A Letter from April Moore

Dear Friend,

I am running for the Virginia Senate (SD-26) this coming November.

As you may remember, I ran for this seat back in 2015.  I challenged the Republican incumbent Mark Obenshain because I could see that it was not the people of this district he was serving.

That is still true:  So I will challenge him again on issues like corruption in Virginia’s government, where he is an instrument of the Koch Brothers; and on climate change, in which he is in the pocket of Dominion Energy; and on health care, where, until the bitter end, he put the ambitions of his party above the well-being of the citizens of Virginia.

But this year I will challenge Mr. Obenshain in a whole new way because of the unthinkable and dangerous thing his Republican Party has become–the Party of Trump.  I will challenge him to tell us which side he’s on, in this battle for our American democracy and our national security.

In a conservative district like ours, any candidate who wants to win must earn the support of a good many Republicans. I know there are Republicans in our area who are unhappy with what their party has become–people who are like my life-long Republican parents, who could never have supported a Republican party like this one, one that tramples on the conservative values they held dear.

It is such principled Republicans that I will work to pry away from Sen. Obenshain by challenging him to declare where he stands on all the ugly things the Trump Party is doing.

This is the heart of my strategy to win this seat.

And, in addition, I will use my platform, as the major party nominee I hope to be, to speak the urgently important truth that all of my Trump-supporting neighbors need to hear.

So please join me as I officially launch my campaign for state senate with a press conference.  Show the press and the public that you support my campaign’s efforts to:

  • protect our climate;

  • build a state government that puts people before Big Money;

  • make all our public schools truly excellent;

  • solve the opioid crisis.

When and Where?

When:   Tuesday, January 29

               11:00 am

Where: Rockingham County Government Building

               Board Room

               20 E. Gay Street

               Harrisonburg, Virginia

Hope to see you there!

-April

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I’m Running and It Starts Now – Tristan Shields for Delegate

Photo Caption: Tristan Shields performing at a Tim Kaine Rally, Nov 4

 

I’m running for Virginia Delegate in District 18 in 2019.

Here’s why: we can WIN.

Sunday evening I played rock n’ roll to a Democratic crowd of hundreds who knocked thousands of doors throughout Virginia’s 18th this campaign season. I felt the passion, energy and determination to make the blue wave a mid-term reality.

When I asked “Are you ready to keep it going in 2019?” the roar of the crowd was overwhelming. More energy and money has been spent in District 18 to get out the Democratic vote in the last two years than ever before. We must keep the momentum going.

The incredible transition from being afraid to talk to my neighbors about politics in 2016 to now seeing Democrat signs sprouting up all over the back roads of rural District 18 is just stunning.  WE CAN WIN in DISTRICT 18 if we keep this going.

I am asking once again for your support so together we can win the 18th and flip the House of Delegates blue. I’m not accepting money from corporate PACs.  I want and need grassroots support. No amount is too big or too small. Please join my campaign today.

I want to talk with every person who wants to speak with me and their friends and their friends’ friends. That means meet and greets, rallies, coffee meetups, karaoke parties, ice cream socials, high tea, low tea, middle tea (I’m not fluent in tea), whatever you think will help get out the vote, I’ll be there. So call/text at 540-216-2095 or email and let’s get started. — Tristan

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SENATOR TIM KAINE COMES FOR LUNCH!

A dispatch from Jed Duvall–

It was a beautiful day for a drive around the Blue Ridge neighborhood and Tim Kaine did so this past Tuesday, starting with breakfast in Culpeper.

Maybe a hundred people eating and listening. But the Senator limited himself to a few sips of coffee. That’s because soon it was time to leave for the Headmaster’s Pub in Sperryville, where Democrats – perhaps ninety in number – had assembled in the game room to hear him speak.

Kaine of course talked up the campaign of Leslie Cockburn — who was campaigning too, but in Danville and Farmville — and pointed out that he, the Senator, is proud to join each and every one of the seven candidates for the Congress in campaigning, and in have their names on signs. He pointed out that Republicans do not, for the most part, have both names on campaign signs, and often keep distance from one another.

The Senator touched on many national issues, naturally, but won a large burst of applause when he said the words “immigration reform.” To Kaine, the issue is not building a wall but what to do about the millions of people who came to the U.S. on visas and have simply “overstayed.” He also estimated that the issue does not mean much to President Trump, who treats it as what he called “in case of fire, break glass” – in other words, an issue useful to fall back on.

This was a campaign talk, and the Senator emphasized the final two words of the Pledge of Allegiance, “for all.” The Democrats, he claimed, are the party “For All.” As he put it, “we Democrats do the heavy lifting” even on issues, such as health care, “which benefits everyone, even those who don’t support us, and still they won’t say ‘thank you’.”

The crowd heard about the hopes for a blue wave on November 6th, but Kaine said, “we also need a blue wave of compassion and a blue wave of decency” in America.

On the many difficult issues that will face the new Congress next year, the Senator was positive. He sees the President as concerned not with principle, nor with party but only with one “p” word: popularity. His own popularity with little or no care for anything else, the Senator feels.

After an hour and three quarters of speech and audience questions, it was still a lovely day for a drive, and the Senator’s car was waiting. On to Page county, then Shenandoah and – still more stops – two events in Fairfax tonight.

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You’re needed to help get out the vote!

We need YOU to Flip the 5th! Come canvass with us each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. from now until November. Bring a friend and a reliable GPS. It’s fun, and it’s absolutely essential to getting out the vote!
And it’s easy! Come to the Rapp Dems Office (1047 Zachary Taylor Hwy Huntly VA) a little before 1 p.m. to pick up a packet and some guidelines, and GO!
Contact Bob Burney at burneyrg@me.com or (202) 342-0134 with questions.
For details about other ways for Rappahannock Dems to get out the vote go to our VOLUNTEER! page. Thank you so much for all your help!
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Upcoming Candidates Forums

Upcoming Cockburn/Riggleman Debates:

9/5 The Theater at Little Washington, 291 Gay St, Washington VA, with the Rappahannock News at  7- 9 pm

9/20 Madison County High School, 68 Mountaineer Lane, Madison VA at 7- 8:30 pm

10/8 Piedmont VA Community College, Earl Dickinson Theater, 444 College Dr, Charlottesville VA, with CBS 19 at  7:00 pm

10/22 Lynchburg, time and location to be announced.

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