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Democratic Nominee Ann Ridgeway’s Statement on GOP’s Failure to Nominate a Candidate in HD30

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See below for a statement from the Ann Ridgeway for House of Delegates campaign, in response to Del. Nick Freitas (R-HD30)’s announcement that he’s withdrawing his candidacy due to a failure to file his candidate paperwork properly.

Orange, Virginia, July 19th, 2019, Ann Ridgeway, the Democratic Nominee for Virginia’s 30th House of Delegates District, is now the only candidate on the ballot for the general election on November 5th, 2019.  According to recent press reports, Republican, Nick Freitas, has chosen to cease contesting his failure to be declared the Republican nominee for this office. There is no Republican nominee for this seat. 

Ann Ridgeway was born Fredericksburg,the daughter of an Episcopal minister; her parents were dedicated community activists and advocates for the underprivileged.  Ann graduated from Old Dominion University and made a career of working for at-risk kids in a youth group home, as a juvenile probation counselor, and as a public school teacher in Orange County. Ann helped create the Orange County Youth Commission and the Orange County Youth Council,  and the Orange County Recreation Department. 

Ann had the following comment on the situation in the district:

This election is not about partisan politics, but about who will best represent the 30th district in Richmond. My message and my commitment to our community is the same regardless of who is on the ballot with me in November. I am thrilled to see the support and enthusiasm grow within the District. I am proud of what we have done thus far, and I am optimistic for the future. We have an opportunity to represent Orange, Madison, and Culpeper in a better way, serving the people.

Ann explained that her campaign and mission to the voters of the district will not change: 

As Delegate, I will work to improve our public schools, increase access to affordable health care, fight for greater mental health resources, support our veterans, protect our environment, and advocate for a better quality of life.  We vow to show up, to listen, and to adapt to the needs of our constituents. This campaign is about what we’re fighting for, not who we’re running against.