Given the fact that the Alexandria Republican City Committee has failed to produce any candidates for the 45th House of Delegates District, voters are left to choose their candidate TOMORROW, June 9, 2015 as the winner of tomorrow’s primary will run unopposed come November.
Thankfully, voters in any party can vote tomorrow as voter registration in the Commonwealth of Virginia is non-partisan. So my advice to ALL voters – get OUT and VOTE TOMORROW.
So who should you vote for to replace Rob Krupicka who retired from his legislature work to focus on his burgeoning donuts business?
Personally, having listened to each of the 45th District candidates at various events of the last couple of months, there’s little policy differences among the five Democratic primary candidates. One of the things a Delegate has to do is debate on the House floor. I’m a little shocked there weren’t more debates than what we had this campaign season.
So, which one stands out above the rest? We’ll take them left to right across the photo above. Here are my thoughts on the five candidates…
Mr. Tong is chairman of the city’s Democratic committee and legislative affairs manager for the Environmental Defense Fund. He is solid on several issues but, at a recent forum, had trouble with some issues that a Delegate needs to be at least aware of (e.g. Virginia ABC agents arrest powers).
Mark Levine (a.k.a. the “aggressive progressive,”) is a great talker (hey, he’s a radio host and is on TV as he tells everyone), has raised the most money but, the vast majority of that has come from Mr. Levine and family members. This leads one to believe that Mr. Levine is in the race for Mark and not for the voters. His answer to everything at the forums I have witnessed is to raise taxes. He does come across as one who knows how the legislative process works and seems to be one of the candidates willing to work in the background to get legislation passed.
Larry is the only parent in the race which is a BIG plus in my book. He seems like a very good father who would be a strong advocate for children’s issues. Larry is also a businessman, knows how business operates, and knows how to attract business, He also wants to reduce testing in schools. He is also up on many of the issues a Delegate should be concerned with. He disagrees with his opponents on the Dominion Power case which is a little troubling.
Having seen Julie in action, she is a whirlwind of energy, someone who’s fought for decades to expand early childhood education and mental health services as well as women’s rights. She has a lot of experience in Richmond working on these issues. She is very engaging when you hear her talk, presented herself very well in the limited debates, and also seems to be one of the candidates willing to work in the background to get legislation passed. She also helped run Rob Krupicka’s campaigns for office. She won our recent poll on this race in votes by our readers. She knows how to run things but, does she know how to get bills passed? She too wants to raise taxes.
Craig seems to be the most prepared person, the most ready person when the Speaker of the House calls the General Assembly to order from day one. He is sharp on a host of issues and a really good debater. But, is he too polished? The Washington Post endorsed him and he has received the most cash contributions from individual donors. He also seems to be one of the candidates willing to work in the background to get legislation passed. His drawbacks are that he wants to raise your taxes significantly and he seems to be the candidate that the establishment Democrats in Richmond want in the seat.
With so many similarities among the five (5) candidates, who should one vote for? Here’s who I am voting for tomorrow…