Jack Trammell Is a Candidate of Substance


    The crowd was unexpectedly large last evening at the home of Clark and Kelly Mercer in Ashland, Virginia. Expecting 50, more like 150 swarmed the unassuming Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. The excitement was evident. Jack Trammell, has been thrust into a high profile race for Congress.

    “I’m going to be a candidate of “yes.” I’m going to be about the positive. I want to be able to reach across the aisle; I want to work with people. My career in academia … I have friends here in the crowd who work at Randolph-Macon … in academia we learn that research and social science functions within a peer review process where you work together collaboratively to solve problems.”

    Trammell’s open and engaging personality is matched by his genuine sincerity and optimism. These qualities will more than make up for his freshman political status as he campaigns for soon to be former Congressman Eric Cantor’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is reflected in his supporters who are motivated by what is right about America rather than by bitterness and anger toward their own shadows.

    “I like to say “yes” rather than “no.” I say yes to change; I say yes to diversity; I say yes to ownership of your own body and mind; I say yes to possibilities; I say yes to equity; I say yes to opportunity; I say yes to responsibility to our collective good, we’re too wealthy and too successful to stand by to watch that just happen without us; I say yes to a clean environment; I say yes to rules for fair play; I say yes to care before punishment; I say yes to access to healthcare; I say yes to love who you want to love; I say yes to access to education; I say yes to a fair wage.”

    There is much more to Jack Trammell as we will all discover going forward. My connection with him was immediate and personal as I learned his son attended Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro and later served in the Marine Corps. Mine served in Iraq; his Afghanistan. Mine returned whole; his was wounded by an IED (sadly, I don’t have to spell out the acronym). There’s just a whole lot more that I look forward to watching unfold.

    Yes, Virginia, Trammell is positively a serious force to be reckoned with.

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      The Democrats (and the non-tea-poisoned Republicans) in the 7th District need to vote in large numbers in November against a Brat. Otherwise, an idiot will be sent to represent the 7th in Washington. Those of us in the 6th can help, and we all should. Thanks for the information, Dan.

    • kindler

      Please keep it coming!

      From the one video of him that I saw, he does seem like an engaging and likeable speaker.  

    • Dan Sullivan

      Lieutenant Governor Northam introduces Jack Trammell during an event at the home of Kelly and Clark Mercer. After thanking the Mercers for hosting the event, Northam takes a moment to reflect in the General Assembly’s failure to act on Governor McAuliffe’s vetoes.

      400,000 Virginians remain without healthcare coverage, 15,000 of whom are veterans. When folks don’t have coverage, they end up in the emergency room. Virginia is leaving $5.2 million a day on the table; going to surrounding states we are competing with. As a business decision it doesn’t make sense. We have already forfeited $780 million.