Editorial: Known quantities
Included among the candidates in Tuesday’s primaries are two faces familiar to Middle Peninsula voters—Gloucester at-large supervisor Louise Theberge and State Sen. Ralph Northam.
Theberge, who was first elected to the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors in 1999, is facing a challenger in the county’s Republican primary. While this is her primary opponent’s first bid for elective office, Theberge has 14 years of local government experience. She has a strong track record of supporting the needs of schools, law enforcement and other vital county services while, at the same time, exercising tight fiscal management. When the board went through an upheaval in 2008, Theberge remained a voice of calm reason, helping to guide the county back to a sensible course. Theberge has proven herself to be a community servant and deserves the voters’ support.
Northam, likewise, has compiled a strong track record of community service. The Army veteran and pediatric neurosurgeon has represented Mathews County and the rest of Virginia’s 6th District in the Senate of Virginia since 2008. He is on Tuesday’s Democratic ballot across the commonwealth, one of that party’s two candidates vying for the nomination for lieutenant governor. The only physician in the state Senate, Northam has stood out on health issues, such as helping to ban smoking in restaurants and insuring young athletes are protected from repeated concussions. But he has also been an advocate for women’s health, education and long-term solutions to Virginia’s transportation problems. An Eastern Shore native, Northam has exhibited a common-sense approach to the problems and challenges Virginia continues to face. Like Theberge, he has earned the voters’ trust and support.
In making these endorsements we stress that our choices’ opponents are individuals of known high character and achievement. Like all candidates, they have offered themselves to the public and await its decision. Our democracy will endure as long as we have a choice and exercise our voice