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Elections have consequences, and the election on Nov. 5 is of historic significance for residents of Culpeper County.
We have the opportunity to create a seismic shift in the power structure in Richmond. We hold in our hands the ability to flip control of the House of Delegates and the state Senate.
To do this, voters of conscience must turn up at the polls. With the 2020 census and redistricting on the horizon, this is crucial.
A democratic legislature will allow a constitutional amendment to be placed on the 2020 ballot allowing for reform of Virginia’s redistricting process. This reform will depoliticize redistricting so your future votes will have more impact. Politicians will no longer select their voters; voters will select their representatives!
Culpeper County has been represented in the General Assembly by five Republican members for years now. Most of them have opposed legislation that would improve access to health care for the poor, voting against Medicaid expansion.
In spite of them, this legislation has provided 400,000 Virginians with an affordable health insurance option that they did not have before. You better believe that, given the opportunity, these same legislators will try to overturn that reform and continue to block others.
Culpeper’s legislators have refused to allow common-sense legislation that would make our streets, schools, and places of worship safer. The majority of Virginians think that all gun buyers should be subject to background checks. The majority of Virginians think that there should be a method to remove firearms from individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others, by a system that allows for due process for the gun owner. Our current representatives won’t allow any legislation like this to be debated or voted on.
Amy Laufer, Annette Hyde, Ronnie Ross, Ann Ridgeway, and Laura Galante. Take note of these five Democrats’ names. You will have the opportunity to vote for two of the five, depending on your address, on Nov. 5. These Democrats—who are mothers, teachers, public safety and national security officials—are all committed to improving access to affordable health care.
These Democrats are committed to passing common-sense gun-safety and suicide-prevention legislation. These Democrats are committed to fighting for more money for our rural school districts.These Democrats are committed to getting the broadband infrastructure that we need to grow our rural economy.
These Democrats are committed to increasing the funding for mental health and drug treatment. They believe we need to stop viewing the opioid crisis in our community as simply a law-enforcement matter, and begin to approach it as a public health emergency.
These Democrats are committed to equal rights for all and for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. These Democrats are committed to a Virginia constitutional amendment that will provide for nonpartisan redistricting.
The voter should very carefully consider the individuals who are on the ballot for local offices this Nov. 5.
Do you want a sheriff who fosters fear and distrust of Muslims and immigrants or one who believes in the importance of community policing? You have a choice. Do you want Board of Supervisors, School Board and Town Council members who are true independents, and have demonstrated their commitment to our community with years of volunteerism and community service?
You have a choice. To help, on Election Day, Democrats will offer sample ballots at most polls.
Elections have consequences, especially the election on this Nov. 5. We have the opportunity to move the needle toward new jobs, accessible broadband, and better schools. But to accomplish this, voters of hope and progress must turn up at the polls. Let’s do this!
Editor’s Note: This letter originally appeared in the Culpeper Star Exponent, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission.
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