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November 1, 2019

Q&As: Galante, Webert compete in 18th House race

Laura Galante and Michael Webert.
Nov. 5 Election
Nov. 5 Election

• When: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

• Where: 21 polling places in Fauquier.

• On the ballot: County supervisors, county school board, county constitutional offices — commissioner of revenue, commonwealth’s attorney, sheriff and treasurer, state legislators and John Marshall Soil and Water conservation board seats.

• More information: Fauquier County voter registrar’s office and Virginia Department of Elections.
Two candidates who live near Marshall seek the 18th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Republican incumbent Michael Webert, a farm manager, has represented the district since 2012, winning four elections for two-year terms.

Laura Galante, a cybersecurity expert, defeated Tristian Shields of Culpeper County in June’s Democratic primary election.

In Fauquier, the 18th District includes 11 of 20 precincts: Airlie, Baldwin Ridge, Bealeton, Courthouse, Leeds, Marshall, Opal, Springs Valley, The Plains, Warrenton and Waterloo.

The district — one of 100 across Virginia — also covers all of Rappahannock and portions of Culpeper and Warren counties.

> Click here to read the Q&A with Ms. Galante.

> Click here to read the Q&A with Mr. Webert.

FauquierNow will publish questionnaires that all candidates for contested county and state legislative offices (representing Fauquier) completed.

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Silii · November 2, 2019 at 9:14 am
Seriously, Galante wins. What Webert doesn't say about the healthcare bill is that it was attacking pre-existing conditions - taking away any protections so that insurance companies could deny coverage for certain conditions. Keep in mind pregnancy is considered by many healthcare companies as a pre-existing condition. He also doesn't say that he punted on sensible gun issues, afraid to look at the issue, including not requiring home child care providers to lock up guns in order to prevent toddlers shooting and killing toddlers as happened in Virginia at a home child care center. Locking up your guns when you're taking care of young children in your home IS NOT taking your gun away. And, yes, the 18th district is rural but per Ms. Galante, a real and intelligent plan needs to be formulated and implemented regarding broadband so that people can work out of their homes and farms, students can access school assignments and do their homework and research without sitting in a McDonalds parking lot, and people without access to doctors or transportation to medical care can get telemedical care. Sorry, Mr. Webert has had 8 years to get all this rolling and he hasn't. That's why it's all still such a huge problem. Time for new blood and some energy and brains behind it. Galante is the candidate deserving out vote for change and getting things done.
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