In this election, we the people (you and me) have the opportunity to elect one of our senators and our member of Congress for the 7th Congressional District. The choices for the Senate are Tim Kaine or Corey Stewart and for the House of Representatives, Abigail Spanberger or David Brat.
Actually, there is only one choice you have to make. Do you support moving forward to solve the many serious issues facing our country and our community such as access to affordable healthcare, including prescription drugs and protection of coverage of pre-existing conditions, updating our rural infrastructure like broadband and for policies that would attract new economic development and good paying jobs for Central Virginia?
Or do you surrender your vote to those who have no vision or ideas and who are wedded to the vestiges of the past and use wedge issues to divide us?
Stewart and Brat are ideologically attached at the hip and are goose-stepping in circles to keep their base riled up, distracted, and misinformed. They have no fresh ideas and aren’t really interested in solutions—only rabble-rousing.
Stewart and Brat have repeatedly supported the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and blocking expansion of Medicaid in Virginia. The Republican plan was supposed to be a repeal and replace strategy, but in practice it was repeal and bury. Brat has no plan! A vote to repeal was a vote to kill any protection of existing conditions which is exactly what Dave Brat did and what Stewart supports! Dave can run but he can’t hide from his voting record!
On the other hand, Kaine and Spanberger each bring their own unique knowledge, government experience and leadership skills to find practical solutions to our problems and are capable of working across the aisle.
For me, the politics of hate has no room in Central Virginia. The time has come to leave our troubled past behind. So, I am voting for moving forward with Tim Kaine and Abigail Spanberger and I encourage you to join me!
Editor's Note: this originally appeared in the Central Virginian, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission
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