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Interview Series: Andy Schmookler

Andy Schmookler is running uphill, perhaps, but he’s running just the same.

The Mount Jackson Democrat is challenging likely Republican nominee Bob Goodlatte, a 20-year incumbent, in the Sixth District congressional race. It’s not easy to be a Democrat in the heavily Republican Sixth, which stretches from Shenandoah County in the north to Roanoke to the south, but Schmookler, an accomplished author, social commentator and college professor, is undaunted by the task that lies ahead.

“I’m very eager to talk with conservatives in this district. Because I’m convinced that the party that they’ve been supporting has changed under them,” said Schmookler.

Schmookler sat down with editor Chris Graham for a nearly hour-long interview on topics ranging from the debates over health-care policy and global warming to budget and fiscal issues and more.

The series will run in five installments over the next two weeks.

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