Given that the House of Delegates has a substantial majority that is likely to grow to between sixty-four and sixty-six seats after this election, voters have to understand the difference between electing someone who will be relegated to a powerless minority and electing someone who will be in a position to make things happen for their district. The reality of the House of Delegates is that if you’re not in the majority you just don’t get things done, and this is not a year when the majority is going to change. Democrats are going to be even more powerless than before, so electing one in your district is an utter waste.
The newly relocated 2nd District is a fight between the current Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors and an activist from the ACORN-affiliated Tenants and Workers United. Mark Dudenheffer is so superior as a choice to his far-left opponent there’s really no contest here. Dudenheffer understands how government works and what it does since he’s got significant experience within it, while Esteban Garces is so steeped in leftist revolutionary dogma it would take him two years just to understand we have a Constitution that doesn’t enshrine “from all according to their means, to all according to their need” within it. This one is a no-brainer.
The 13th District once again features a lefty liberal being put up to challenge the conservative leader Bob Marshall, and once again Marshall is in perfect shape to dispense with the next designated loser. While Marshall has authored some of the ground-breaking legislation of the last few decades such as the Healthcare Freedom Act which is the basis for Virginia’s lawsuit opposing Obamacare, his opponent is an unknown Obama acolyte who offers nothing but a gay-friendly, tax-hiking agenda that is an anathema to the district. Marshall doesn’t just drive Democrats nuts though, he also pokes his finger in Republican eyes when they depart from conservative principles such as when they tried to create unelectable tax authorities to try to squeeze more money out of residents for transportation improvements — in a year when a tax hike generated a huge budget surplus that showed we didn’t need the tax hike in the first place.
In the 31st District Scott Lingamfelter takes on a virtual unknown whose latest gaffe — in a series of such — has used the Seal of Virginia in their campaign mailers in violation of Virginia law. Scott has been a strong conservative who has worked rather effectively to reduce illegal immigration, protect the Second Amendment, and ensure government is as small as possible. Unless you’re a lefty Obama acolyte who’s enjoying the escapades in New York’s Zucotti Park, you’re going to want to cast your vote for Scott.
In the 40th District, which now includes a portion of Prince William County, you have the House Majority Caucus Leader Tim Hugo nearly uncontested, running against an independent who has been the butt of bipartisan jokes this election cycle. If you want someone representing you who is dedicated to constituent service and standing up for conservative values, Tim Hugo is absolutely outstanding. This is a gift for the county, and having someone like Tim fighting for it will make a great difference in Richmond.
In the 52nd District Cleveland Anderson is trying to unseat the ineffective Luke Torian, who hasn’t anything to speak of as accomplishments for his first two years in the House of Delegates. I’ve watched Torian on the House floor, and if he appears to be awake he certainly doesn’t seem to be engaged at all. Anderson understands the district and it’s needs much better and would be in a position within the majority to start delivering things for the district rather than the zero they’re currently getting from Torian. Match a Delegate Cleveland Anderson up with a firebrand make-it-happen type like Chris Royse as Woodbridge supervisor and all sorts of things can start happening to deliver this district from the incompetence and inattention it currently suffers from.
In the 87th District, which comprises a part of Prince William County in the Gainesville/Haymarket area you have a business-focused, jobs and economy candidate who really is in a good position to help the I-66 corridor develop into a regional employment center. David Ramadan is a long-time Republican activist with an entrepreneurial background and is remarkably accessible, which will be important for the larger district which is rapidly changing with the growth in South Riding and surrounding areas. As our economy recovers from what Obama has done to it, David is going to be in a great position to make sure we chart the right course in Loudoun and Prince William Counties.
In the 50th and 51st Districts Republicans Jackson Miller and Rich Anderson are unopposed. Both are outstanding and will continue to serve their districts well as part of a strengthened majority.
If you cast your ballot for a Democrat in the House of Delegates this year, be prepared to deal with utterly ineffective representation for the next two years should they win. Not only are the Republican candidates in Prince William County far better qualified, but they’re going to be the ones who get things done.
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