Vot­ers need to hear more from can­di­dates

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

ED­I­TOR, TIMES-DIS­PATCH:

In an election year, ten­sions al­ways seem to be height­ened and dis­agree­ments be­tween par­ties seem to be­come more stark. It’s nat­u­ral, be­cause politi­cians and peo­ple alike are pos­tur­ing to con­sol­i­date po­lit­i­cal power.

With that in mind, it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that open di­a­logue is para­mount to our democ­racy and avail­abil­ity from our elected of­fi­cials is a sure­fire way to en­sure that open di­a­logue.

Putting aside per­sonal pol­i­tics, I have been very dis­turbed over the past year with the lack of trans­parency by Rep. Dave Brat and his un­will­ing­ness to show his face in the dis­trict.

Nor­mally these con­cerns can be mit­i­gated by watch­ing de­bates and the ex­change of ideas, but Brat has only agreed to a sin­gle de­bate with Abigail Span­berger and has not agreed to ap­pear on stage with Lib­er­tar­ian Party can­di­date Joe Walton.

This means there will be one night, on Oct. 15, when for 90 min­utes, vot­ers in Vir­ginia’s 7th Dis­trict will get to hear from two of the three peo­ple on the bal­lot who are run­ning for the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. This is a shock­ing lack of di­a­logue for a two-year seat in Congress. Peo­ple ev­ery­where de­bate much more triv­ial mat­ters for much longer.

I im­plore every­one to con­tact Brat and re­spect­fully ask for a more trans­par­ent ap­proach to his of­fice and this election.

JOHN FULLER. MID­LOTH­IAN.

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