Foust opens city campaign office
WINCHESTER — Frederick County resident Barbara Burroughs didn’t know a lot about John Foust before Friday night.
The Democratic candidate for the 10th District House of Representatives seat opened a campaign field office at 30 S. Braddock St., attracting dozens of supporters as well as people like Burroughs.
“I really didn’t know anything about [Foust’s office], so I thought it would be a good idea to come down and listen to what he had to say because I didn’t know him,” Burroughs, 53, said after hearing some of his remarks.
“We really need to know the people before we can vote.”
Burroughs, a political independent, added that some of the issues on which she agrees with Foust are support of health-care reform and last year’s statewide transportation bill.
Foust, a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, will face Republican Barbara Comstock — who now represents the 34th District in the Virginia House of Delegates — and Libertarian William B. “Bill” Redpath in the Nov. 4 election.
Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-10th, has held the seat for 17 terms, but is not seeking re-election.
Chris Sosnoski, a 56-year-old Frederick County resident, was on his way home from work when he saw the crowd of Foust supporters outside the field office.
“I’m a union guy and my union supports me and my family and John supports my union, so I support him,” Sosnoski said. “Any other issues that come along, I’m usually on the [political] right side ... I’m usually a guy that toes the line.”
Sosnoski, a heavy-equipment operator, is a member of Suitland, Md.-based Operating Engineers Local 77. The union also has an office in Manassas.
He left Friday’s office opening with a Foust sign that he plans to place in his yard, in contrast to some of his neighbors who have Comstock signs on display.
In addition to opening his field office, Foust started his “Women’s Priorities Tour” to outline his support for women’s health care and reproductive rights.
Stephanie Vaughan, chairman of the Winchester and Frederick County Democratic committees, ignited the crowd before Foust’s remarks by speaking about women’s issues.
“Democratic men do not have to talk down to Democratic women because we are smart and we understand [the issues],” Vaughan said. “In fact, we are equal to Democratic men. We believe in equality, we believe in equal pay for equal work, we believe women can hold the same jobs as men ....
“Democratic women are intelligent. We don’t want the government telling us how to care for our bodies,” she added.
During his remarks, Foust offered his record of working with Republicans on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to support large projects — such as the planned expansion of Metro rail service to Washington Dulles International Airport — as evidence that he would be able to work with Republicans in Congress.
In an interview following his remarks to the crowd, Foust said he believes his positions are consistent with the priorities of Virginia residents.
“I think they are looking for solutions to everyday problems, which I demonstrate day after day I can deliver ...,” he said. “I think they’re tired of the partisan bickering. They don’t want to send someone who goes to Richmond, and does nothing but partisan bickering, to Washington to do partisan bickering. That doesn’t do any of us any good.
“We need to solve problems; we need to invest in the future and I think the [10th District’s] right for that.”
Foust added that he plans to visit the Winchester area often during the rest of the campaign. He also has opened field offices in Manassas, Leesburg and Chantilly.
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