Letter: Respectfully clarifying the RCDC’s invitation

In the spirit of local non-partisanship, fairness and the wish to keep our membership informed, the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee (RCDC) invited the three candidates for Clerk of the Circuit Court to introduce themselves to the 30 or so Rappahannock County voters who will attend our Oct. 5 meeting at the library. Peggy Ralph and Lavonne Adkins accepted the invitation. Paul Hagstrom did not.

Contrary to Mr. Hagstrom’s assertion in his Sept. 9 letter to the editor entitled, “I am respectfully declining your invitation,” in no way did we imply that we wished to endorse a candidate for the clerk position. In the past, the RCDC has invited many independents running for local office. We have never endorsed or implied that we would endorse any of these candidates, and we do not intend to start now.

We are disappointed that Mr. Hagstrom distorts the nature of our invitation as a vehicle to launch his campaign.

Steve Beatty
Chair, RCDC

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