My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. The homework assignment: to take a critical look at the candidates in the 6th Senate and vote in the special election Tuesday.
For those who want to see/hear for themselves the candidates, each of them sat separately for video interviews with local TV station WAVY. Republican Wayne Coleman’s interview is here while Democrat Lynwood Lewis is here. As I said in my op-ed, I think the difference between the two is stark.
The editorial boards of the various newspapers in the district is another source of information on the candidates.
On the southside of Hampton Roads, The Virginian-Pilot endorsed Lewis, referencing “Coleman’s refusal to discuss his philosophy toward governing and his positions on specific issues,” while saying that Lewis is “a candidate who has the skills and experience necessary to hit the ground running.” The Peninsula’s Daily Press also endorsed Lewis:
The Democrat, who faces Republican Wayne Coleman in the Jan. 7 election, has firm footing on the issues, a solid grounding in the district and a record of compromise. Those qualities make him a strong candidate for higher office and the better option in this race.
The Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal endorsed Lewis as well:
Lewis is a Democrat, but far from an ideologue. In his decade in the House of Delegates, he has reached across the aisle so often it’s as if there is no barrier between the two parties, at least as far as he’s concerned. Working together for the betterment of all Virginians seems to be his only motivation.
Lewis has garnered endorsements from the Virginia Professional Firefighters, the Virginia Education Association, the Hampton Roads Realtors Association, and – I have to say this one really surprises me – the NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business). All of these were announced on Lewis’ Facebook page.
I have searched for Coleman endorsements, including looking at his Facebook page, but have not located any.
Endorsements don’t vote, though. So I hope the voters in the 6th will take the time to learn about the candidates and cast their ballots.
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