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October 25, 2021 · OPINION

The good reasons to vote Democratic on Nov. 2

Democratic candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe.
By Louisa Woodville
The Plains

As we prepare to cast our ballots on November 2, some readers may ask, “Why should I vote Democratic on Election Day?”

Here are just a few reasons:

• Good for businesses: Base public policy on science, facts and needs rather than political dogma. Retain Virginia’s high ranking as a place to do business. As governor, Terry McAuliffe showed his pro-business skills by attracting firms like CoStar, Nestle and others. Many prominent Virginia “Republicans for Terry” support his candidacy.

• Good for individuals: Protect voting access and voting rights. Preserve respect for all cultural backgrounds and persons of color. Retain expanded access to Medicaid for more than 500,000 Virginians. Lower Medicare prescription costs, and take other steps to improve healthcare access for the less fortunate.

• Good for veterans: Preserve respect for those who have served our country.

• Good for women: Protect women’s personal medical healthcare decisions, including their rights to choose. Work for fair pay between women and men. Improve mothers’ access to child care.

• Good for workers: Promote a livable minimum wage.

• Good for families: Protect funding for public schools. Expand access to healthcare, including telemedicine in areas where hospitals have closed. Stay committed to conquering COVID by following the best medical advice.

• Good for all the above: Invest in broadband access to rural areas. Prioritize sensible spending rather than irresponsible cuts to schools and emergency services.

Republicans ignored these issues during 20+ years in the majority. In contrast, Democrats in the Virginia House, Senate and governor’s office together made progress in these areas in just two years.

Let’s keep the progress we have made. I’m voting Democratic on November 2.
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