My earliest political memory is being about seven years old, sitting on the kitchen counter (I was too short to reach the wall phone) and calling through a long list of phone numbers to remind people about Election Day. You might say that I was the predecessor to the modern day rob call.
Voting was a big deal in our family. My parents followed school board and city council issues closely. They attended community forums and worked to get neighbors and friends to the polls. Your vote is equally important today. Many of you share your policy concerns with us as we poll our membership to develop our policy focus for the year ahead. Our priority brief outlines those policies and along with our partners, we specifically sought out the positions of statewide candidates on car title and payday loans; access to quality, affordable healthcare; and policies affecting children and families.
Visit our voter education page online to learn about the candidate’s positions and to find resources that can guide you to the election information that may be helpful to you.
In addition to the candidates running for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General, all 100 seats of the House of Delegates are up for election. According to the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP), about 45% of these seats are either uncontested or less than competitive. About 12% are races that include a third party candidate in addition to a Republican and a Democrat. VPAP is a great resource for information about these races and about the election in general. You can also find information about political donations to candidates, political parties and political action committees.
As members and supporters of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, at the heart of our work is the contact that each of us has with our elected representatives and elections offer a great opportunity to learn about candidates’ positions and meet with your representative-elect soon after the election. If you would like to meet with your representative before the General Assembly convenes in January, please let us know and we will do our best to advise you and help however we can.
There is no question in my mind that this election will have great impact on many of the policies and problems that need serious attention. In many ways, state elections can be more important to our day-to-day lives than casting our vote for president. Call your friends, neighbors, family and anyone you can think to remind about Tuesday’s election and let them know that you plan to vote and hope they will also.
Let’s all be informed, turn out to vote and meet with our representatives.