CONGRATULATION TO OUR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR 2017!
By Stephanie R. Vaughan
Electing the candidates with the best qualifications is our way to ensure that our children have a viable future and that our community continues to thrive. While campaigning for our state and local candidates in Winchester and Frederick County, I have had the opportunity to speak with many citizens concerned about the direction our country is taking on the national, state, and local level. I have also, as Chair, had the privilege to get to know all of our candidates running for office in Virginia, Frederick County, and Winchester. I am impressed with the character, experience, and work ethic that all of our candidates exhibit, and I endorsed all of our candidates. I thank you all for running and I sincerely hope that all of you will run again!
Addie, Lingle, our candidate for Winchester Commissioner of the Revenue, has a strong background in communication and business and is highly qualified to bring the transparency and customer service that the office desperately needs. With an unrelenting smile on her face and endless energy to get out and meet the citizens of Winchester, Addie's work experience will be highly conducive to running an effective office. She plans to collaborate with the city staff by building stronger lines of communication with local businesses and city council while bringing transparency, efficiency, and innovation to the office. Addie advocates promoting the Commissioner of Revenue's office to the role of Ambassador for the City of Winchester, a great strategy that will benefit the City of Winchester.
Greg Lambert, our candidate for Sheriff of Winchester, has impressed me from the first time I met him with his strong work ethic, and as someone who has thought through plans for the future of the Winchester Sheriff's Office that will make it stronger and more effective. As a candidate, his experience is extensive, working with Frederick County, Winchester, and the Washington, DC Capitol Police. He excelled in his work with the "Don't Bust the Bus'' operation designed to ticket offenders for passing school buses and headed Project Lifesaver, a program to save the lives and reduce injury of the elderly, as well as those who suffer from cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer's and autism. He is a member of the North and South End Citizens Groups, which focus on eliminating crime in the City of Winchester. Deputy Lambert's hard work and commitment to keeping citizens safe is greatly appreciated.
Casey Turben, our candidate for the 29th District House of Delegates, was recently endorsed by the Winchester and Frederick County Education Associations, as well as the Skyline PAC. A graduate of James Wood High School and Shenandoah University, Casey is a small business owner who serves the community as a volunteer coach and leading local history projects. Casey entered the race due to his concerns about rising health care costs, decreased economic mobility, and ineffective policy centered on the back of the middle class. He feels the polarization in Richmond is due to a heavily gerrymandered state that prevents the state from moving forward. Casey promotes innovative programs designed to serve the average family’s needs including vocational training and skills for the “new collar” jobs that are flooding into our state. He promotes a strategy to strengthen our public schools while making sure that competitive pay for educators remains a top-tier priority. His commitment is to make sure that the middle class and working families of our community take part in Virginia’s current and future prosperity. Casey wants to hear your story and work with you to make sure your priorities are heard loud and clear in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Tia Walbridge, our candidate for the 33rd District House of Delegates, is a local small business owner, wife, mother of two, and political activist. Tia is running to be an advocate in Richmond. She will stand up for the rural small businesses that are the culture of this Blue Ridge region. Farms like hers, restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and all of the small businesses that honor the tradition of agriculture here and make this a wonderful region to call home. She will also fight for strong public schools, so all of our children have access to an education that best fits their needs and abilities.
Wendy Gooditis, our candidate for the 10th District House of Delegates, is a graduate of Shenandoah University and has immersed herself in the field of education. Like millions of other Americans after the November election, Wendy decided that she had to get off the sidelines. She co-founded an Indivisible chapter in Clarke County and grew the organization to over 300 members. Now, she’s running for the Virginia House of Delegates to take her wide-ranging experiences and two decades in the district to advocate for us in Richmond. Wendy believes that our government should provide all Virginians with the basics – job opportunities, safe roads, clean air, and equal opportunity. Wendy has the experience, perspective, and heart to represent District 10 in the Virginia House of Delegates.
I also endorse our candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. I have had the honor and privilege to meet each of these outstanding individuals, current Lt. Governor Dr. Ralph, Northam, Justin Fairfax, and current Attorney General Mark Herring. They have solidified their strong qualifications through service to our country, impressive academic backgrounds, and leadership in the nation with equality initiatives. Our Virginia leaders with strong moral and ethical leadership are on the cutting edge of change that helps all Virginians. Northam, Fairfax, and Herring will listen and respond to Virginia's needs to move our state forward. A vote for each of them is a vote to keep Virginia strong, growing, and a leading state in the USA.