To the editor:
The statewide Republican sweep of the governor’s, lieutenant governor’s and attorney general’s races, along with their success in the House of Delegates, should not surprise Virginians who have followed the campaign issues over the past few months. The vast majority of Virginia voters do not want to deal with extreme politicians or policies from either Democrats or Republicans.
Glenn Youngkin won the governor’s race because he focused on Virginia’s issues: the economic concerns of inflation, reducing government’s growth and mandates and addressing the concerns of parents over educational extremism taking place in our public schools. His campaign became a movement, where tens of thousands of Virginia Democrats voted for Youngkin because he did not nationalize the race and focused on local and statewide issues that voters cared about.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s campaign was based on an obsession with race and Donald Trump. McAuliffe constantly used race to divide Virginia voters with a misconception that there was a political gain by dividing the Commonwealth on racial issues. He constantly tried to compare Youngkin to Trump, attempting to scare voters away from the Republicans. Identity politics did not work, as voters did not fall for it.
Instead, voters elected the most diverse statewide ticket in Virginia history. Winsome Sears, a Black woman born in Jamaica, and Jason Miyares, the son of a Cuban immigrant, were not elected to office because they were Black and Latino but because they had better policies.
Sears ran a positive campaign, highlighting that Virginia and America is a welcoming place that provided her the opportunity to succeed due to desire and a hard work ethic. She never believed that you cannot be a success in life due to your race, and she spoke out against the false premise that America is a racist country.
Miyares will serve as our next attorney general and will prioritize public safety and embrace our law enforcement officers. Virginia needs to halt the recent rapid increase in crime; Miyares will make sure the law is concerned more with victims’ rights than criminals’ rights.
We are fortunate to have elected statewide leaders who care for the people they lead and who will put service before self. On a local level this should be a reminder to the new School Board members that the controversial Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent works for the School Board, and the School Board works for the parents.
There is a new day in Virginia with the promise that our government will answer to the citizens, and the citizens will not be run by the government. Jan. 15, 2022 cannot come soon enough.
-Frank Fannon, former member, Alexandria City Council