A press release from the Republican Women of Shenandoah County and their president, Karen Kwiatkowski
The forum held on February 9th at the LFCC campus provided nearly 200 attendees from the upper Shenandoah Valley with an up-‐close and personal view of the seven Republicans vying for the party nod for Lt Governor.
All seven candidates attended, including Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson and Prince William County Supervisor Cory Stewart, US Senate Candidate Bishop E.W. Jackson, State Senator Steve Martin, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, entrepreneur Pete Snyder, and former State Senator and delegate Jeanne Marie Davis.
Event sponsors were the Republican Women of Shenandoah County, the Apple Valley Club of Winchester, and the Shenandoah Valley Constitutional Conservatives. The candidates were placed under the conservative microscope operated by moderator Suzanne Curran, Western Region Vice Chair of the Republican Party of Virginia.
While all candidates represented the values of limited government and individual opportunity, there were fireworks evident between those who have held office at the local level and often suffer from expensive federal and state mandates, and those who work or have worked in Richmond, at times dishing out those expensive mandates. The theme of liberty and freedom was consistently articulated by EW Jackson, and echoed loudly by the other candidates, especially businessman Pete Snyder who is running a well-‐funded and innovative campaign of “Big Conservative Ideas.” Susan Stimpson and Cory Stewart both touted their success in reducing taxation and invigorating local economies. Scott Lingamfelter shared status of his so-‐called Boneta Bill (Freedom to Farm without Fear) and many in the audience were very supportive of this effort to get government off of the backs of average people and local farmers.
The candidates all addressed a local issue of interest to Shenandoah County voters. Each expressed their thoughts on the direct and indirect cost to taxpayers of moral obligation bonds, and various Virginia Bond-‐Issuing Authority roles within, and relationship to, the Virginia Constitution. Virginia’s dependence on federal spending within in the Commonwealth was also discussed.
All of the candidates delivered the conservative message with passion, and the audience was large, intently listening, and well informed. The Republican Women of Shenandoah County wish to thank everyone who worked to arrange this event, the Apple Valley Club and Dody Stottlemyer specifically for personal donation of food and drinks, Shaffer’s Catering for a donation of coffee, the great people at LFCC, the attendees and the candidates, and many more.
For more information on these candidates, their websites are below:
Corey Stewart http://www.coreystewart.com
EW Jackson http://www.jacksonforlg.com/
Jeanne Marie Davis http://jeannemarie4lg.com
Pete Snyder http://www.petesnyder.com/
Scott Lingamfelter http://vote4scott.com/
Steve Martin http://senatorstevemartin.com/
Susan Stimpson http://susanstimpson.com/