Editorial: Northam for the Senate
We see it every day—on TV, in the newspapers and in conversations with our friends and family. More and more, political partisanship has become an everyday fact of life. Elected officials at each level seem more concerned with scoring points with their core constituencies than in getting things done.
Ralph Northam is different. The soft-spoken state senator from Norfolk has been quietly working behind the scenes, reaching across the aisle to his Republican colleagues to bypass the gridlock in Richmond.
He’s not one for grabbing headlines by making outrageous statements or introducing token legislation on divisive wedge issues. From working to push a $4 billion transportation bonding package through the General Assembly to co-sponsoring legislation to keep phosphorus out of fertilizers that pollute the Chesapeake Bay, he has rolled up his sleeves to take on issues that have a real impact on the lives of the people he represents.
Northam recognizes the need to maintain and replace our crumbling infrastructure, provide a quality education to all, and give law enforcement agencies the resources they need to keep Virginians safe.
He has fought, as best he could, to spare these vital services from budget cuts. At the same time, he knows the importance of making the most of every tax dollar and of cutting out waste and fraud, where it exists.
A respected physician, he is uniquely positioned to face the continuing challenges of the implementation of health care reform. And as a child neurologist who has seen permanent, debilitating injuries among student-athletes, Northam sponsored Virginia’s youth sports concussion safety law that provides clear guidelines for dealing with head injuries, protecting young lives.
In today’s political climate, where lawmakers appear almost eager at times to make things worse just to further their particular agenda, it is comforting to have someone in Richmond who has pledged to "first, do no harm."
Voters in Mathews and the rest of Virginia’s 6th Senatorial District should see that he stays there.