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Posted at 9:52 AM ET, 10/ 5/2009

My Endorsement: McDonnell's New Ideas

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 Ken Reid
Leesburg

Supports: Robert F. McDonnell
Party Identification: Republican
2005 Vote: Jerry W. Kilgore

Transportation has always been my main interest; I have been an activist for new roads and bus systems in the Washington area since 1997. R. Creigh Deeds has no specific transportation plan, although he voted several times for Gov. Tim Kaine’s excessive tax increases. Robert F. McDonnell, at least, has plans to dedicate a portion of the sales tax and general fund to Northern Virginia’s pressing road needs, to privatize state liquor stores and to use more tolling and private partnerships to build needed capacity, notably widening Interstate 66 inside the Beltway.

Taking money from the general fund is not such a bad idea, because it would force Richmond to rein in its budget and live within its means.

I also agree with McDonnell’s support for offshore drilling in Virginia, which will create jobs and new tax revenue for transportation. It’s time to start saying yes to new ideas.

The writer is a member of the Leesburg Town Council.

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 Finally, please include a day and evening phone number (not for publication) and a note disclosing any connection you have to Sen.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 5, 2009; 9:52 AM ET
Categories:  My Endorsement, Va. Politics  
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