Top of the ticket

11/3/2017, 2:16 a.m.
We cannot stress enough the importance of voting in Tuesday’s election for Virginia’s next governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

We cannot abide the harm that a Gillespie administration would bring to the commonwealth.

Our vote is for Lt. Gov. Northam.

Fairfax for Lt. Governor

An impressive leader with a family history that makes him both relatable and compassionate to others, Democrat Justin Fairfax supports increasing Virginia’s current $7.25 an hour minimum wage, bringing new jobs to Virginia, making higher education more affordable for students and expanding access to early childhood education.

His Republican opponent, Jill Vogel, comes across as charming in television ads, but she is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. While she claims to be an advocate for women’s health, she has supported bills to curb women’s reproductive health rights and sponsored a measure that would have required women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound before an abortion.

She has blocked efforts to expand Medicaid in Virginia and supports public support for private charter schools.

Mr. Fairfax supports expanding health care for all Virginians, is an advocate for public education and supports tougher gun control laws.

Our vote is for Mr. Fairfax.

Herring for Atty. General

Democrat Mark Herring, who is running for re-election, has been an active and activist attorney general. He has joined with attorneys general from around the country to try to protect Virginians from many of the harsh and unconstitutional policies sought by the Trump administration and the GOP.

He has filed suit to protect reimbursements to the states under the Affordable Care Act, stood up for Dreamers and fought attempts to roll back the ACA’s mandate for coverage of contraceptives.

He has instituted programs to curb gun violence, stop the epidemic of opioid abuse and to protect consumers from out of control banks and corporations.

He believes the attorney general is the people’s lawyer.

Our vote is for Mr. Herring.