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I ran as a Republican in Virginia, but now I’m voting for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate because the GOP has strayed.

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I ran as a Republican in Virginia, but now I’m voting for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate because the GOP has strayed.

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  • In 2015, I was a Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates.

  • Since then, the entire GOP has gone astray.

  • I vote for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the race for governor of Virginia.

  • Matt Walton is an educator in Virginia.

  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.

In 2015, my name was on the ballot to become a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. I had an “R” next to my name. On November 2, I will be voting for Democrat and former Governor Terry McAuliffe to be the next Governor of Virginia. I chose to support McAuliffe because the GOP got lost and the Republican candidate, Glenn Youngkin, did not win my support or my vote.

In 2016, I joined over 70 Republicans who urged the RNC to reduce its support for Trump, a group that would be labeled #NeverTrump Republicans. Throughout the Trump presidency, this group saw how the party failed to resist Trump’s immoral and, according to many legal experts, illegal activities during his tenure. On January 5, 2021, after it was clear that the GOP was going to support Trump in defeat, I made the decision to quit the Republican Party and become independent.

After the Republicans in Virginia decided, in a closed-door convention, to nominate businessman Glenn Youngkin as their candidate, it became clear to me that Youngkin was unfit for a position. and that I should not only vote McAuliffe, but actively support him.

The events of the January 6 uprising played a key role in supporting McAulliffe. Youngkin has made “electoral integrity” a key part of his campaign, even creating a membership card task force.

In fact, one of Youngkin’s main supporters and his prominent surrogate delegate, John McGuire, admitted to attending the January 6 rally (although he denies going to Capitol Hill). Additionally, Youngkin even embraced and campaigned with state senator and future Trump Amanda Chase, who not only attended the January 6 rally but also attended the election “cyber symposium” hosted by Mike “My. Pillow “Lindell.

It is pathetic that Youngkin openly embraces people who have sought to overturn the vote not only of the American people, but more importantly the very people he wants to represent as governor.

The next governor will appoint the members of the State Electoral Council as well as the commissioner of the Department of Elections. As a governor that I know, McAuliffe will be an advocate for democracy and appoint respected people who stand up for the will of the voters of Virginia, which I’m sure Youngkin won’t, depending on who he embraced.

Another reason I decided to support McAuliffe is that he has proven to have the ability to work with the other side. McAuliffe will work in a bipartisan fashion with reasonable Republicans, as he has done before: securing a record investment in education, improving transportation, job creation and workforce development.

While governor, McAuliffe secured a record $ 1 billion investment in education, working with the Republican-controlled General Assembly, and expanded preschool to thousands of children in need . Going forward, he intends to invest a record $ 2 billion a year in education and raise teachers’ salaries above the national average.

As a teacher myself, I know McAuliffe will not succumb to partisan attacks on education. His record shows that he can work with both sides to get things done to improve our education system. He signed the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Fund And Program Into Effect in March 2016, working with a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

On education, McAuliffe listened to parents and teachers when he signed bipartisan legislation to eliminate five SOL tests in Virginia. Additionally, as governor, McAuliffe worked with the GOP to reform graduation standards. Former Republican delegate Steven Landes and former chairman of the House Education Committee said the reforms reflected bipartisan cooperation between the Republican-led legislature and McAuliffe.

As more pragmatic Republicans in the state retire, like former President Kirk Cox this cycle, and leave the General Assembly, they are being replaced by more extreme and partisan figures. It’s hard to see how Youngkin would be any different from the far-right GOP political leaders we see in Washington DC.

I don’t agree with McAuliffe on everything – in fact, I didn’t vote for him in 2017 – but since that time the GOP has metastasized into a conspiratorial, election-refusal party. McAuliffe is interested in protecting votes and will ensure that there is no attempt to overturn an election. The choice is so clear.

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