By Alice Butler-Short
Founder and Director, Virginia Women For Trump
Living in Virginia, we know the challenges that test our lives every day. A Commonwealth economy with a growth rate of near 0%. Over-regulation that allows states like Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, and others to attract major companies like Boeing, Volkswagen, Hyundai, and others to invest billions in plants and create thousands of jobs. School systems that are starting to lag. Traffic congestion that in Northern Virginia is the worst in the nation. And the list could go on and on.
A key to a better Virginia: A Republican governor to replace Democrat Terry McAuliffe. That means the Republican candidate Ed Gillespie must defeat Democrat Ralph Northam.
To win on November 7, it is important that we come together. Yes, we have been through a contentious primary between Corey Stewart and Ed Gillespie, but Gillespie won and now the battle is between Republican and Democrat.
What is our duty to our state now? Do we sit around disgruntled because our favorite candidate lost or do we accept the will of the voters and get behind the Republican candidate?
Some may feel that Gillespie does not meet their personal litmus test of being a Conservative. My question to that is: Does Ralph Northam meet that test better?
Of course not.
Think of the alternative: four years of Northam—the most liberal Democrat ever to run for Governor—at the helm of our Commonwealth. Will he lower taxes? Of course not. Will he craft pro-business agendas and attract major companies to Virginia and create new jobs, especially in the areas that need new jobs? Of course not. Will he stop the growth of the nanny state? You’ve got to be kidding. Northam is the nanny state!
So, when you really think of what is good for Virginia, it’s voting for Ed Gillespie. Forget about the rest of Virginia, think of yourselves. Do you want higher taxes? Do you want more time sitting in traffic? Do you want lagging schools? Do you want 0% economic growth that will mean stagnant paychecks? Do you want more nanny state?
Of course not.
So Republican Ed Gillespie is what we need as governor.
Ed Gillespie is what our lives and Virginia need. He is a man of great integrity and character, and who has a vast amount of experience. His policies follow President Trump’s vision of reducing taxes and eliminating the burden of wasteful over-regulation. And Ed Gillespie is definitely not the nanny state that Ralph Northam is.
It is clear that we Republicans must unify behind our three great candidates: Ed Gillespie for Governor, Jill Vogel for Lt. Governor, and John Adams for Attorney General.
We also must vote for Lolita Mancheno-Smoak as Delegate for the 42nd District. When we vote for Lolita, she will replace retiring Delegate Dave Albo and continue providing a strong voice in Richmond for the needs of her constituents.
There is too much at stake for our Commonwealth not to put the bygones of this year’s primary behind us. We must go to the polls, and we must vote Republican. Ed Gillespie as our governor is the best hope for ourselves and the Commonwealth of Virginia.