Toni Radler, a long-time Hanover County resident and community activist, today announced her candidacy for the Virginia House of Delegates from the 55th District, which includes portions of Hanover, Caroline and Spotsylvania counties.
“We need to restore a common sense approach to government because our state government has become as dysfunctional as Congress,” Radler said in a prepared statement. “I used to believe our elected officials would do well by us, that they would put the people first. But over the last several years, this hasn’t been the case. Our politicians have drifted so far afield from representing us that it’s time for people like me to step forward and give voters a sensible choice and a real voice.”
Recently, Radler was heavily involved in opposing the removal of Hanover County’s cash proffers policy, which charged residential developers who rezone land a fee to support growth-related infrastructure.
“I saw this as yet another example of why we have to stop electing ideologues and start electing practical leaders who represent the people who put them in office. It seems that once elected, politicians forget the people they are representing. I won’t forget,” Radler concluded.
Radler is the retired director of communications for the Richmond-based Christian Children’s Fund. In that capacity, she handled media relations for the worldwide organization and she traveled to major worldwide disasters, helping establish emergency spaces for children.
Locally, she is active in several organizations including the Hanover Democratic Committee, the Rural Plains Women’s Club and Hanover Habitat for Humanity. She has also served as the president of the Fairboden Civic Association. Radler previously worked as a reporter for The Richmond News Leader, the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star, the Herald-Progress and WRVA Radio, and served as a volunteer consultant for Hanover Safe Place. She has also worked in marketing and media relations for VCU, Virginia Attorney General Marshall Coleman, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Hohner, Inc.
Radler grew up in Ashland, is a graduate of Patrick Henry High School and Mary Washington College. She and her husband lived in the Studley area near Mechanicsville for 30 years before they moved back to Radler’s hometown of Ashland in 2011. She is a member of the Catholic Church of the Redeemer in Mechanicsville. She and her husband, Jim Hunt, have two grown children who attended Hanover public schools, the Governor’s School, the University of Virginia and went on to do advanced work at Portland State University and Duke.
Radler is vying for the seat previously held by Del. John Cox (R), who announced earlier this year his intention not to seek re-election. Following that announcement, Cox’s legislative aide, Hyland “Buddy” Fowler, announced he would seek the seat as a Republican.