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I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Christopher early this week at my school's Young Democrats meeting.  She is running for the 84th Legislative District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Granted, this is not a national election.  However, I'm sure we are all aware of the fact that change comes one state at a time.

Now, I'm not entirely sure if she can win.  She has various things going for her.  First, she is a military wife, and being that Virginia Beach is a military area, that should play over well.  The fact that she is outpacing her opponent in fundraising doesn't hurt either.

What I'm afraid of however, is the knee-jerk Republicanism in this area.  I bring your attention to the November 2nd election for the vacant House of Represenatives seat.  Republican Thelma Drake and Democrat David Ashe were the contender's.  Even though Ashe was clearly the more passionate, more qualified, more positive, and far more honest canidiate, Drake still won with a 10% margin.

Additionally, Mrs. Christopher is of Indian descent, and I'm not sure of how that will play over in Virginia Beach.

Regardless, I think this particular election will be interesting, because if Mrs. Christopher can win in Virginia Beach then it might signal a change in public opinion in one of Virginia's largest cities.

Originally posted to RhombusMan on Fri May 13, 2005 at 07:32 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  only one way to cure knee-jerk Republicanism (none)
    That's to show Dems have winning candidates and winning ideas in those areas too.

    I think we need to focus on winning some state houses and state executive offices (like Ken Blackwells current job...) next year. An organized and energized online funding effort that efffectively nationalizes these races will swamp anything the Republicans can mount.

  •  Virginia (none)
    Is an atypical southern state. In many ways Virginia was the cradle of United States civilization long before DC was placed there (which may have ended that good run in large part).

    I spent a lot of time in Virginia, growing up, mostly among the sort that are apt to generally vote Republican these days (The Farmington Country Club crowd), but also the vibrant college/city liberal section (Daedylus Books).

    While there are smart and psychologically solid people throughout the south to be sure, Virginians have a special quality; and so too do the people attracted to live in Virginia from places like New York, of whom I also know a few. We should remember that American states are roughly comparable to European nations. Our states, many of them at least, have "national" characters very different from one another.

    John Zogby called Virginia for Kerry on Nov. 2nd. I considered that a mindblowing reversal of past polling, a shock... But I believed it, in my heart if not my head. It is believable, not that year but in the future.

  •  Here's the Ad (none)
    "It's okay to vote for a Democrat.  In fact, here in Virginia, was once a stronghold of Democrats!  That's right!  My grandaddy and great-grandaddy were Democrats.  And it's time to come home to a party that speaks to our most important values.
  •  Indian blood a plus (none)
    Many white and black Virginians who can trace their ancestors back to early Virginia have Indian blood. It is now something that people are proud of...where as even in the 1980's it was the kind of oral history that was whispered down to each generation.
    On the other hand a large part of the Virginia Beach area is ex-military who are not originally from Virginia.  
    •  When I say "Indian" (none)
      I mean as in the country located south of China.

      As history has proven time and again, promoting love instead of hate is one of the most reliable ways to ensure an early death.

      by RhombusMan on Fri May 13, 2005 at 09:30:29 AM PDT

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