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Candidate makes get-out-the-vote plea
SoVaNow.com / October 29, 2012Fifth District Democratic Congressional candidate John Douglass stopped in Halifax County on Saturday afternoon with his wife, Susan, to rally supporters to get out the vote (GOTV).
“We’ve got ten days to get fired up — got ten days to do it and we’re gonna’ do it,” he predicted.
Talking to some 30 supporters at Democratic headquarters at the Halifax Square Shopping Center in South Boston, Douglass thanked them for their efforts to turns voters out for the Nov. 6 elections. “We’re lucky to have you and we’ve got some real momentum going. We’re ready to re-elect the President and Tim Kaine [for U.S. Senate],” he said.
His campaign, Douglass added, is ahead of where Tom Perriello was four years, when Perriello upset then-Congressman Virgil Goode to claim the Fifth District for Democrats. Douglass is running against Robert Hurt, a one-term Republican incumbent who unseated Perriello in 2010.
In brief remarks, Douglass stressed his concern for rural education and the lack of special education classes in many communities. He also said he was running to restore good-paying jobs that were lost in the 2008 recession and its aftermath. People want to work and “we want to put them back to work.”
Douglass, a retired Air Force brigadier general from Fauquier County, was introduced by his wife, Susan. She noted that her husband has been in every county in the sprawling Fifth District many times and knows what’s on the minds of people — the need for jobs and educational opportunities, and the importance of supporting veterans and senior citizens and retirees, among other issues.
With one of their two sons requiring special education classes, Susan Douglass said, “We know how difficult it is to get the education our children need.” She also referred to her husband’s long military career, saying he well understands the needs of veterans, and brought up her 91-year-old mother to highlight the candidate’s support for programs that help senior citizens.
“This is a last call to duty for the general,” she said, urging those present to each get five to ten voters to the polls on Nov. 6.
CommentsI wish I had not had to work sat. I would have liked to asked the 'general' some questions. 1. Why did he hit a person asking him a question? (see youtube video) 2. Why he did not disclose money about uranium till it made the press? 3. Why has he been so rude to people that disagree with him? 4. What exactly did he lobby for while he worked in DC?
We need to keep Robert Hurt in office. A retired general with an ego is not what we need in DC
- By allpolitical2 on 10 / 29 / 12
CommentsYou are right about his ego. He thinks only people who serve in the military are qualifed to be in congress. Really? This Douglas is an extreme Jerk and we deserve a lot better than this blowhard. If we know whats good for us we better keep Hurt and turn down Douglas, Kaine and Obama.
- By Really on 10 / 29 / 12
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