Voters need to hear more from candidates
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.