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Join us Monday, March 12 to hear the candidates vying to run against Rep. Dave Brat in November. Three candidates are running in the primary on June 12—Helen Alli, Abigail Spanberger and Dan Ward. All three will talk about the issues and make a case to try and win your vote.
Ask yourself—has Dave Brat really represented the interests of the 7th District or the state of Virginia in his four years in Congress? He has supported shutting down the federal government and laying off government employees. The federal government is Virginia’s largest employer with civilian staff, federal contractors and the military in Virginia.
Brat also supports President’ Donald Trump’s offshore drilling program, which would have a dramatic and negative effect on three of Virginia’s largest industries – tourism, fisheries and the military bases on Virginia’s eastern shores. Brat does not support helping localities with broadband in rural areas. The lack of broadband slows the economic development of rural areas, keeping the unemployment rate high and tax collections low, depriving localities of much needed revenue for schools, roads, fire and police, and other services.
Brat does not support making our schools safer by passing background checks and banning assault weapons.
So. let’s send Mr. Brat home and send someone to Washington:
• who won’t try to shut down our largest employer,
• who won’t try to irreparably damage some of our largest Virginia industries,
• who supports safe schools
• who will not support a president who is selling out the country and making a personal fortune off U.S. taxpayers.
The candidates for the job have impressive resumes. Helen Alli is a Henrico resident. She is an Army veteran and runs her own healthcare business. Abigail Spanberger is a Henrico resident. She is a former law enforcement officer and former CIA operative. Dan Ward is an Orange County resident. He is a small farmer, former Marine and commercial pilot.
The candidate forum will be held on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall Post #8947 at 201 Mineral Avenue in Mineral. Come on out and help interview Mr. Brat’s replacement.
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