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Fauquier Republicans must unite and grow

After running a business for 35 years and raising a bunch of children I reached a point in my life where I could turn my attention to local politics. About a year and a half ago I participated in an “election” within the local Republican Party to re-form it and identify delegates and new leadership.

Well much to my surprise I seemed to have landed in the middle of a clash between an existing small group of republican folks and a new group who wanted to participate with and influence the committee.

An “election” occurred but it seems there were accusations of allowing/encouraging non-republicans to vote in order to maintain the existing group. After a couple of appeals to state Republican Party governing bodies it was determined that yes, there were significant irregularities and a new election should be held. That election (or canvass) is about to happen sometime in the next couple of months.

It is hoped that the two groups of republicans could find enough common ground to allow an expansion of the committee so that a greater number and variety of people could add their efforts and insights to find and elect good candidates to local, state and national office.

Those who have labored faithfully for years should be honored and valued. The new-comers should be sought after and included so that the local committee will have even greater influence.

Michael Straight                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Broad Run

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