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May 30, 2019

18th District Democratic candidate forum June 1

Lauren Galante and Tristen Shields seek the Democratic nomination in the 18th Virginia House of Delegates District to challenge incumbent Michael Webert (R) in the November general election.
This is the only opportunity to see the candidates together answering questions.
— Fauquier County Democratic Committee Co-Chairperson Whitney Petrilli
The two Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for the 18th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates on Saturday will square off at a forum in Warrenton.

Featuring first-time candidate Laura Galante, who lives near Marshall, and Tristan Shields of Rixeyville, the June 1 forum will take place at 11 a.m. in the Warrenton Community at 430 E. Shirley Ave.

The Democratic Party committees from the counties within the 18th District will host the public event.

The district includes all of Rappahannock and portions of Culpeper, Fauquier and Warren counties. 

Voters will choose a nominee in a Tuesday, June 11, primary. The winner will face Republican incumbent Michael Webert, who lives near Marshall, in the Nov. 5 general election.

In the November 2017 general election, Mr. Webert won a fourth term to the legislature with 60.4 percent of the district votes (16,686). Then a first-time candidate, Mr. Shields got 34.3 percent (9,486 votes). Green Party nominee Will King received 5.2 percent (1,433 votes).

Del. Elizabeth R. Guzman (D-31st/Woodbridge) will moderate the forum, which “we’re hoping to keep to an hour” or 90 minutes, she said. A first-term incumbent, Ms. Guzman will face Republican and political newcomer Darrell “D.J.” Jordan of Woodbridge in the November election.

Ms. Galante and Mr. Shields will make opening statements and respond to the same 10 questions prepared by the Democratic committees representing the counties included in the 18th District, Fauquier County Democratic Committee Co-Chairperson Whitney Petreilli explained.

Both candidates also will make closing statements, Ms. Petrilli said.

“It’s an opportunity to see the candidates side-by-side, to see how they stand on the issues,” Ms. Petrilli said. “This is the only opportunity to see the candidates together answering questions.”

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Gunner · June 8, 2019 at 9:51 am
Tristan is not ready for public office. He does not understand basic government principles and makes feel-good promises to change things that would be far outside of his purvue as a delegate. Furthermore, he is disingenuous and lacks integrity because when questioned about his knowledge of state and local government, he chose to delete comments instead of facing the challenge. He claims to be strong and ready to lead, but he isn't strong enough to face constructive criticism and answer for HIS oversights before he is even elected. Enjoy the read, it's all right here.¬if_id=1559981317655930¬if_t=feed_comment
MissB · June 4, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Ms. Galante does not appear to support a woman's right to choose. I cannot find any information on her website about it either. While I wish I could put my vote to getting a woman elected, I cannot support a candidate who will not support women's reproductive rights. This topic is too important.
Silii · June 2, 2019 at 2:57 pm
Both of these candidates were on top of the issues. This forum emphasized how little Webert has done for constituents in the 18th, how Webert is almost invisible and ignores the important issues facing the 18th, how he doesn't think independently for the 18th, just goes with the flow, is only in office because of his grandmother's money. It's time for a change in Richmond so we are represented by someone who understands and has plans for addressing the opiod crisis, the farming crisis because of tariffs, the problem Fauquier County has in keeping teachers, intelligent gun safety issues such as background checks, limiting handgun purchases to one per month (former Governor McDonnell signed Republican passed legislature to lift all limits on number of gun purchases), allowing localities to enact common sense measures regarding carrying into public buildings (this kind of shooting could easily happen in Warrenton) so badly needed, to wit Virginia Beach, putting controls on suppressors and extended magazines. Republicans have consistently, Webert included, voted down gun safety measures and have, in fact loosened gun rules in Virginia. Webert doesn't care about the safety of his constituents or the financial and business problems they face. Time for a change.
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