It is often said that all politics is local, though locals rarely show up to vote for their town councilmen, county supervisors, sheriffs, State Delegates and Senators. Obama can’t raise your property taxes, or your gas tax, or approve new utility fees, or build large condensed housing in the middle of your rural area. Your United States Senator can’t allow your local police force to perform shady deals, like purchasing dozens of cars from dealership friends of the sheriffs campaign. Congressman Dave Brat and Rob Wittman can’t pass on proffers and raise taxes on the good folks of Hanover County on behalf of local developers (or on behalf of themselves).
Your Sheriff is responsible for fighting crime in your neighborhood and protecting your children – so I find it hard to fathom that folks don’t bother getting involved in their elections for sheriff. County and Town Supervisors can raise your taxes. Cigarettes in Ashland have their own special little sticker missing from convenience stores in nearby areas. Folks in Ashland are paying an extra tax. Obama can’t be blamed for that.
Your State Delegate may be the only thing standing between a Medicaid Expansion that will bankrupt our State Budget and Republican Budgets that actually give our State a chance to stay competitive, economically, in the future.
These local elections are phenomenally important and your vote is immensely powerful! A Delegate here and delegate there and Governor McAuliffe gets to ram his liberal agenda down the throats of every Virginian. I can’t think of a single Republican Delegate running in the State of Virginia for whom I wouldn’t vote. While we have a decent majority in the House, the Senate majority is as slim as can be, and we need a strong, robust Republican force operating in the House of Delegates in Richmond.
That said, I suggest you get to know your Sheriff and your Supervisor. If they aren’t accessible, they might not be the Sheriff or Supervisor you want representing you in the first place.
Here in Caroline County, whether you support him or not, Sheriff Tony Lippa is utterly accessible. So is my delegate Wayne Acors. Now, in rural politics, partisanship doesn’t play as big of a role as it does in Richmond or Washington D.C. Many of these folks run as independents and they have nothing but their records and their accessibility to run on. Now, I can’t just come out and endorse Sheriff Lippa or Wayne Acors, because I haven’t lived in Caroline County long enough to truly judge their performance, but I can tell you they are both accessible and involved in the community. And when you, as an average citizen, can have the ear of those people representing you in your county, you have an influence you could never have with your United States Congressman or Senator.
November 3rd is coming fast, but you still have time to reach out to the people running for office. Judges, Clerks, Sheriffs, Supervisors, Delegates and Senators have an enormous impact on your daily lives, whether you notice it or not. Take the next week to get to know the people running for office, ask them for a couple minutes of their time, and ask them questions about what’s important to you. Talk to your friends and neighbors about the issues facing your communities and ask around about how the folks currently representing you have doing on your behalf. You just don’t know who’s going to vote on election day. Don’t let other people decide for you who represents you in your town, county, or in Richmond. Vote. Make your voice heard.
Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker