November 2, voters face starkly different choices on whom is best qualified to lead Virginia. The outcome has significant implications for Virginia and nationally. Based on key priorities, opportunities and challenges, it is abundantly clear Terry McAuliffe and Democratic leadership are best qualified to continue the success Virginia experienced over the past 8 years. Top issues for voters include: the economy and jobs; the pandemic; health care; taxes; and education. On each, Democratic leadership and McAuliffe are undisputedly proven leaders.

Jobs and the economy: Virginia ranks in the top third of states on unemployment rates at 4%. Nationally, 10 states report levels below 3.5% and 10 states, including Virginia, have rates between 3.6% and 4.2%. The McAuliffe and Northam administrations brought thousands of jobs/businesses, including Amazon, CoStar, Nestle and many more. Virginia has been voted the best state for business two consecutive years and five times overall — top among all states. It posted record volume/growth with Port volume, attracted major investments in offshore wind-powered electricity (top among East Coast states), and improved highway and rail transportation.

Pandemic: Virginia is the absolute leader in vaccination rates among 14 Southern states and among the top nationally: 62% fully vaccinated. It is four points higher than the closest, Florida. Northam and McAuliffe are strong advocates of vaccination and mask requirements, embracing both science and the importance of reducing the incidence of Covid to minimize deaths/illness, ensure the availability of our state’s health care systems, and promote economic recovery/growth.

Health care: McAuliffe and Northam advocated strongly for Medicaid expansion, providing coverage to over 500,000 uninsured Virginians, and a critical safety net for thousands who lost coverage during the pandemic. Republicans continually opposed expansion.

Taxes and education: Everyone would love to pay no taxes; however, taxes support a range of economic, educational, environmental, public safety, and health priorities. McAuliffe proposes major investments in public education and teacher salaries to position Virginia as a preferred destination for educators and to make our schools top nationally. Admittedly, McAuliffe made a debate gaffe in addressing parental involvement in education, however, he supports parental involvement through school boards/committees, local funding, etc. His opponent has focused on banning Critical Race Theory-something not in Virginia curriculum.

Contrast these accomplishments with Youngkin, who espouses concerns on election integrity, notwithstanding that Virginia election officials and the former president’s senior election security advisor advised of no fraud. Youngkin did not oppose a rally — the organizers of which he thanked — in Richmond where participants pledged allegiance to an American flag flown at the Jan. 6 insurrection, featured Stephen Bannon, presently defying legal Congressional subpoenas, and welcomes the support of Amanda Chase — an outlier in her own party for racist and conspiracy comments. Youngkin proposes tax cuts that, if implemented, would result in “de facto” defunding of police, public safety and education. He seeks to nurture and attract the former president’s voter base while distancing himself from controversial issues basic to this base. He is a chameleon and non-transparent on matters of importance. Explore the candidates’ positions on voter rights, and a woman’s right to choose.

The best choice is obvious — vote for Terry McAuliffe for a bright future for Virginia.

Mark H. Merrill is a resident of Winchester. 

(24) comments

Bose-Einstein

So funny watching y'all hyperventilate on an edgy subject. Just as predictable as the sun coming up.

coachmilburn

Folks, Terry McAuliffe is not the best choice!

Must watch and share:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1453371891725574148

https://twitter.com/bennyjohnson/status/1453168589327015938

coachmilburn

According to reporting by the Daily Beast — Epstein funneled tons of cash to the Clintons through their foundation when

@TerryMcAuliffe

was running the Clinton Foundation fundraising operation.

Read this bombshell piece:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstein-has-a-secret-charity-heres-who-it-gave-money-to

Marymac

Very well stated, Mr. Merrill! I trusted your leadership and kindness during our time at WMC and I agree with you now! Vote Blue! Keep Virginia a place where truth and integrity are expected and respected!

john brown

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Well done Mr. Merrill, well done indeed!

Vote Blue and save our nation!

GreaterThanScott

Learning that Mark Merrill is Winchester area's Commonwealth Transportation Board representative and reading this liberal nonsense, now makes sense of why the Winchester Area always fails to obtain transportation dollars as it appears that Mark Merrill is just a puppet of the Virginia Democrat Regime that funnels our transportation dollars all around the state, but not in the northern Shenandoah Valley.

The Node

I’m missing the compelling case to vote for McAwful. A wealthy former healthcare executive hasn’t made a case to support keeping the status quo. The Democrats voted to suppress sexual assault reporting at schools and I know of two cases in Winchester that were swept away because the immigration status of the perpetrator (or his parents) would have been highlighted. Obviously, boys in skirts have move agency than our daughters as well as the sons of illegal immigrants. It’s sad but the republicans are the only party that supports women.

Doc Samson

@ The Node - Inconvenient truths...

Whistle Dixie

"I go back with President Clinton and Hillary 'til 1980, we've vacationed together for years… we're best friends." – Terry McAuliffe

"I am for requiring, mandate vaccinations. The Democrat's not, the Democrat wants to do PSAs. PSAs aren't going to get you anything. I want everybody to be vaccinated here in the commonwealth of Virginia." – Terry McAuliffe

"It’s [Critical Race Theory] not taught in New Virginia and it's never been taught in New Virginia, I'm not even spending my time because the school board and everyone else has come out and said it's not taught." – Terry McAuliffe

" I'm not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision, i don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach." – Terry McAuliffe

Doc Samson

Wait! There's more! Which candidate gets up and leaves an interview when the questions get too hard? Which candidate's party supports a racist, pedo-inclined, dementia patient? Which candidate's party passed a VA law allowing schools to NOT report sexual assaults?

Just a few questions that the Pr0g-Left will never answer because... double standards and/or intellectual disabilities...

Catherine Giovannoni

Mr. Merrill is correct. Just today, Virginia's Democratic Governor announced that "September marks the 16th consecutive month Virginia’s unemployment rate has dropped. People are working, businesses are hiring, and that’s all good news. This progress shows the strength of Virginia’s economy, and we need to keep this momentum going." Democrats have paid off the deficit left by the last Republican administration and created a large budget surplus. Democrats have made Virginia the best state for business -- two years in a row. In large part, that's due to Democrats' pro-education policies and policies that encourage inclusion and diversity -- which businesses want for their modern workforces. Meanwhile, Glenn Youngkin and his fellow Trumpers would drag Virginia backwards, defunding police and education, driving away businesses and jobs, and spending time and taxes on pointless Fox culture wars. Please vote for McAuliffe, Ayala, Herring, and local Democratic candidates.

Doc Samson

Translation: I support a corrupt Clinton crony who supports a racist, kid touching president and approves of public schools covering up the sexual assault and rape of minors. Thanks for letting us know what is most important to you, Catherine! [thumbup]

rljonesy

Translation: I cannot refute a single point made by Catherine Giovannoni.

Alsochristie

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Deus_Vult

Translation: You can't refute anything Doc said. Do I have that right?

Since we're talking about addressing points, can you please provide some insight on why it's prudent to vote for anyone that associates with a party that passes laws that left at least two girls in high school vulnerable to a now-convicted rapist and provided cover for him (pretending ? How about the girls father, who had him arrested when he tried to speak up about the issue?

About that surplus, is that money going back to the taxpayers? About those "pro-education" policies, the only thing "pro" about them is their union stance and the above mentioned coddling of rapists. Care to refute?

Doc Samson

Nice try, bro! As usual, you simply won't address anything because facts don't matter. Politics trumps children's safety. Disgusting...

GreaterThanScott

LOL another gaslighting by Ms Giovannoni here on the Star's website...Catherine and Governor Northam taking credit for people going back to work after Governor Northam shut down the state's economy for COVID. Of course unemployment rates will drop as Governor Northam releases his authoritarian lockdown mandates.

Where was Governor Northam's Education Department when Loudoun County Schools were allowing a known rapist to go unreported and allowed to remain in the school system?? Governor Northam has been asleep at the wheel when it comes to education. Just listen to a Terry McAullife tour when he continues to repeat that Virginia teachers rank 34 nationally in pay, the same ranking as before he and Northam ran the state and began their politicization and destruction of the Virginia School system.

We can no longer support those same Democrat standards and allow them to put our teachers and students in harms way.

Glenn Youngkin has a plan to raise teacher pay and to make sure that our students are safe and that our parents have a role in their children's education.

Vote for Glenn Youngkin to support Virginia's students!!

john brown

youngkin has proven by his support of the Big lie and tRump that he is at best a liar

Alsochristie

Youngkin has lots of plans but has yet to tell us how he will carry them out. I’d love to see taxes go down, but how does one pay out millions in raising teacher’s salaries (raises which, I might add, are richly deserved) while losing revenue? Republicans are loathe to tax the rich and busing, so the dollars must come from the poor and middle class.

john brown

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Mr Incredible

Per the Va Constitution, no one can leave a budget deficit, as the Constitution contains a requirement for a balanced budget. You have either been duped, (which is entirely believable) or are flat out lying, like Terry does when he makes that claim. BTW, it's a claim that's such a blatant lie, the Washington Compost gave him 4 Pinocchio's on it. McAuliffe doubles down on false budget claim that has been fact-checked three timeshttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/06/14/fact-checked-three-times-before-mcauliffe-doubles-down-false-budget-claim/

Mr Incredible

Excuse me, what party is it that is all about defunding the police? Your grip on reality slips more every day.

coachmilburn

Noooo ... he's wrong!

https://twitter.com/i/status/1453371891725574148

https://twitter.com/bennyjohnson/status/1453168589327015938

coachmilburn

Wrong answer!

According to reporting by the Daily Beast — Epstein funneled tons of cash to the Clintons through their foundation when

@TerryMcAuliffe

was running the Clinton Foundation fundraising operation.

Read this bombshell piece:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstein-has-a-secret-charity-heres-who-it-gave-money-to

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