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6th District Convention a Great Success

The 6th District Democratic Convention held today was a resounding success. Over 155 delegates, as well as many alternates, attended and heard Andy Schmookler, candidate for Congress, and State Sen. Creigh Deeds call for strong grassroots action to counter the GOP smear machine that is backed by corporate funding, thanks to Citizen's United.

Perhaps the best line of the whole day came from Del. Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke), who spoke on behalf of Tim Kaine. Contrasting Kaine and George Allen, Ware reminded delegates of the stories about Allen's young manhood - a severed deer head in the mailbox of a black family, the reported use of racial slurs. At that time in his life, Tim Kaine took a year off from Harvard Law School to work with Jesuits as a missionary in Honduras. Ware noted noted the difference: Kaine "has the heart of a missionary," compassion that has guided his political career, whether as mayor of Richmond or as governor of Virginia.

Those of us who live in the 6th understand that it's the most Republican of Virginia's congressional districts, but many of us actually take heart from that. Every voter we can reach with our message, every person we register to vote, every young person we convince that their future depends on being politically active and voting their own interest - those things take us one step closer to "painting the 6th blue."

Compliments of the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Democratic Committees, there's a slide show of the convention.  

The Bigger They Are, the Harder They Fall

Why Beating Bob Goodlatte Could Have a Very Big Impact

I am running as a Democrat to take the 6th District congressional seat away from the Republican, Bob Goodlatte.  With this campaign, we have an opportunity to achieve something of real importance, something that reverberates far beyond the 6th District.

Sure, it's an uphill fight. Sure, our incumbent Republican opponent will far outspend us. Sure, this is the most difficult district in Virginia in which to beat a Republican.

All the better! The more surprising our victory, the more powerful the blow we will strike by winning this race!

Remember the nature of this terrible crisis we face in America today. Money power is taking over our country, robbing average Americans of their futures while enriching the already fabulously wealthy.

We have an opportunity to show America how people power can defeat money power -- by inspiring old and young, liberal and conservative, to rise up and repudiate those who have put advantage for the few ahead of serving the greater good.