Tea Party darling Nick Freitas and Virginia Republican officials failed to get necessary paperwork filed for Freitas to be listed on the ballot this November for HD-30. Jeff Singer and Harold Boyd have written great Daily Kos articles on the Nick Freitas Debacle and you can go HERE for a recent low-down by The Washington Post’s Laura Vozzella. Though the final shoe hasn’t dropped, it now appears that Freitas will be a write-in, going up against first-time grassroots candidate, Ann Ridgeway, who will BE ON THE BALLOT!
Who is Ann Ridgeway? She is nothing short of terrific and just the sort of person we need in the VA House. She’s the real deal.
Listen HERE to Ann at her June “We the People” rally, then go HERE to contribute to her campaign.
Ann is a community activist who has worked throughout her career to improve her community. She’s the daughter of activists in the civil rights movement who were lifelong community activists and advocates for the underserved. Ann’s own work has centered on young people; she has worked as a juvenile probation counsellor and was instrumental in establishing a youth council and a youth commission in her county. She has been a public school teacher and her three children have attended public schools (tragically, one died at the age of six in a car accident). Go HERE for more on Ann’s background.
Ann Ridgeway on the issues:
I am running because all people in the 30th District should be given a voice…a voice for high-quality public education, increased teacher pay, and funding for educational infrastructure; high speed rural broadband; increased funding for mental health services; increased job opportunities; and protecting our rural environment.
Go HERE for more details, where Ann declares her belief that health care is a human right.
Go HERE to listen to her courageous no holds barred stance on gun violence and her attack on Republicans for having thwarted every effort at gun control legislation (they simply walked out of a special legislative session called by the Governor to address it). By contrast, in a video that went viral, Nick Freitas espoused the usual NRA-inspired right-wing litany, including arming teachers.
Let’s flip both Virginia houses THIS November! The Freitas Debacle could well be a gift to Democrats. Just as Virginia’s outstanding performance in 2017, when we flipped 15 seats in the state house, energized Democrats for the 2018 Tsunami, so could #BlueVA2019 do the same for 2020. We are working our tails off here in Virginia this year, with every single seat in the General Assembly up for grabs this November and just a few seats needed to win the majority in both houses.
Help us send a message to Trump and to the Tea Party!
So that we in Virginia can pass gun control legislation and support our rural communities with good health care, schools, infrastructure, environmental protections, and broadband —
Support Ann Ridgeway for #HD30! Thank you!