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Statewide elections approach

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:26 pm

On November 7 Westmoreland residents will vote for a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and one member of the House of Delegates to represent the 99th district.
Colonial Beach Residents will vote to fill two seats that are temporarily filled by appointed members. The winners will fill out the remaining term of these seats which expire on December 31, 2018. Currently these seats are held by William L. “Bill” Dellar and Phillip E. Rogers who are both running on the ballot.

Running for Governor are Ralph S. Northam (D), Edward W. “Ed” Gillespie (R), and Clifford D. Hyra (L).
Running for Lieutenant Governor are Justin E. Fairfax (D) and Jill H. Vogel (R)
Running for Attorney General are Mark R. Herring (D), John D. Adams (R)
Running for Member, House of Delegates for the 99th District are Francis Nicholas Edwards (D) and Margaret Bevans Ransone (R).

Ransone lays out clear objectives to help facilitate business growth in the Northern Neck. As a life time resident she and her family have business roots in the Northern Neck which helps her understand the impact of small business within the community. “I strongly support our local natural and historical resources that help create new jobs and spur economic growth.”

“I believe we can best secure our future by developing a friendly business climate in Virginia with less government involvement,” Ransone said. Her plan to help create jobs and local opportunities involves cutting wasteful programs and reducing tax burdens on local families. She also supports Virginia’s Right to Work laws and adds, “We need to encourage new stable, long term jobs for the area in the technical and medical fields.”

Ransone is opposed to government overreach and it shows in her past work and her promises for future public service.

As the current delegate for the 99th district, Ransone pushes for high-quality education, that prepares children to be college-ready or career-ready at graduation, by fighting to give local schools more say in how educational money is spent. “As a Delegate, I have worked with my colleagues to remove burdensome state regulations, give localities greater flexibility over education dollars, and bring greater accountability and transparency to our schools.”


Francis Edwards, a resident of Weems in Lancaster County will run against Republican Incumbent Margaret Ransone for a seat in the 99th district, Virginia’s House of Delegates in the General Election on November 7, 2017.

Edwards, a political activist, is passionate about health care, human rights, job creation, the environment, and education.

“If elected, I will fight to protect the Chesapeake Bay and the Northern Neck waterways, and for affordable healthcare for everyone,” Edwards said in a press release. “I will work to find a way to bring internet access to every house and business in the Northern Neck”

Edwards is making bringing jobs to the Northern Neck one of his top campaign promises. “I’m running for Virginia’s House of Delegates in the 99th District because I want to fight to keep our waterways and land a source of livelihood for our childrens’ future and for our economy,” said Edwards.

Edwards believes that bringing high speed internet access to all homes will build infrastructure that will drive jobs and economy.
The environment and healthcare are also top priorities. Edwards describes himself as the “anti-fracking” candidate, “We all live downstream.”

Read more of this story in the October 4 issue of the Westmoreland News.