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Politics today is all about the fight and not the issues. I don’t think that politics is the place for fighting but for solving problems. In our democracy, we elect candidates to represent our interests, not be our favorite on WWF fight night.
We are facing serious problems that need to be resolved for our continued well-being. Some of us lean conservative and some are progressive. Our solutions should be a mix of those perspectives. We need candidates who may have different views but are willing to compromise to get things done.
I know and love the Louisa community. I’ve lived here for over 30 years. There are things we can all agree on, regardless of our politics. I want to recommend two state candidates who can help solve issues that concern us here in Louisa.
Education—Both candidates are experienced educators who have worked as teachers. One is a university professor and the other has served on a local school board. Both believe that good schools and education are drivers of stable, prosperous communities. They support quality K-12 schools, expansion of trade schools, expanding community colleges, and keeping our state universities strong. They are strong advocates of making education accessible and affordable for Virginia students.
Affordable health care —Whether it’s the cost of prescription drugs, pre-existing conditions or affordable premiums and reasonable subsidies, both candidates believe we can find solutions to make accessible, affordable health care a reality for Virginia families.
Rural Broadband—Reliable internet access is a strong driver of economic growth for large or small businesses, home businesses or people working from home, which many Louisans do now. Many residents use telemedicine instead of visiting specialists in the city, like my husband, who regularly uploads heart data to his cardiologist. Technology resources are part of our school curricula. Louisa County High School students have laptops to take home, but many students are without internet access. Most jobs now require technological and internet skills. Students must have these skills to get and keep a job. Both candidates are strong supporters of expanding rural broadband and have spoken publicly about finding solutions at the state level, working across party lines to make that happen.
Rural Life—Both candidates grew up on farms, one on a dairy and the other helped raise and train horses. They both know rural life and the importance of farming to our Central Virginia community. They also realize the Internet is a part of modern farming. These candidates grew up around guns and hunting and they support the Second Amendment. Like many gun owners, they realize that commonsense laws can help keep the most dangerous weapons away from those who want to kill themselves and others. Background checks are a reasonable requirement to help prevent mass shootings before they happen. As your Louisa County neighbor, I ask you to vote Nov. 5th for Juanita Jo Matkins for the 56th district House of Delegates seat and Amy Laufer for the 17th district State Senate seat. You may not agree with them on everything but they will work hard on those issues to keep our county and state prosperous and strong.
Editor’s Note: this letter originally appeared in the October 24th edition of the Central Virginian, and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission
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