On Tuesday, November 3rd, Virginia will hold an election for all of the members of the General Assembly. The only contested race in Waynesboro is that for Delegate. The incumbent is Republican Dickie Bell, and the challenger is Libertarian William Hammer.
In this article I will compare the candidates’ positions on the issues and offer some insights into their political philosophy. My intent is to follow Thomas Jefferson’s advice, “…whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
Let’s consider Will Hammer’s policy positions. His website lists his five most important issues as the Pipeline, Marijuana Legalization, Marriage Equality, Fiscal Policy and Judicial Reform.
The details of those issues are, Mr. Hammer is opposed to the Pipeline and will work to keep Dominion Power from constructing it. He is for the complete legalization of Pot, with access to it for full recreational use, anyplace and anytime.
William Hammer strongly supports same-sex marriage and commends the Supreme Court for the overthrow of Virginia’s Marriage Amendment. If elected, he would seek to remove the Marriage Amendment from Virginia’s Constitution.
Fiscal Policy means the cutting of expenditures to reduce or eliminate the budget deficit. Finally, Judicial Reform includes ending victimless crimes such as prostitution and the repeal of capital punishment.
Now, let’s consider Dickie Bell’s issues. The three major policies that he is promoting are a Right-to-Work Amendment to Virginia’s Constitution, the establishment of a Virtual School and the requirement that high school students pass a citizenship test.
Here are the details. Current law provides that a person cannot be denied employment for failing to join a labor union. The Right-to-Work statute is an important factor in Virginia’s high ranking as one of the best States for business. The addition of Right-to-Work to the Virginia Constitution would ensure that it is permanent, and not subject to the whims of the legislature.
Virtual School legislation would allow localities to enter into contracts with approved providers of online courses and programs. There are many students who thrive in traditional classrooms, and this legislation would not affect them. However, there are students who do not thrive in a traditional setting, and online education would give parents another option when they are looking to meet the educational needs of their children.
Lastly, Delegate Bell will sponsor a Bill in the next session of the General Assembly to require high school students to pass the same citizenship test required of naturalized citizens in order to graduate.
On November 3rd, you will vote for a person to represent you in the General Assembly. Will it be Will Hammer or Dickie Bell?
The men and women of the Waynesboro Republican Committee ask you to vote for Dickie Bell. He is truly the “Best of the Best” in Richmond.
When we sent Dickie Bell to the General Assembly in prior terms, we learned that he is our representative in the truest meaning of the word. He carries our principles and values to Richmond, and conducts himself just as you would if you were the Delegate. He does not need to be watched and he does not need to be prodded with telephone calls or emails.
Dickie Bell always does the right thing, because it is the right thing. That is why he is the “Best of the Best.”
November 3rd is an off-year election. The voter turnout will be small. Because of that, every single vote counts. I, and the Waynesboro Republicans, ask you right now to put November 3rd on your calendar. Put it there in bold letters and then vote.
If you care about Waynesboro and Virginia, you will do it!
Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Waynesboro Virginia Republican Committee.