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Letter to the Editor: Elect Edwards to break with Virginia's political status quo

Magnificent dams, bridges and highways were built, two World Wars and a Cold War won, killer diseases eliminated and public programs created that continue to benefit millions. Well, no more! Now we have politicians who worry more about their political survival by focusing on raising funds, catering to extremists in their electoral base and putting party above country. Theirs is a failure of leadership fostered by a dysfunctional political system.

While many factors have caused this, one aspect of our electoral system at the root of the problem is gerrymandering. The artificial redrawing of representative districts to ensure political victory is nothing new. Gerrymandering is hard to prove and remains legal. We know, however, that it is destructive to the concept of “one person, one vote” and corrupts a representative democracy. “Gaming” the system by carving opposing voters out and supporters into political districts is ultimately a formula for making elections irrelevant. According to the non-partisan Virginia One group, our state is one of the most gerrymandered in the Union. Many of our state districts have firmly entrenched representatives who often face no opposition during elections or win by Banana Republic-like margins.

With no local politician remotely interested in any kind of voting reform, it's time for change. In Virginia's District 20, that person is Michele Edwards. Born, raised and educated in Virginia, Michele has dedicated her life to selfless community service. She represents a new generation of dedicated citizens who offer a fresh perspective on fairness in the political process. More importantly, she recognizes how entrenched and unresponsive politicians can threaten our democratic way of life. She is a doer, an action-oriented person who will not be content with perpetuating a status quo that serves no one except career politicians.

MIKE RADOIU
Staunton

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