Voters in the 4th U.S. Congressional district can choose to vote in the Republican or Democratic primary tomorrow for their House representative. Those who vote in the Democratic primary will have a choice between Ella Ward and Joe Elliot. Republicans will have Randy Forbes and Bonnie Girard.
Democrats should vote for Ella Ward. I’ve met Joe Elliot, and he seems like a decent person, but his pathetic campaign has been little more than a distraction. He’s done a disservice to his supporters and to 4th District Democrats by continuing his unenthusiastic campaign when he could have been supporting the Democrat who will prove to be the better challenger to Randy Forbes.
Ella Ward is a highly qualified candidate. She has multiple degrees, including a Doctoral Degree in educational administration and supervision from Virginia Tech, and a history of service to her community as a teacher, school administrator, and councilwoman.
Knocking Randy Forbes out of his long-held position as the 4th Congressional district’s representative is a tough challenge. He uses religious rhetoric to deeply divide his constituency and publicly panders to the majority. It’s a winning formula which took him to an easy win over his previous challenger, Dr. Wynne Legrow, despite Dr. Legrow’s education, entrepreneurial success, and military service.
This year, the best chance of defeating Randy Forbes lies with an energetic and highly qualified public servant, Dr. Ella Ward. I encourage 4th District Democrats to get themselves to the polls tomorrow, June 12, and show our support for Ella Ward for U.S. Congress, 4th District.