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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 10/12/2009

My Endorsement: Honest With the People

By washingtonpost.com editors

The Post is asking readers to make the case for their favored candidate in the Virginia governor’s race in 200 words or less.

By Nancy Martin-Finks
Harrisonburg

Supports: R. Creigh Deeds
Party Identification: Independent
2005 Vote: Timothy M. Kaine

Does anyone seriously think that, after the recent painful budget cuts, hundreds of millions of dollars can be siphoned from the general fund without affecting education, public safety or mental health services? Yet this is Robert F. McDonnell’s plan to fund our roads. R. Creigh Deeds is honest enough to say that all funding options are on the table, except taking from the general fund. Without new revenue, roads just won’t be improved. Deeds’s plan is workable because it doesn’t box him in to sound bites that won’t fix the problem.

Deeds’s economic policy gives new tax credits to businesses only if they create new jobs, instead of relying on the old theory that if businesses have lower taxes and little regulation, they’ll automatically create jobs. We saw how well this worked during the Bush administration, a model McDonnell still embraces.

As a public school employee, I am especially impressed with Deeds’s record on education. He knows that to attract teachers to low-performing schools, some incentives, such as college loan forgiveness, are necessary. Let’s keep our state the “best managed” by electing R. Creigh Deeds as governor.

To submit your own endorsement, write to letters@washpost.com with “My Endorsement” in the subject line. Include your party affiliation, if any, as well as how you voted in Virginia’s last governor’s race. Finally, please include a day and evening phone number (not for publication) and a note disclosing any connection you have to Sen. R. Creigh Deeds or Robert F. McDonnell, their campaigns or the Democratic or Republican parties.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 12, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Tags:  Deeds, Virginia, election, governor  
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Comments

This is well written and makes a lot of sense. You should do more to get your message out where it will help Mr. Deeds. Thanks

Posted by: Falmouth1 | October 15, 2009 5:59 AM | Report abuse

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