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Letter to the Editor: Voting Edwards a way to push back against divisiveness

Staunton NewsLeaderI have recently been door-to-door canvassing for the upcoming election, and it has been a rewarding experience. As a canvasser, one is given names and addresses, but you don’t know who is going to open the door – Republican, Democrat, or Independent.

This week, I had a wonderful conversation with a Vietnam War veteran who happens to be a Republican, and I am a Democrat. After a good 20 minutes of chatting about our lives and experiences, as well as our concerns, we found that we had more in common than different. We both feel that gerrymandering of voting district lines is wrong, knowing that both parties have done this, and feel that it needs to be corrected. We both are convinced that financial donations to political candidates should come from citizens, not from businesses or corporations because we want those representing us to have citizens’ best interests as their agenda. We both are not happy with what is going on in Washington right now, particularly at the top; and we both agree that we feel embarrassed for our country.

There were areas we did not discuss and topics we knew we would not agree upon. But we departed with smiles and a warm handshake, as I thanked him for his service to our country, and he thanked me for my work that day. As I was leaving, he told me he might become an Independent, but not a Democrat.

I have been privileged and inspired working these recent months with the Michele Edwards campaign for Delegate of District 20. Michele committed to a very positive campaign from the start. She pledged to take no contributions from businesses or corporations because that is not who she plans to represent. Michele wants to work across the aisles, regardless of party, because the divisiveness in this country during the last year or more was her inspiration for running for office. She cares about each and every citizen and is committed to working for and meeting with her constituents throughout the year.

I encourage you to vote for Michele Edwards on Nov. 7.

BARBARA BROTHERS
Staunton

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