Letter: Be a well-informed voter June 11

On June 11, the voters of Rappahannock County, along with the rest of the commonwealth, will have an opportunity to go to the polls and vote in the Democratic primary that will select candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general (see box).

Democratic primary details

Polls are open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday (June 11) for voting in Virginia’s Democratic primary for candidates hoping to be the Democratic Party’s choice to run for lieutenant governor (Ralph S. Northam and Aneesh Chopra) and attorney general (Mark R. Herring and Justin E. Fairfax).

The county registrar’s office is open 8 to 4 this Saturday (June 8), the last day for in-person absentee voting.

June 11 is also the deadline for interested parties to turn in their signed petitions and related forms for the upcoming November general election for two school board positions from the Piedmont/Sperryville and Stonewall-Hawthorne (aka Scrabble) districts, as well as two board of supervisors positions from the same two districts.

For more information about the required forms and deadlines, visit sbe.virginia.gov or call the registrar’s office at 540-675-5380 (open 8 to 4 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday).

These races may seem trivial to some, but they can have tremendous impact on our community when it comes to money for roads and schools; how much you will pay in taxes and upon whom that burden will most heavily fall; and whether your right to a vote will be protected.

In the race for lieutenant governor, the two candidates are Ralph Northam and Aneesh Chopra. Northam is a state senator from Norfolk and the only practicing physician currently serving in that body; in this campaign he has championed his opposition to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plan to force pregnant women to undergo invasive screening procedures. Chopra is from Northern Virginia and served as Virginia’s technology secretary under Gov. Tim Kaine and points to this as proof he can help bring high-tech jobs to Virginia while protecting and growing the middle class.

The race for attorney general is a choice between Mark Herring and Justin Fairfax. Herring is a state senator from Loudoun County, where he formerly served on the board of supervisors. In his time in the Senate he has championed the needs of transportation and issues affecting Virginia’s families, specifically enacting laws against synthetic drugs and cracking down those who would defraud our senior citizens. Fairfax is a former federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Alexandria, where he brought to court cases against armed robbers and drug dealers; before that job, Fairfax spent time in a corporate law firm, giving him a wide breadth of experience.

The right wing has become fond of using the term “low-information voter,” a term they think is a less insulting way of saying the American people are too stupid to govern themselves; on June 11, be a “well-informed voter,” go to the polls, cast a ballot for one of these fine candidates and prove them wrong.

Fred Schaefer
Sperryville

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