Buena Vista is a wonderful and welcoming community on Labor Day for people of all political stripes. The annual parade and forum at Glen Maury Park provide a wonderful opportunity to engage with our elected officials and those who seek our support.
Having heard the Republican candidate for the 6th Congressional District, Delegate Ben Cline, speak, I feel that he is offering one prescription dressed in irony. You see, at the forum, Delegate Cline promised to “fix” Washington – take that for whatever it means – but to operate in the same manner, with the same values, as our outgoing Congressman Bob Goodlatte. Mr. Goodlatte and his party have held Congress for nearly all but 4 years since 1994 and they have held all of the levers of power in Washington since January 2017. It seems to me that according to Delegate Cline, the prescription for healing the patient who continues to ail is the same prescription that has been failing.
We have a choice, come November, to choose better. We have a choice to elect someone who comes at Washington with a fresh voice, not shrouded by years of being lobbied in Richmond. We have a choice, a better option, in Jennifer Lewis. We have the opportunity to elect a candidate with actual mental health worker experience who can provide the expertise in guiding policy for addressing those who need help, including that sticky problem within the debate over guns. We have a candidate who is working daily to talk to people who don’t vote, who aren’t necessarily Democrats, Republicans, or independents, but simply people.
Jennifer Lewis is the best option for Roanoke, the Shenandoah Valley, and the whole of the 6th Congressional District and I wholeheartedly support her.
(This was also submitted as a letter to the Editor of the Roanoke Times.)
Update, September 19, 2018: