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Ralph Northam’s priorities are logic-based and focused on the advancement of the commonwealth.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Voters who fear that the Virginia statesman is nearing extinction will find in Ralph Northam an able leader deserving of the title.
The lieutenant governor candidate would be a strong contender for our endorsement even if he faced a serious opponent. Northam has been an effective state senator and a legislative expert on health care issues. He is well-acquainted with parliamentary procedures, the basic skill necessary for the job, but more importantly he understands that personal relationships are key to making progress on the challenges that face the commonwealth.
His amiable, deliberative disposition made him a good fit in the collegial Senate, where the centrist Democrat has strong friendships with members of both parties. He is a fiscal conservative with tempered views on social issues and the role of government in individuals’ private lives.
As a pediatric neurologist and former Army physician, Northam has a realistic and hands-on understanding of the health care issues confronting state leaders and the impact of decisions that must be made in the near future. He promises to devote much time to persuading colleagues of the need for expanding Medicaid, critical to the financial stability of Virginia’s hospitals and communities.
His priorities are logic-based and focused on the advancement of the commonwealth: early childhood education, economic development, enforceable ethics rules, passenger rail service and redistricting reform. His forward-looking agenda led him to support this year’s transportation funding legislation.
Also on the ballot is E.W. Jackson, who last year came in fourth out of four candidates in the Republican U.S. Senate primary with just 12,000 votes statewide. He needed even fewer to win the nomination in this year’s convention, yet another reminder to GOP leaders of the mischief they invite by closing their selection process.
Jackson’s campaign has been empty on policy matters, and he has struggled to handle even the most basic function, completing donation reports. His backward declarations that gay people are “sick” and non-Christians follow a “false religion” are malevolent and offensive. It is hard to understand why he wants to lead 8 million Virginians when so few of us measure up to his narrow moral code.
Virginia is in critical need of statesmen, not sideshows. Virginia needs Ralph Northam.
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