Otto Wachsmann is a proven fighter and community leader who’s dedicated his career to serving Southside families. As a father, pharmacist, and experienced business owner, Otto will fight for rural Virginia and deliver results that help improve our community for future generations. Otto grew up in Sussex County where he spent his childhood working at his family’s pharmacy in Stony Creek and summers on his grandfather’s farm.
After spending countless hours helping his father at the pharmacy, Otto decided to follow in his footsteps and pursue a degree in pharmacy. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia-VCU School of Pharmacy in 1986 and immediately started working as a staff pharmacist for Peoples Drug in Richmond. It wasn’t long before he left corporate pharmacy and began a career working for a collection of independent pharmacies in Sussex, Petersburg, and Prince George.
In 1989 Otto took a position at the A.H. Robins Company in Richmond as their first Manager of Managed Health Care and later as their Manager of New Product Planning. Although he only spent a year with A.H. Robins, it provided him with an inside view as to how prescription drug prices are created. Although he only spent a year with A.H. Robins, it provided him with an inside view as to how prescription drug prices are created and manipulated.
After returning to community pharmacy for a few years, Otto was named Director of Experiential Education at the newly created Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University. While working at Shenandoah, Otto earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree and served as President of the Virginia Pharmacists Association.
In 2003, Otto returned home to the 75th District and purchased his father’s pharmacy to continue the family tradition of serving the community until 2021. He was a member of the Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Department for 16 years and is a current member of the Joyner Gray Yale Ruritan Club. Otto and his wife Judy raised their two daughters in Sussex County and are now grandparents to a wonderful grandson.
Over the years, Otto has helped thousands of Southside families and has seen firsthand how the loss of jobs and opportunity in the region has negatively impacted the local community. As our Delegate, Otto will work to bring more resources into our community so that Southside is the best place to work, live, and raise a family.