In praise of GOP candidate for governor

9/2/2021, 6 p.m.
Re Letter to the editor ‘GOP candidate a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” ’ Free Press Aug. 12-14 edition:

Re Letter to the editor ‘GOP candidate a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” ’ Free Press Aug. 12-14 edition:

I was saddened by the letter to the editor written by Stephen Ford regarding Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin.

I first met Mr. Youngkin in February, shortly after he declared he would be running for governor. There were only about 15 people in the room, and we were able to ask candid questions and get to know Mr. Youngkin in a relaxed atmosphere. I have attended many of his events since that time and he has remained consistent, friendly and genuine.

Mr. Youngkin is not a typical politician. He is a Virginian who wants to implement policies that will make it possible for children in failing schools to get a quality education, which is fundamental to breaking the cycle of poverty and crime.

I was proud to stand with him on the steps of the Wilder Library at Virginia Union University as he laid out his plan to make sure Virginia’s children get a quality education. His education initiatives will most definitely help many Black children. Children who are properly educated will have hope and be ready to be productive citizens and less likely to commit crimes.

Mr. Youngkin is his own man. He has an excellent plan to improve our state, and it’s both inaccurate and unfair to tie him to former President Trump in an effort to destroy him politically. We must evaluate each political candidate on their own merit and plans to govern.

Did you know that Mr. Youngkin went to college on a basketball scholarship? There is no room for racism in basketball.

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor, has had his chance at governing Virginia and left a lot of stones unturned. It is time for a new leader with fresh ideas. Glenn Youngkin is working extremely hard to earn the votes of every Virginian. He is eager to make Virginia the best place to work, live and raise a family.


Hanover County