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EDITORIAL: District 5 must be represented by someone great, not Good – The Cavalier Daily

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We are less than two weeks away from Election Day – 35 Senate seats and the 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs, which could affect the current House majority. Residents should be aware of recent changes at Congressional borders in the Commonwealth. Rep. Bob Good and Democratic challenger Josh Throneburg are competing for the District 5 seat, which contains communities stretching from Charlottesville to the North Carolina border. After reviewing the platforms and policies of both candidates, the Cavalier Daily editorial board endorses Josh Throneburg for Congress.

Good had two years to support his constituents, and he failed. Its legislative history speaks for itself — Good a sponsored legislation banning abortions, funding a wall along the US-Mexico border and easing restrictions on gun silencers. He also fell out with Representative Abigail Spanberger to defend Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s transgender policies, falsely affirming that Democrats believe in “preparing and encouraging gender confusion in elementary and middle school students.” The good consecrates a stereotype against queer and transgender people, overlooking the fact that a leader cause of suicide among LGBTQ+ youth is fanatical transphobia and homophobia. Youngkin’s policy – and Good’s defense of it – is a direct offensive about Virginia’s transgender community. Good hasn’t just failed to represent Virginia – he’s actively working against our best interests.

At the bare minimum, Virginians deserve someone who stands up for democracy. Good is in bad company with over a hundred Republican Representatives who Deny the results of the 2020 presidential election. He also voted against a law recognizing those who protected lawmakers during the Capitol insurrection. He has not spent a single day in office contributing to the overall welfare of democracy, let alone District 5. Now is the time for Virginians to voice their disapproval by voting to overthrow him.

Throneburg is the right choice for District 5 because it plans to work for every member of the community. First, Throneburg is committed to addressing the climate emergency facing our nation. If elected, Throneburg commit itself to the neighborhood’s transition to renewable energy, the implementation of a progressive tax on corporate carbon emissions and the creation of a network of green jobs to support this transition. Additionally, Throneburg wants to ensure that the vast rural and farming communities of District 5 are not overlooked. Throneburg promised to address underinvestment in these areas by developing programs for the reconstruction of rural schools, developing high-speed Internet and granting subsidies to rehabilitate houses and infrastructure. Throneburg also made access to affordable, quality health care one of his top priorities once he took office. In Charlottesville, rural patients are currently disadvantaged receive adequate health care – having higher death rates than their urban counterparts – which have been exacerbated by COVID-19. To combat this, Throneburg will cap drug costs and increase funding for the Community Health Centers Fund – which will further support satellite medical services that are more widely available to rural communities. Throneburg’s commitment to addressing District 5 issues is evident – and that’s why it deserves our vote.

Where Good has actively denied the human rights of marginalized groups in Virginia, Throneburg has pledged to fight for them. He has promised to protect LGBTQ+ rights by passing the Equality Act codifying gender identity protections and hopes to pass the Safer Schools Improvement Act, which would require states to receive Title IV funds to prevent and respond to bullying and harassment. Throneburg will also fight for a woman’s right to choose abortion. While abortion is currently legal in Virginia, this does not ensure its longevity. In power, Throneburg pledged to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, codifying the protections of Roe v. Wade in the law and increasing funding for community organizations working for maternal health. Throneburg is clearly the best choice to ensure human rights protection in Congress.

Early voting has already started in Virginia and will continue until November 5. For those away from home who are registered to vote elsewhere, absentee ballots can be requested until October 28 and must be postmarked and returned by Election Day on November 8. For more information about the election, including student information and same-day voter registration, visit Virginia’s Election website. What is at stake in this electoral cycle is high and we have the possibility of remedying it. Don’t let it get lost. District 5 needs to be represented by someone good — not good.

The Cavalier Daily Editorial Board is made up of the Editor-in-Chief, the Managing Editor, the two Opinion Editors, the two Senior Associates and an Opinion Columnist. The board can be reached at eb@cavalierdaily.com.

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