Letter: Democratic Party nominee Ellen Arthur addresses voters in 24th House District

ellen arthurI was driving our beautiful country roads yesterday. Besides being moved by the beauty of our fall landscape, I also considered the changing seasons.

The spectacular colors of Virginia fall will soon turn to colder weather, and its own pleasures of holiday fellowship, warm fires and comfortable sweaters.

We are blessed to live in this part of the world, and the falling leaves reminded me, too, that nothing is permanent.  It reminded me again of why I am running for the 24th District of the House of Delegates.

Our region’s pristine beauty is under attack, because my opponent Ben Cline won’t publicly oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, proposed to run through southern Augusta County.

Our household economic freedom is threatened, too, because Mr. Cline supported a bill that would prevent regulators from reviewing the earnings of Dominion Power for almost a decade; and helped kill a bill to cap interest payments on car title loans.

These decisions make it harder for families, but they aren’t surprising, as Mr. Cline received financial donations from Dominion Power and payday and car title loan companies.

Our collective health and well-being is at stake. Mr. Cline opposed the expansion of health care to insure another 400,000 Virginians, create up to 30,000 jobs and save rural hospitals.

I could mention other differences with my opponent. He is a good man, and loves this region too. But at this time when family is so very important, I ask that you consider what is best for your family.

I would be honored to have your vote.

– Letter from Ellen Arthur/24th House District Democratic Party nominee

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