Matt Strickland, Candidate for Virginia State Senate and Gourmeltz owner. Photo courtesy of the Strickland Campaign.

Former ICE Director for President Trump – Thomas Homan – has endorsed Republican candidate Matt Strickland for Virginia’s 27th Senate District.

In a statement shared by the Strickland campaign, Homan praised Strickland’s policy positions and “America First” beliefs, stating that Strickland’s leadership and courage to fight corrupt bureaucracy is “exactly what the statehouse in Richmond needs.”

“I have been a law enforcement officer for nearly 35 years and was nominated by President Trump as the first ICE Director that came up through the ranks. As someone who has worked for, served with, and led law enforcement professionals, I know how vital it is to have a safe and secure country led by true brave patriots. I understand that this country is at a time of crisis and fixing our nation’s problems begins at the local level. After meeting and speaking to Matt Strickland about his numerous policy positions and America First beliefs, I am convinced that he is a candidate who will be a strong fighter for his community, his state, and his nation. Matt’s leadership on the battlefield and his courage to fight corrupt bureaucracy is exactly what the statehouse in Richmond needs. Matt has my full support not only in the form of an endorsement, but as I am in his district, I will be voting for him. Matt is the right guy, at the right time, who has the right solutions,” said Thomas Homan.

Matt Strickland is a fifth-generation Virginian and Army Veteran who spent almost a decade fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. After his service, he became a small business owner, opening his restaurant, Gourmeltz. In 2020, Strickland opposed Governor Northam’s unconstitutional COVID mandates and opened his restaurant without restrictions, ensuring citizens’ constitutional rights were not infringed upon, regardless of the consequences. Despite numerous threats and attempts to shut down Gourmeltz by the state and federal government, he remained open and stood with the people.

Strickland has also gained support from other conservative leaders, such as Congressman Mike Kelly from Pennsylvania, who praised Strickland’s commitment to “putting the interests of the people of Virginia first,” and Governor Youngkin’s former nominee for Virginia Board of Education, Suparna Dutta, who commended Strickland’s “commitment to our country and community.”