Without hesitation, I will be voting for Abigail Spanberger for Congress. She has more energy and drive than virtually any candidate for political office I have known over the years. A natural leader, she appreciates making decisions based on documented facts - not “alternative facts” - and has made a concerted effort to meet face-to-face with hundreds of 7th District residents to understand their needs. Most of all, her common-sense positions on Social Security, Medicare, healthcare, the economy, education, the workforce, broadband, and public safety are of central importance to the residents of the 7th Congressional District.
Abigail is willing to work across the aisle with members of both parties in Congress to seek the best outcomes for our community and our nation. Today we are raised to think that when opinions differ, one person has to win and the other has to lose. We are not accustomed to working out win-win solutions because it is much harder to do and requires more effort. The win-win outcomes, however, should be worth it to all that are involved. We can come up with better solutions. As Abigail believes, whether in parenting, employment settings, business transactions or political situations, we must ask probing questions to get down to the root cause of our differences. Then we must talk to each other. This exemplifies “reaching across the aisle”. We, the people of the 7th District, are tired of our elected representatives digging in their heels and saying “no” to opposite party members. This is unacceptable behavior and one that needs to be changed.
Abigail is the one to make that change. She understands that with great power comes great responsibility to the people of the 7th Congressional District. She has served her country and community and has put her life in danger for citizens of the United States. She grew up in Henrico County and understands local issues important to us. And above all, she is not taking money from corporate PACs.
Voting is how we raise our voices and let our current elected officials know that not working across the aisle has failed to produce any meaningful results for regular people and that we have had enough. Join me in voting for Abigail Spanberger for Congress. She will work for ALL of us.
William E. Quarles, Jr.
Editor’s Note: this letter was submitted to the Goochland Gazette, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission.
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