Who am I?
T. Montgomery "Monty" Mason has a long history of civic and business involvement in our community. He currently serves as a Senior Director at Visa, Inc., where he focuses on fraud prevention and reducing risk for banks and consumers. His nearly 25 years of experience in business includes working in the real estate transactions and title insurance industry as well as the financial sector.
Mason is a Virginia native who graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1989 with a degree in government. He is involved in a wide variety of organizations and currently serves as chairman of the Williamsburg Economic Development Authority, on the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance Board, the Historic Triangle Collaborative Economic Diversity Task Force, and the development committee of Child Development Resources. An active alumnus of the College, he serves on the Challenge 1 Strategic Planning Committee, served three years as chairman of the Athletic Educational Foundation, and received the Young Alumni Service Award in 2002.
Monty Mason lives in the Walnut Hills neighborhood of Williamsburg with his wife, Pamela, an Assistant Athletics Director at the College of William and Mary. They have two daughters Taylor Anne (5) and Hawley (3).
Why am I running?
I am running for the House of Delegates because we need to change the way the legislature does business in Richmond. I grew up in Virginia, was educated at the College of William and Mary, and am proud to be a part of the legacy of our state. Pam and I are thrilled to raise our daughters on the Virginia Peninsula and be a part of the next generation of leaders. However, when I look at where our legislature has spent their time and energy, I am concerned about their priorities and focus for future generations.
Over the last two years we have seen the legislature reduce the rights of women, take further money from education that has been decreasing for years, and engage in extremist politics rather than working for the solutions our state needs. We must focus on an agenda that targets job creation and encourages businesses to locate in Virginia. Locally we must concentrate on diversifying our economy, increasing access to healthcare, and supporting our impressive K -12 schools and national renown colleges and universities. When the legislature takes hundreds of
millions of dollars from K-12 education rather than focusing on pre-K preparation and workforce development they discourage families from investing their futures in our community.
1. Create jobs and businesses that help more Virginians achieve a middle-class standard of living.
2. Protect and restore the rights of women in Virginia.
My DFA Values
The current Virginia legislature has focused on taking away the freedoms of certain groups, such as women and their right to make their own reproductive choices. I will fight to restore these freedoms, not only in my campaign but within the community where I live. The shared values of all Virginians must be reflected in the legislature that exists to serve us.
My Campaign is People Powered!
Local races are only successful when they involve dozens of volunteers and hundreds of small contributors. We are putting together the infrastructure to create a top-notch precinct program that is integrated with other candidates up the ticket and the Virginia Coordinated Campaign. The William and Mary Young Democrats, who knocked on more doors than any YD group in Virginia last year, have already committed to work with my campaign. We are developing grass roots support through the local Democratic Committees as well.