Regarding your June 13 editorial “5 takeaways from Tuesday's primaries,” I am the so-called “white Republican” running for the House of Delegates District 87 seat encompassing eastern Loudoun and western Prince William counties. HD 87 is the fastest growing district in Virginia, fueled by people of all backgrounds, races and ethnicities. It’s easy to understand why so many people find it so appealing. It is a beautiful area, and a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family – regardless of your background or circumstances. However, the thrust of your editorial suggests -- perhaps unintentionally -- that we are a just a conglomeration of tribes, rather than many peoples united by a sense of community, with similar aspirations, and working to make a great place to live even better.

To illustrate my point, my wife is one of the “growing number of … minorities … from Asia” that you cite. She was born and raised in Taiwan, and is a proud naturalized American citizen. She doesn’t vote as a Taiwanese-American, she votes as an American, just like all the other “hyphenated” Americans referenced in your editorial. There is, after all, no monolithic “White” solution to traffic congestion, no uniquely South Asian answer to classroom size, no exclusively Hispanic approach to a sound local economy, and no Black-only fix to health care challenges.

We’re all in this together, working for the common good and a brighter future. To suggest otherwise betrays a shallow understanding of District 87.

So, while it is true that I am white, and a Republican – as well as a husband, father, grandfather, combat veteran, retired Air Force officer, right-handed, and a lousy golfer -- I am running to represent ALL the people of District 87 in the Virginia House of Delegates, no matter who they are or where they come from. Period, full stop.

BILL DRENNAN

SOUTH RIDING

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