Thank you

I want to thank everyone who was involved in the recent election campaign– by canvassing, phoning, donating, staffing, talking to people and voting. Thanks to your efforts, we kept Virginia blue and helped Hillary Clinton (with 61 percent of the vote) and Kai Degner (with 57 percent of the vote) carry Lexington by big margins.

Of course the larger results of the election were upsetting and (for many of us) something of a shock. But politics doesn’t end with one election or another. It’s an ongoing process. We lick our wounds, we try to understand what did and didn’t work, and we move on.

As to where we go from here, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s post-election speech to the AFL-CIO Executive Council is worth watching:

I don’t want to overstate the significance of this amid the bad news from Tuesday, but it’s something to think about: The effort by Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly (including our own Ben Cline) and their corporate sponsors to enshrine the state’s anti-union right-to-work-for-less law in the constitution was soundly defeated– most notably in Rockbridge County, where Trump and Goodlatte got more than 60 percent of the vote and in several counties in far southwest Virginia where Trump got more than 80 percent of the vote. One of the challenges we face as Democrats is helping people understand that in this and many other ways, Republicans are not on their side.

So now we move on to the 2017 state elections, in which the impressive Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will be our candidate for governor. I’m sure he’ll be visiting our area (he’s a VMI graduate) and we will look forward to welcoming him.

I’m sure there will be other noteworthy developments in the coming weeks and months, and I’ll keep you informed.

If you have any thoughts on what we as Democrats should be doing, and how you would be willing to help, please let me know.

Best wishes,

Gene Zitver, chair
Lexington Democratic Committee

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