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Gillespie stumps in Sterling in lead-up to primary

GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie stumps in Sterling a day before Tuesday’s primaries. Times-Mirror/Sydney Kashiwagi
As Virginians gear up to nominate the major party candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and General Assembly seats tomorrow, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie stumped in Sterling Monday to make a final plea to local voters.

“This is a critically important election. We’re at a critical junction in Virginia, we really are,” Gillespie told a crowd of nearly 50 supporters at Bungalow Lakehouse restaurant. “If you look at the data, it’s clear: We are stuck, and we have got to get unstuck, and doing the same thing we’ve been doing is not going to increase our opportunities, or create jobs ... [or] help people lift themselves out of poverty, and our policies will.”

Gillespie touted his tax plan that includes cutting individual income tax rates by 10 percent across the board. He said the plan would generate 53,000 “good paying, full-time private sector jobs.”

“We need those jobs, we need those opportunities,” Gillespie said.

Loudoun County Supervisor Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run) and state Del. Dave LaRock (R-33rd) joined Gillespie and expressed their support for the businessman and former Republican National Committee chairman.

Meyer highlighted the county Board of Supervisors' adopted $2.5 billion county budget for fiscal 2018, a spending plan that dropped the tax rate by two cents. Meyer said Gillespie’s “vision for tax reform” was the reason why he was supporting the gubernatorial candidate.

Gillespie emphasized to supporters he would be a governor “for all Virginians,” and he criticized the Democratic candidates for what he termed trying to divide Virginians.

“[The Democrats are] constantly trying to divide us, constantly trying to pit Virginian against Virginian, millennial against retiree, northern Virginia against coal country, employee against employer, women against men. I’m tired of it,” Gillespie said. “We are not going to divide our way to greater prosperity and better schools and more roads, and I will put forth a plan that will benefit all Virginians.”

Three Republicans and two Democrats are seeking their party's gubernatorial nomination, while three Republicans and three Democrats are hoping to be the state's lieutenant governor.

In Loudoun County, voters in the Democratic primary will select a candidate in two House of Delegates districts – the 33rd, currently represented by LaRock, and the 67th, a seat held by Jim LeMunyon (R).

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Picking candidates LTM? Stewart had a event last week at the same place but no coverage. Maybe there should be a list of donations made by LTM peoples so we can judge the bias for ourselves.

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