Yesterday, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) endorsed Virginia Senator Tom Garrett for Congress. The NFIB represents 1,497 members in the 5th District with many times more employees.

This endorsement comes just weeks after a report showing stagnant growth and high cost of living in Albemarle County during Jane Dittmar’s tenure as Chairman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

NFIB Virginia State Director Nicole Riley said, “As a state senator, Tom Garrett has a proven record of standing up for small employers in Virginia. He has fought efforts to increase government spending and taxes in Richmond, and would bring this expertise to Washington. We are confident he’ll continue to be a big voice for small business in the U.S. House.”

Upon news of this endorsement, Senator Garrett issued the following statement:

“Small businesses are the number one job creator in the country, critical to the economy of the 5th district, and as such, their success stimulates economic prosperity for all. As a small business owner myself, I understand firsthand the challenges they face which is why I have dedicated my tenure in the Virginia Senate to defending them. I am humbled to receive the endorsement of NFIB, an organization that works tirelessly to enhance opportunity across the nation.”

NFIB’s full endorsement can be seen here.