board of Supervisors for eight years, and served as chair for three of those years. He also graduated from the University of Virginia Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. He owns his own small management consulting firm.[2][3][4]

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

Quarles’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[5]

  • Education, Jobs and the Economy

Excerpt: "An educated workforce makes for a robust economy. It keeps us competitive in a fast-moving, globalized world and it helps us attract and retain new businesses. We need to make sure Virginians are getting the education they need for the jobs that they want."

  • Women’s Rights

Excerpt: "No legislator should have the right or the ability to restrict a woman’s constitutional right to choose her own healthcare. Women’s rights are human rights, and it’s high time we brought the House of Delegates into the twenty-first century."

  • Healthcare and Medicaid Expansion

Excerpt: "The Affordable Care Act is now the established law of the land and we must act now to expand Medicaid in order to cover an estimated 400,000 uninsured citizens. Here in the 65th, there are over 12,000 individuals without health insurance. This is unconscionable. By expanding Medicaid, we will save both lives and money. We cannot afford to gamble away the health and welfare of our citizens on political gamesmanship and rigid ideology."

  • Civil Rights

Excerpt: "If we are not doing everything in our power to ensure that the people of the Commonwealth enjoy the same privileges, then we aren’t doing our job. This includes pursuing four specific legislative goals: Fighting for marriage equality for our LGBT population, making voting easier, not harder, for our citizens, protecting the elderly from fraud, abuse and discrimination, and restoring voting rights to felons who have successfully served their sentences."

  • Sunday Hunting

Excerpt: "Unlike my opponent, I support passing legislation to legalize Sunday hunting on private property. As both a Virginian and a supporter of the Second Amendment, I firmly believe that a citizen’s right to hunt should not be arbitrarily regulated."

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Quarles ran in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 65. Quarles ran unopposed in the June 11th Democratic Primary. He was defeated by incumbent Lee Ware (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[6]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 65 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLee Ware Incumbent 67.6% 19,839
     Democratic William E. Quarles 32.1% 9,431
     Other Write-in 0.3% 76
Total Votes 29,346

Personal

Quarles and his wife, Ruth, have children and grandchildren. Quarles lives in Goochland, VA. He has served on the Broad of the Goochland Recreation Center Committee and as the Vice President of the Goochland Education Foundation. He was a member of the Goochland Planning Commission and served on the State Emergency Medical Advisory Board after being appointed by then-Governor Tim Kaine (D).[7][3][2]

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