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As you head to the polls on November 5th, there are a few facts voters should consider.
For years, Republicans have represented Louisa County in the General Assembly, and for years; our schools have been under funded, common-sense gun-safety and suicide-prevention legislation, and the opioid epidemic and unaffordable health insurance crisis were ignored.
It was only after the 2017 Democratic Blue Wave, which saw the Republicans go from a near super majority (66-34) in the House of Delegates down to a razor thin 51-49 margin that the Republican controlled General Assembly finally passed health care providing 400,000 Virginians with affordable health insurance they did could not get before.
Now that they are about to loose control of both the House and Senate in the General Assembly, count on these politicians to do everything they can to cling to power, including lying about their records, as Bryce Reeves has done with two short term Health Care bills, SB1240 and SB1674
Or that if re-elected, they will continue to do everything possible to block any reform while blatantly misrepresenting their actions.
Meanwhile, Democrats like Amy Laufer and Juanita Jo Matkins are committed to fighting for more money for our rural school districts, getting the broadband infrastructure that rural economies need, increasing funding for mental health and drug treatment.
These Democratic ladies won’t be for something one year and against it the next, unlike their hypocritical counterparts, they will maintain their commitment to passing the Equal Rights Amendment, and will push for improved mental health services, and dealing with the opioid crisis in our communities.
And like our local Sheriff and Commonwealth attorney, our Republican representatives view these issues as additional opportunities to be punitive … I mean “get tough on crime,” while doing nothing to address the underlying issues.
If you want to see real meaningful change in the Virginia’s General Assembly, please cast your vote for these Democratic ladies; Juanita Jo Matkins as your 56th District Delegate and Amy Laufer as your 17th District Senator.
Editor’s Note: this letter originally appeared in the October 24th edition of the Central Virginian, and has been reposted with the author’s permission.
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